Welcome to Santa Fe Council on International Relations
The team from the MASTERS Program thinks about an AWQ question...
A delegate from Sudan visits MOCHA
Students discuss during the Middle East Symposium in April 2017.
Guests from Georgia, as part of our International Visitor Leadership Program, visit Bandelier National Monument. June 2016.
A delegation from Belarus learns about social entrepreneurship from local businesses and nonprofits.
The winning team from Las Cruces contemplates their AWQ answer.
Students discuss during March 2017's Academic WorldQuest.

We at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations 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 US foreign policy through our talks and panels and lectures.

We welcome around 300 international visitors every year to northern New Mexico, plugging them into our community. Find out who’s coming to town right here!! We educate the next generation with global awareness and competencies. Visit our newly updated 2018 Education page to see all of our programs over 2018-19!

We connect ideas with action, through a membership of former ambassadors, foreign service officers, executives, and folks seeking insight into these complex times.

Click here for our newest feature: podcasts. If you missed one of our speakers, or want to revisit some of their insights, these are a wonderful resource.



Check out our pictures from the Global Citizen Summit – a truly epic event!!! And here’s a video of the Global Citizen Summit done by our Korean intern Yeseul.

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 26: Join us for our CIR Summer Gathering!! There will be wine, food, and 4 journalists from Thailand… Click here for more details.

Tuesday, July 31: Exploring the Gardens of Kyoto with Charles Mann. A lunch presentation at Hotel Santa Fe. Click here for tickets and details.

Thursday, August 16th: Linda Funsch on Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization. Click here for details.

Thursday, August 23rd: The State of the State Department: An Ambassador Roundtable with Ambs. Huddleston, Hawkins, and Asquino. Click here for details.

Friday, November 2nd: Our Annual Gala with Amb. Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia. Click here for tickets and all details.

5-7 December: Journalism under Fire, CIR’s media extravaganza. Click here for details. Major headline speakers to be announced in July.

CIR is thrilled to have our first-ever corporate partner, PNM, sponsoring this year’s annual policy simulation and a speaker series on Energy’s Global Future.


Journalism under Fire

Journalism under Fire

Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations in December to explore the essential connections between journalism and democracy – between truth and power. In concert with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), and various regional and local partners, the Journalism Under Fire media summit will offer up world-class speakers, journalists, and case studies exploring press freedoms and the turbulent dynamics of today’s media – from the global to the local, from cyberspace to campus newsrooms. Alongside cutting-edge intellectual dialogue will be photojournalist exhibits, political cartoons (and cartoonists), workshops, advocacy campaigns, virtual reality games, music, film, and food. With the incomparable Santa Fe as backdrop, Journalism Under Fire will bring together some extraordinary thought – and action – leaders. Continue Reading



CIR proudly presents its newest multimedia feature: podcasts. Below find all our episodes, with many more to come! We will interview all future speakers at CIR, and present these here. Note that there is a link for each podcast below that will take you directly to the episode. Alternatively–so that you never miss another episode!–open… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

CIR Member Summer Gathering
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CIR Member Summer Gathering. We are inviting all CIR members to join us in the shady grove right outside our office and next to the Rosario Street bridge for a fantastic reception with four visiting Thai journalists.
Exploring the Gardens of Kyoto with Charles Mann
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Join CIR members and guests for a delightful exploration of Japanese gardesns portrayed through a stunning slide show and discussion by photographer, Charles Mann. This event includes a buffet luncheon.
Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization
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Linda Pappas Funsch, author of Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization, will discuss the history and modern transformation of the Sultanate of Oman, a little known, but vitally important, country of the Arab Middle East.
Ambassador Round Table - Round Two!
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Join us on August 23rd for lunch and a panel discussion at the Estancia Primera Clubhouse to hear Amb. Vicki Huddleston, Amb. Mark Asquino, and Amb. Pat Hawkins review the current status of the State Department under newly appointed Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
2018 Annual Gala
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Join CIR members and guests for an elegant autumn evening at La Fonda on the Plaza featuring keynote speaker, Amb. Michael McFaul, who served as the United States Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.