The Future of War

The future will see a continuation of the evolution of war towards civilizational conflict. War will be fought across many different domains (conventional military; financial, media and entertainment; infrastructure at all scales; consumer products and services); will involve both new players, such as environmental groups, and the return of old players, such as state religions; and will reflect rapid evolution of powerful and unpredictable technology systems, such as AI and autonomous systems, and social media Continue Reading

Soner Cagaptay: on Turkey’s New Sultan

Since the failed coup of July 2016, Turkey’s authoritarian slide has intensified. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used his post-coup State of Emergency powers to crack down not only on putschists, but a wide group of opposition factions from seculars to liberals to leftists, and Kurdish nationalists. Accordingly, Turkey is now divided into two blocks: a mostly conservative half (many members of which Erdogan has lifted out of poverty in the last decade) that adores him, and a mostly leftist half that loathes him. Continue Reading

2017 China Town Hall

Join the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations for a conversation on China featuring Ambassador Rice via webcast, plus in-person discussions with China specialists at 80+ venues. The conversation will begin in Santa Fe with a local China expert setting the stage. Continue Reading

Embracing the Unknown

Embracing the Unknown: 6,500 Miles of Life on a Bicycle CIR is proud to present a photo presentation and discussion with Santa Fe natives Erin Azouz & Mehedi van Hattum. When: Monday, October 16th 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Where: Hacienda Room, Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda & Spa. 1501 Paseo De Peralta Cost: Free! But donations… Continue Reading

Special Cuba Briefing

Join CIR on October 10th to learn what is going on in Cuba these days. Who is behind the sonic attacks on U.S. and Canadian embassy staff? What does the effective travel ban on Cuban citizens to the U.S. entail? How might the Cuban government respond? Should U.S. travelers follow the State Department’s recommendation and… Continue Reading