CIR Annual Benefit Banquet 2014 with featured guest speaker: Ambassador Marc Grossman

Join CIR Citizen Diplomats for the Annual CIR Benefit Banquet 2014 featuring a cocktail reception, elegant dinner and timely discussion with distinguished guest speaker:

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Ambassador Marc Grossman

  • Former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2011-2012)

  • Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2001—2005)

  • Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1997—2000) U.S.

  • Ambassador to Turkey (1994—1997)

Does the Transatlantic Relationship Still Matter?

Location: The Palace Ballroom, Drury Plaza Hotel,  228 East Palace Avenue


Cost: $100 CIR Members and $125 Nonmembers and Guests (includes a complimentary one-year membership to CIR)

Full tables are available for a discounted price.


Reservations must be made by Friday, September 12

Complimentary valet parking available.



Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations Citizen Diplomats for this special evening.  It is the kick-off event for CIR’s upcoming 50th anniversary year of hosting international visitors and bringing greater knowledge of world affairs to the community of Santa Fe. Our festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails in the garden followed by an elegant dinner in the Palace Ballroom of the new Drury Plaza Hotel.


The evening will feature a timely talk by Ambassador Marc Grossman entitled, “Does the Transatlantic Relationship Still Matter?” Ambassador Grossman is a former Chair of the National Board of the World Affairs Councils of America and a former Ambassador to Turkey, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.  He is a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group.

The transatlantic relationship is one of the most profound and successful pillars of America’s global engagement.  Some argue that the rise of Asia, the challenges posed by global issues such as the fight against extremism, climate change, promoting economic growth and the relative success of creating a Europe whole, free and at peace means that the United States will pay less attention to its transatlantic ties.  Russia’s annexation of Crimea and attempted destabilization of eastern Ukraine reminds us that Europe and the NATO alliance still matter; NATO’s leaders will meet in Wales in early September.  The European Union’s struggle to maintain economic progress and common currency also has profound implications for the United States.  And President Obama’s call for a transatlantic trade and investment partnership – a U.S.-Europe free trade area – could affect all of our lives.

Ambassador Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department’s third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005 after 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service.  As Under Secretary, he helped marshal diplomatic support for the international response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.  He also managed U.S. policies in the Balkans and Colombia and promoted a key expansion of the NATO alliance.  As Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, he helped direct NATO’s military campaign in Kosovo and an earlier round of NATO expansion.  In Turkey, Ambassador Grossman encouraged vibrant U.S. – Turkish economic relations.


In February 2011, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton called Ambassador Grossman back to service as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  He provided U.S. backing for an Afghan peace process designed to end thirty years of conflict and played an important part in restoring U.S. ties with Pakistan.

Please note your entree selection in the Comments section at the end of the online checkout process:

Entree Choices:

1.) Cedar Planked Salmon with Italian Salsa Verde and Grilled Farmer’s Market Vegetables

2.) Filet of Beef with Basil Butter and Yukon Potato Puree and Heirloom Tomato Ragout

3.) Mild Fire Roasted Chile Relleno stuffed with Mushroom Duxelles and Garlic Chevre Sauce

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