Founded in 1965 to assist foreign visitors, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) has grown rapidly in recent years, both expanding and enhancing its activities. The mission of CIR is to connect New Mexico with the world by engaging and educating people to become responsible global citizens. CIR offers lectures by distinguished diplomats and scholars, foreign affairs discussions, and education activities for students. Our efforts stimulate dialogue and educate members, students, and the community about crucial globalization and foreign affairs issues. CIR is one of more than 90 nationwide affiliates of the Global Ties U.S. and one of about 90 members of the World Affairs Councils of America. CIR was established in 1965 and is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. CIR members receive discounts to events and opportunities to participate in member-only activities. In addition to supporting these activities, membership fees and donations allow us to provide free admission to events for students.
In 2018, CIR welcomed 450 international visitors, who are rising leaders in their countries, to learn about entrepreneurship, journalism, traditional art, the preservation of indigenous cultural sites, and many other issues relevant in New Mexico. The visitors are brought to Santa Fe through collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, the Library of Congress, and other organizations. CIR volunteers can organize and participate in these programs by providing homestays, dinners, and receptions for the visitors.