Welcome to Santa Fe Council on International Relations

We connect New Mexico and the world by engaging and inspiring global citizens through dialogue, education, and cross-cultural exchange. 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. We envision a community in which New Mexicans, through cross-cultural exchange, engagement, and education, act as global citizens, applying a firm knowledge of global economics, politics, cultures, and leaders for the betterment of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the United States, and the globe. Read our 2020-22 Strategic Plan!

Through our partnership with the U.S. State Department, we welcomed over 400 international visitors to northern New Mexico in 2019. 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.

Take a trip down Memory Lane and read our 2019 Annual Report!!!!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

CIR’s Live Stream Channel.
Join CIR every Thursday at 10am for a fascinating conversation on this rapidly changing world… All details and speakers here.


November 10th through December 3rd, 2020:

Journalism under Fire: Covering Crisis

Tuesday, December 1, 10:00 am The Newsroom and Crisis – Tina Susman (TIME Magazine), Jennifer Ludden (NPR News), and Pervaiz Shallwani (CNN) All details here

Tuesday, December 1, 5:30 pm Satirizing Crisis, Part Two – Ann Telnaes (The Washington Post), Kevin KAL Kallaugher (The Economist, The Baltimore Sun), with moderator David Folkenflik (NPR) All details here

Wednesday, December 2, 10:00 am Covering Environmental Crises through Innovation and Collaboration – Eliza Barclay (Vox.com), Juliana Mori (InfoAmazonia), Fredrick Mugira (Water Journalists Africa), moderated by the Pulitzer Center’s Nora Moraga-Lewy All details here

Wednesday, December 2, 5:30 pm Disinformation, Trolls, and Harassment: Reflections from Brazil – Patricia Campos Mello (Folha de São Paulo) and Dr. Courtney Radsch (The Committee to Protect Journalists) All details here

Thursday, December 3, 5:30 pm Journalism under Fire: Closing Ceremony – with Dana Priest, Eliza Gilkyson performing, Peter Baker (NY Times), Susan Glasser (The New Yorker), Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists All details here

Friday, December 4, 10:00 am Conference Interactive Discussion Session: Wrap Up  with Dana Priest (The Washington Post) All details here

CIR in the news

March 6, 2020: In Santa Fe, Susan Rice criticizes Trump’s ‘me-first foreign policy’

February 23, 2020: Former national security adviser Rice to speak in Santa Fe

January 18, 2020: Former acting CIA Director to speak in Santa Fe

November 15, 2019: Former Mueller chief of staff speaks in Santa Fe

November 13, 2019: Journalism under Fire conference examines how technology shapes facts

November 9, 2019: Technology shapes the truth — but how?

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

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

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


Upcoming Events

2020 Live Streams
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In this Brave New World, CIR is proud to announce a regular series of live stream events. Over the next two months, we'll bring you a steady diet of extraordinary local, national, and global speakers covering issues that go far beyond the novel coronavirus... While the virus is of course radically reshaping the world, we still see the rise of authoritarianism, the devastating effects of climate change, the continued repression of journalists, and we know that we cannot lose our focus on all these forces. And, just as importantly, we want to offer our community an opportunity to interact with these speakers -- with ourselves -- through dynamic Q&A sessions.