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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
CIR's 2019 Annual Policy Simulation at Santa Fe Prep. February 2019.
Our ED, Sandy, presenting at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
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.


We connect New Mexico and the world by engaging and educating people to become 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 425 international visitors to northern New Mexico. We connect ideas with action, through a membership of former ambassadors, foreign service officers, executives, and an engaged public seeking insight into these complex times.


Calendar of Upcoming Events


March 27th, 2019: Great Decisions. Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics. Todd Greentree will present.

March 28th, 2019: Martha C. Franks book signing: Books without Borders: Homer, Aeschylus, Galileo, Melville, and Madison Go To China. CIR Conference Room, 12-1:30pm. Tickets are $5 and available here or at the door.

March 28th, 2019: New Member Reception. For all new CIR members over the past year. Email Susan for details.

April 2nd, 2019: Global Climate Change Policy Seminar. The last in the series. Click here for more.

April 8th, 2019: Afghan Naan Chaasht: Updates from Afhanistan. With six visiting Afghan leaders, two speakers on US-Afghan relations, and much more. Tickets and details here.

April 10th, 2019: Great Decisions. The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested. Morgan Smith will present.

April 15th, 2019: Citizen Exchange Circles and a Formal Panel Presentation with 22 visiting international journalists. Tickets and details here.

May 1st, 2019: Great Decisions. The State of the State Department and Diplomacy. Amb. Mark Asquino will present.

May 2nd, 2019: Terence Ward on The Wahhabi Code: How Saudis Spread Extremism Globally. All details TBD.

May 23rd, 2019: Dean Cheng on US-China Relations: The Three Knots. Why Asia is not Europe. Why China is not the Soviet Union. And why this not your father’s PLA. All details TBD.

Two recent pieces in the Santa Fe New Mexican:

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

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


Visiting International Journalists: Exchange Circles and Panel Presentation

Visiting International Journalists: Exchange Circles and Panel Presentation

On Monday, April 15th there are two opportunities to connect with a coming delegation of international journalists. First, we’ll convene a number of Citizen Exchange Circles, where we’ll sit in small groups with the visiting journalists to learn all about the state of journalism in their home countries. And then, that night, we’ll hear from a selection of journalists on the CIR stage in a moderated conversation. What, for instance, are the current challenges for Egyptian, Iraqi, Turkish, and Venezuelan journalists? It promises to be a fantastic day of connection, insight, and exchange. Continue Reading

Great Decisions 2019

Great Decisions 2019

Great Decisions is the country’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Afghan Naan Chaasht: Updates from Afghanistan
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Join CIR for a unique luncheon on Monday, April 8th. We'll bring six Afghans (here as part of our International Visitor Program) together with two experts on US-Afghan relations for a fascinating discussion exploring the many sides of modern Afghanistan. The lunch will be catered by Beyond the Plate, with Afghan women refugees preparing a series of delectable dishes.