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David Scheffer: The Sit Room
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CIR is thrilled to announce that the former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001), David Scheffer, will speak in Santa Fe on February 20, 2020. He'll discuss his latest book, The Sit Room: In the Theater of War and Peace (Oxford 2019), focusing on foreign policy under the Trump Administration.
Michael Morell: A Dangerous World
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Michael J. Morell, the former Acting and Deputy Director of CIA, briefed multiple presidents over a 33-year career in intelligence. On January 30th, 2020, he'll share with our Santa Fe community his thoughts on the most important national security threats and challenges facing the United States today. Mr. Morell was the only person who was both with President Bush on 9/11 and with President Obama when Osama bin Laden was brought to justice in May 2011. He will present his remarks in conversation with CIR Board Member Amb. Vicki Huddleston.
Tariffs and Trade
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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.
Terence Ward: Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism and America
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Terence Ward's new book The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally pulls the mask off Saudi Arabia and presents a conundrum. Few global leaders or journalists have connected the dots or understood that Wahhabism -- the ultra-conservative doctrine of Saudi Arabia -- is also the core ideology of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Boko Haram. As the Saudis have nurtured the spread of Wahhabism and its lethal ideology throughout the world, they have succeeded in silencing most media criticism...until recently.
Benedicte Valentiner: Blair House
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Across from the White House lies the intensely private Blair House complex, the world’s most prestigious presidential guest house. Join CIR for this fascinating talk from Blair House's long-serving Chatelaine.
Journalism under Fire: Grand Opening Event
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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.
Amb. Asquino on South Sudan
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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?
Reconciliation, the Arts, and Foreign Policy
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Why is reconciliation so important in today's foreign policy? How do the arts serve as an additional tool in rebuilding communities torn apart by conflict? Explore this emerging theme in the world of peacebuilding and peacemaking, using examples from Afghanistan, Mali, Cambodia, and other developing countries.
CIR 2019 Annual Gala with Ambassador Christopher Hill
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The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is pleased to present its 2019 Annual Gala with Ambassador Christopher Hill.