2016 Annual Gala

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2016 Annual Gala
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Join CIR Citizen Diplomats for the Annual CIR Benefit Gala 2016 featuring a cocktail reception, elegant dinner and timely discussion with distinguished guest speaker:

Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and retired United States Navy Admiral who served as the 15th Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO’s 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Admiral Stavridis will discuss:

Twenty-First Century Challenges and Opportunities

Location: The Eldorado Hotel, 309 W San Francisco Street
Cost: $150 CIR Members and $175 Nonmembers and Guests
(includes a complimentary one-year membership to CIR)

Full tables available at a discounted price.

The deadline to reserve for this event is passed. If you are still interested in attending, please call the CIR office: 982-4931, ext. 102.

Click here to read an article about Admiral James Stavridis in the Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Santa Fe New Mexican.

Listen to Admiral Stavridis describe his talk below about his coming talk at the Gala:

Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations Citizen Diplomats for this special evening.  It is our annual benefit gala to celebrate 51 years 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 a cocktail reception followed by dinner in the Grand Ballroom.  The evening will feature a timely talk by Admiral James Stavridis.

James Stavridis is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933.  A retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander.  He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009.

A Fletcher PhD, he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student and has published six books and over 150 articles.  His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.

Stavridis has long advocated the use of “smart power,” which he defines as the balance of hard and soft power taken together. In numerous articles and speeches, he has advocated creating security in the 21st century by building bridges, not walls. His message was articulated in his book, Partnership for the Americas, which was based on his time as Commander of the U.S. Southern Command  from 2006—2009 and was summarized in his 2012 Ted Global talk in Scotland which has been viewed more than 650,000 times on line.

Click here to listen to the 2012 Ted Global talk delivered by Admiral James Stavridis.

This annual event allows CIR to provide programs on international issues that engage and educate the Santa Fe community. Consider supporting CIR by purchasing a table or sponsoring a student to attend.

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


1.) Wood Grilled Filet of Beef, Green Peppercorn Demi-Glace

2.) Pan Roasted Sea Bass, Vodka Tomato Cream

3.) Wild Mushroom and Spinach Cannelloni with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Community Sponsors:

         Peter N. Ives, Santa Fe City Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem 

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