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.
Irene D. Thomas
Irene D. ThomasSecretary
Irene holds a PhD from Indiana University in English Linguistics. Her careers have been in academia (Cal State University Fullerton and Sonoma State) and in educational publishing, where she was president of IOTA Inc, a creative team designing K-12 language arts software. An avid Slavophile, she was a Fulbright scholar in Prague for 1997-8. Having retired to culturally rich Santa Fe, from country- living in the redwood forest, she was pleased to find the opportunities SFWAF provides for getting the inside scoop on important international issues.
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.
Roger Toll
Roger Toll
Roger spent nearly 25 years living and working abroad in journalism as a writer, editor and a director of publications, much of that in India and Mexico City, with shorter stints in London, Paris, Spain and Micronesia. Later he served as Publications Director and EVP at Univision Inc., the Spanish-language broadcasting company, in New York City and as President of the Spanish Language division of American Media Inc. in Miami. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in International Relations. Since 2000, Roger has worked as an editorial consultant to publications around the world and as a travel writer and photographer for numerous publications, most recently the Wall Street Journal.