SFWAF Mission

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.

Forum Membership

SFWAF members are foreign affairs specialists, scientists, artists, business people, journalists, educators, photographers, seasoned travelers and others with a zest for sharing what they know and a passion for learning more.

Current annual dues are $60 a member.  Modest fees apply for luncheon sessions.  Fees for symposia and other special events vary. Members play an active role in suggesting programs and by helping to recruit and escort speakers. Some members also serve as presenters, sharing new developments in their own spheres of expertise.  Finally, members also play an active organizational role by serving on the Board of Directors and on vital committees.

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Board Members

Patricia Kushlis
Patricia KushlisPresident
Pat is a retired US Foreign Service Officer specializing in public diplomacy. Pat has served extensively within Europe, Asia, and at the US Information Agency Headquarters. Pat holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. She is co-writer of the foreign affairs blog WhirledView. Pat is a cofounder of SFWAF.
Arvid Lundy
Arvid LundyVice President
Arvid has extensive experience in nuclear export controls, nuclear proliferation intelligence, electronic instrumentation design, and clinical medical physics. Arvid spent thirty one years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as project engineer, group leader, and program manager. His career included over 100 foreign trips for the US government on nuclear issues, especially international nuclear export control.
Richard D. Hawkins
Richard D. HawkinsTreasurer
Joined the Foreign Service in 1995, recently leading a Provincial Reconstruction Team of 40 subject matter experts and advising a U.S. Army general in Baghdad Province. In Washington he served as Andean Counterdrug Initiative Coordinator, overseeing counternarcotics programs totaling over $700 million. A native of Massachusetts, Mr Hawkins previously headed an educational publishing company and managed training units for multinational corporations. He graduated from Harvard College and holds an MA from Yale and an MS from Rensselaer.
Viola Harrison
Viola HarrisonSecretary
Viola lived her adult life in Alaska, both in the Arctic village of Kotzebue and Anchorage. She is a retired Associate Professor of English from the Univ. of Alaska Anchorage. Her areas of teaching and interest include English composition, rhetoric, linguistics, neurolinguistics, women’s studies and gender differences in thinking and writing. She taught at both the Anchorage campus and the Matanuska Susitna campus. She also developed curriculum for Rural Education to be delivered to remote villages. She holds a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College, Portland OR, a MAT from the Univ. of Alaska Anchorage, and a PhD from Fielding Graduate Univ., Santa Barbara, CA. Her other interests include chamber and orchestral music. She is a violist and has played with the Anchorage Symphony, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Los Alamos Symphony.
Jane Abbott
Jane Abbott
Jane graduated fromThe American College of Greece in Athens, Greece. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps staff in Nepal, the Solomon Islands, and Kiribati. She earned a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in community college leadership. She taught mostly integrated humanities in community colleges in Colorado and served as a dean for 12 years. She has also participated in three short-term Fulbrights in Paraguay, Germany, and Thailand. Most recently, Jane directed a program for first generation, low income students at Santa Fe Community College.
Deborah S. Cornelius
Deborah S. Cornelius
Deborah is a historian specializing in Hungary and East Central Europe. A Fulbright scholar, Cornelius has spent significant time in Hungary about which she has written extensively, including two books on the subject: Hungary in World War II: Caught in the Cauldron (Fordham University Press, 2011) and In Search of the Nation: The New Generation of Hungarian Youth in Czechoslovakia 1925-1934 (Social Science Monographs, Columbia University Press, 1999). Fluent in Hungarian and German, she has held teaching positions in Vienna, in Tangier, at Rutgers University, and in Santa Fe.
Vicki Huddleston
Vicki Huddleston
Ambassador Vicki Huddleston is an American diplomat with expertise in foreign, defense, and development policy. She was a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense and led American diplomatic missions in Mali, Madagascar, Cuba and Ethiopia. In Haiti she was Chief of Party for a USAID Value Chain project. Vicki is currently a consultant with Transnational Strategies Group. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and as a Congressional Fellow worked on the staff of former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). Vicki’s opinion pieces on Cuba, Mali, and Ethiopia have appeared in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Post. She co-authored “Learning to Salsa – New Steps in Cuban Relations.” Vicki is a popular speaker at foreign affairs groups and universities, recently participating in the Colorado World Affairs Week, Meridian International Center, the Montana and Cleveland Councils on World Affairs, the Naples Yacht Club, and the Air Force Academy.
Steven Kerchoff
Steven Kerchoff
Steve has served as a Foreign Service Information Resource Officer in Cairo, Pretoria, New Delhi, Mexico City, and Washington DC. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked for the Library of Congress as a Fedlink Network Program Specialist. He has also served as a consultant for the National Library of Sri Lanka. Steve holds an MS in library science from The Catholic University of America and an MA in humanities from Georgetown University. An accomplished bass-baritone, he has sung with the Delhi Chamber Choir, the Sri Lanka Symphony Chorus, Coro Melodia (Mexico City), and the Washington Bach Consort.