Welcome to Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Students discuss during the Middle East Symposium in April 2017.
CIR High School Fellow speaking at 2018 Journalism under Fire
Panel on Challenges for Indigenous Journalism
Political cartoons at 2018 Journalism under Fire
Jenni Monet at 2018 Journalism under Fire
Ambassador Michael McFaul with local students
CIR 2019 Policy Simulation at Capital High School


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.

We are the World Affairs Councils of America Council of the Month for September, 2018. We’re thrilled by the honor!


Calendar of Upcoming Events

Great Decisions – Now Enrolling. The next session is February 27th on The Rise of Populism in Europe. John Dobson will present.

March 1st, 2019: Regional Briefing Luncheon: Latin America with Todd Greentree, Rachel Kleinfeld, and UNM’s Bill Stanley.

March 6th, 2019: This year’s Academic WorldQuest competition will be held at the Santa Fe Community College.

March 21st, 2019: Sig Hecker on “North Korea: What’s Next?”. Tickets and details here.

April 11th, 2019: Seyed Houssain Mousavian on Iran-US Relations: Current and Regional Concerns. All details TBD.

April 24th, 2019: Global Citizen Summit at St. John’s College. All details TBD.

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

Thanks to the Santa Fe New Mexican for this coverage of the Journalism Under Fire 2018 conference in early December. They documented a few of the highlights of their VIP reception for the visiting journalists and speakers in a fantastic full page photo gallery.


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

Global Climate Change Policy Seminars

Global Climate Change Policy Seminars

Join CIR for something new and exciting beginning in October – a three-part seminar series on climate change. Each will be 1.5 hours long, held in CIR’s conference room; each will feature a detailed discussion of international climate change policy. All seminars will begin with a 45-minute presentation from noted World Bank economist, lecturer, and speaker Dan Morrow. Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Regional Briefing Luncheon: Latin America
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Join CIR for our very first Regional Briefing Luncheon, where we'll take a deep dive into the issues defining our neighbors to the south. How will Venezuela's current crisis end: with a coup, massive emigration - or worse? How will the election of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil reshape that leading country and economy?
Dr. Sig Hecker on What's Next for North Korea
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2017 was a very dangerous year on the Korean Peninsula, with regular nuclear tests and a war of words with President Trump - from "dotard" to "Little Rocket Man". However, rapid North/South rapprochement and the Singapore Kim/Trump Summit in 2018 dramatically lowered tensions and the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula – creating space and time to pursue diplomatic solutions. Dr. Hecker will review the current status of diplomacy and nuclear developments and look ahead after the second Kim/Trump Summit scheduled for the end of February.