The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum aims to broaden and deepen understanding of world affairs through small, interactive, professionally led sessions on international issues for a membership of informed individuals.

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The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum’s 2016-17 program year runs from August – June with the first program usually held in September. Membership renewal letters will be e-mailed in July. We expect our fall programs to include topics on terrorism and the Middle East; Asia; the implications of Brexit and/or nuclear non-proliferation. If you are not a member but would like to join, please e-mail us with your name and contact information at

Our April 2016 symposium: Crisis in Human Migration: New World of Walls? was highly acclaimed and the symposium sold out early. Members receive early notification of all our programs including the symposium as well as receiving the member price. Here is the American Foreign Service Journal’s write-up of the 2016 symposium:

Meanwhile, Dr Siegfried Hecker’s latest book, Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Nuclear Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Cold War’s Worst Nuclear Dangers, has recently been released by Bathtub Row of the Los Alamos Historical Society. The book is available through the Historical Society and on Amazon. Dr. Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratories and now at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University addressed the topic at the Forum on March 18.

Cooperation of U.S., Russian scientists helped avoid nuclear catastrophe at Cold War’s end, Stanford scholar says


Spring Symposium 2016

Crisis in Human Migration: A New World of Walls?

April 18-19, 2016

Dr. Demetrios Papademetriou, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Migration Policy Institute and President MPI Europe;  Joseph C. Wilson IV, US Ambassador (rtd);  Andrew Purvis, former Beirut Managing Editor,UNHCR, and former bureau chief TIME Magazine; Chick Keller, Climate and Botanical Consultant to Pajarito Environmental Educational Center, Los Alamos; William J Garvelink, US Ambassador (rtd); Salvador Gutierrez, Regional Liaison and Policy Officer for Central and North America and the Caribbean, International Organization on Migration; Dr. Dieter Dettke, Adjunct Professor of European Security, Georgetown University and former Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington, D.C; Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City and author of Earth-Honoring Faith (Oxford University Press, 2013); Javier Gonzalez, Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico


A day does not pass without reports of unprecedented flows of people who have abandoned their homes in hope of better lives in other countries. The most visible movements today are of people from war torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan struggling to Turkey and Greece in order to reach European nations where jobs are more plentiful and economies stronger. Elsewhere, Africans, Latin Americans, Southeast Asians and islanders of the Indonesian archipelago, fleeing failing countries, gang warfare, drug cartels and civil wars, also risk death to cross to countries that are closing doors and erecting fences in response to the influx.

The Symposium seeks an understanding of the origins, drivers, and cultural implications behind the news. It will search for explanations to all the complex questions: Who are these refugees?  How does today’s situation compare with human migration flows in the past? How are refugees handled? How many live in camps in neighboring countries, how are those camps organized and funded and how many of the refugees leave legally or illegally for the West?  How real are the claims that terrorists mingle within refugee communities? How do the major refugee organizations determine where refugees are to settle?  What kinds of support do cities and local organizations provide for these newcomers, And, finally, what are the plans for resettling refugees in Santa Fe and Albuquerque – both traditionally refugee-receiving cities.

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