The Amb. Huddleston Lectures

Amb. Vicki Huddleston, a member of the CIR Board of Directors, will offer a four-part lecture series over the fall. Join us! She’s a fantastic story-teller who will weave history, politics, and her own personal experiences in exploring the Indian Ocean and the African continent on four distinct but connected topics. Continue Reading

Journalism under Fire

Our second annual Journalism under Fire conference will take place 14-15 November. This year, we’ll ask, “How is technology shaping the truth?” and we’ll look at social media and fake news; artificial intelligence (like deep fakes); and digital forensics. With speakers from the New York Times and Washington Post, and 26 international journalists here through the U.S. Department of State. Continue Reading

CIR’s 2019 Holiday Party

Drop by and enjoy plenty of festive fun with CIR members and friends! Our annual Holiday Open House and Annual Meeting begins at 4:00 pm with many tasty treats and a cup of good cheer. The 2019 Board of Directors will be introduced, accompanied by Past Year Achievements and New Year forecasts from President, Chuck Case and Executive Director, Sandy Campbell. We’ll also honor some outstanding CIR Board Members and volunteers! This party as always doubles as our Annual Meeting. Continue Reading

Upcoming Speakers

CIR regularly hosts panel discussions, presentations, dialogues, and luncheons on pressing issues. We also feature dinner-and-a-movie events, photo presentations, and film screenings to help us better understand the beauty and mystery of the world – and of far-off cultures. Our speaker program is one of our flagship programs. We bring to the CIR stage former ambassadors,… Continue Reading

Journalism under Fire: Grand Opening Event

Join the grand celebration of Journalism under Fire at 6pm at La Fonda on November 14th. Following a cash-bar reception with Ron Haviv’s photo cubes and networking with conference speakers and the visiting 26 African journalists, we’ll gather in the ballroom for music from United World College’s African Chorus; an exceptional conference blessing from Aunt Ivy Smith; and speeches from the Mayor of Santa Fe and the CIR leadership team. Continue Reading

Amb. Asquino on South Sudan

During five years of conflict, some 400,000 South Sudanese were killed in horrendous violence. A fragile peace agreement was signed on September 12, 2018 that calls for a new government of national unity to be formed no later than November 12, 2019. Will the South Sudanese achieve this — or fall into further conflict? Continue Reading

Tariffs and Trade

Over two and a half centuries, the federal government experimented with a wide range of tariff and trade initiatives. Despite this long history, the current Trump administration policies have few precedents. This talk will describe how disillusionment with congressional tariff legislation led to changes that now allow a president great latitude to impose or rescind tariffs. The presentation will also examine the nature and probable impact of President Trump’s approach to international trade. Continue Reading