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CIR's 2019 Annual Policy Simulation at Santa Fe Prep. February 2019.
Jason Rezaian from The Washington Post spoke about his 544 day imprisonment in Iran at Journalism under Fire. December, 2018
Panel on Challenges for Indigenous Journalism at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
Ambassador Michael McFaul with local students at CIR's 2018 Annual Gala.
Political cartoons at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
Jenni Monet and Dr. Courtney Radsch speaking on "Justice for Journalists under Fire" at Journalism under Fire. December 2018
Students discuss policy options during CIR's Annual Policy Simulation in April 2017.
CIR's 2019 Annual Policy Simulation at Capital High School. February 2019.
Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber leading a moment of silence for slain journalists at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
UNM student interviewing Amb. Michael McFaul at CIR's 2018 Annual Gala. November 2018.
CIR High School Fellow taking the stage at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
The winning team (ASK Academy of Rio Rancho) of the 2018 Academic WorldQuest competition.
Olga Yurkova, the creator of Stopfake.org, discussing Russian disinformation efforts in Ukraine at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
CIR High School Fellow speaking at Journalism under Fire. December, 2018
Our ED, Sandy, presenting at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.

We connect New Mexico and the world by engaging, educating, and inspiring people as responsible global citizens. We promote an in-depth understanding of globalization — including the responsibilities of the global citizen — and U.S. foreign policy through our community education and high school/college education programs.

Through our partnership with the U.S. State Department, this year we will welcome over 400 international visitors to northern New Mexico. We connect ideas with action, with a membership of former ambassadors, foreign service officers, executives, and an engaged public seeking insight into these complex times.


Calendar of Upcoming Events

November 7, 2019: South Sudan: Can Africa’s Newest Nation Ever Find Peace and Prosperity? With Amb. Mark Asquino. All details here.

November 19 and December 10, 2019: The Amb. Vicki Huddleston Lectures. All details here.

November 14-15, 2019: Journalism under Fire returns! This year we ask, “how is technology shaping the truth?” All details here.

December 3, 2019: Benedicte Valentiner speaks about her many years as Chatelaine of Blair House. All details here.

December 12, 2019: CIR’s Holiday Party. Contact Susan to RSVP – 505-982-4931.

January 16, 2019: John Dobson speaks about the past, present and future of Tariffs and Trade. All details here.

January 30, 2020: former Acting Director of the CIA, Michael Morell. All details here.

February 20, 2020: former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, David Scheffer. All details here.

CIR in the news

March 8, 2019: A Quest for Knowledge on our Academic WorldQuest competition.

March 9, 2019: EU diplomat stresses safety, equality at Women’s Day in Santa Fe.

June 8, 2019: Panel discusses trade war’s effects on New Mexico the Albuquerque Journal covered our Regional Briefing Luncheon: Shifting Winds of Trade.


Journalism under Fire: Grand Opening Event

Journalism under Fire: Grand Opening Event

Join the grand celebration of Journalism under Fire at 6pm at La Fonda on November 14th. Following a cash-bar reception with Ron Haviv’s photo cubes and networking with conference speakers and the visiting 26 African journalists, we’ll gather in the ballroom for music from United World College’s African Chorus; an exceptional conference blessing from Aunt Ivy Smith; and speeches from the Mayor of Santa Fe and the CIR leadership team. Continue Reading

Journalism under Fire

Journalism under Fire

Our second annual Journalism under Fire conference will take place 14-15 November. This year, we’ll ask, “How is technology shaping the truth?” and we’ll look at social media and fake news; artificial intelligence (like deep fakes); and digital forensics. With speakers from the New York Times and Washington Post, and 26 international journalists here through the U.S. Department of State. Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

The Amb. Huddleston Lectures
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Amb. Vicki Huddleston, a member of the CIR Board of Directors, will offer a four-part lecture series over the fall. Join us! She’s a fantastic story-teller who will weave history, politics, and her own personal experiences in exploring the Indian Ocean and the African continent on four distinct but connected topics.
Tariffs and Trade
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Over two and a half centuries, the federal government experimented with a wide range of tariff and trade initiatives. Despite this long history, the current Trump administration policies have few precedents. This talk will describe how disillusionment with congressional tariff legislation led to changes that now allow a president great latitude to impose or rescind tariffs. The presentation will also examine the nature and probable impact of President Trump’s approach to international trade.
Michael Morell: A Dangerous World
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Michael J. Morell, the former Acting and Deputy Director of CIA, briefed multiple presidents over a 33-year career in intelligence. On January 30th, 2020, he'll share with our Santa Fe community his thoughts on the most important national security threats and challenges facing the United States today. Mr. Morell was the only person who was both with President Bush on 9/11 and with President Obama when Osama bin Laden was brought to justice in May 2011. He will present his remarks in conversation with CIR Board Member Amb. Vicki Huddleston.
David Scheffer: The Sit Room
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CIR is thrilled to announce that the former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001), David Scheffer, will speak in Santa Fe on February 20, 2020. He'll discuss his latest book, The Sit Room: In the Theater of War and Peace (Oxford 2019), focusing on foreign policy under the Trump Administration.