Welcome to the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum

The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum is a non-profit organization created to broaden and deepen an understanding of world affairs, primarily through small, interactive, professionally-led sessions on international issues for a membership of informed individuals.

The Forum began in 2003 with informal foreign affairs discussion sessions.  Discussion leaders are now recruited on a national basis, but the SFWAF commitment to member participation and interaction remains.

The SFWAF holds five or six seminar-style discussions each year.  In addition, there may be special events including day-long symposia.  (Look here for our next program.)

Meetings usually take place over lunch or afternoon tea, but the program year may be punctuated by events with other formats, including day-long symposia or evening receptions featuring politicians or activists as well as thinkers.  Such sessions may be open to non-members.

Here is a snapshot of Santa Fe World Affairs Forum Programs confirmed for Winter/Spring 2015. For information on these and other events please e-mail us at: sfwaforum@outlook.com

January 26, 2015, John Heard, Sr. Foreign Service Officer (rtd) USAID, “The Santa Rosa Model: A Colombia Success Story – How USAID Helped a Colombian Community Reinvent Itself – Debt, Drugs and Thugs Free.”

February 10, 2015 Arvid and Mary Jo Lundy, “A Recent Visit to Palestine – Experiences, Thoughts, and Observations.”

March 9, 2015, Dr. Jyrki Iivonen, Director of Policy (rtd), Finnish Ministry of Defense, Helsinki Finland. Russian-Soviet and political-military  specialist. Professor of International Relations, Universities of Helsinki and Tampere, newspaper columnist, former Minister Counselor, Finnish Embassy, Washington DC.  Topic: Finland and Russia’s Changing Policies.

April 20-21, 2015, ” A Climate of Change: the Global Imperative,” Annual Two Day Symposium.  Confirmed speakers:  U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman; Ambassador Judy Garber, Acting Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales: US  Department of State; Dr. Charles Keller, Visiting Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dr. Shana McDermott, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of New Mexico; Dr. Brian Hurd, Professor of Agriculture, New Mexico State University; and Douglas Fox, free lance journalist covering science and environment.

June 15, 2015, Ambassador Anne Derse, Sr. US Foreign Service Officer (rtd) Department of State and former US Ambassador to Lithuania and Azerbaijan, “Europe Whole and Free after Ukraine?  A View from the Baltics.”

For a glimpse of SFWAF IN ACTION, check out this video with excerpts from our 2013 Symposium on the U.S. and East Asia.