a two-day Santa Fe World Affairs Forum Symposium

co-sponsored by the American Foreign Service Association

& St. John’s College

in partnership with the Fulbright Assn. of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Council for International Visitors, Friendship Force, the US Agency for International Development Alumni Association, Public Diplomacy Council, Public Diplomacy Alumni Association, Women’s Voices, the University of New Mexico’s International Studies Institute, Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations, Sister Cities-Albuquerque, Santa Fe Sister Cities Committee, the Santa Fe Community College & American Association of University Women-Santa Fe

April 28-29, 2014 (Registration closes Monday April 21)

at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico


This Symposium explains why.


DAY ONE: Monday, April 28, from 1:45 pm to 6:30 pm

Registration and Welcome Remarks from SFWAF and St. John’s College.

US Foreign Security Strategy after the 9/11 Wars. Presented by Thomas E McNamara, former US Ambassador to Colombia, Ambassador at Large for Counter-Terrorism, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, and member of the National Security Council staff.

Coffee Break.

Personal Perspectives on US Diplomacy in a Multipolar World. Presented by Gregory Hicks, Deputy Chief of Mission, Tripoli, Libya 2012, CSIS State Department Visiting Fellow, career US Foreign Service Officer with service in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Gambia and in the Office of the US Trade Representative and at the Air War College.

Cocktail Reception. 

Mingle with presenters and fellow participants.

DAY TWO: Tuesday, April 29, from 9:15 am to 3:45 pm

Brief Registration period.

Engaging with People through Public Diplomacy. Presented by Donald M Bishop, former US Foreign Service Officer with tours in East Asia and Country Public Affairs Officer in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and China., Congressional Fellow, Foreign Policy Advisor at the Pentagon (twice) and leader of U.S. Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan at the front end of the civilian surge. Current Public Diplomacy Council President.

How Rhetoric Influences Reality. Presented by James P Farwell, author of Persuasion and Power: the Art of Strategic Communication (Georgetown University Press, 2012) and senior research fellow in strategic studies at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, University of Toronto.

Full course buffet luncheon

Development Cooperation – A Key Partner of Diplomacy and Defense in US Foreign Policy.  Presented by James Michel, former US Ambassador to Guatemala, Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), USAID Assistant Administrator and Counselor of the Agency.

Wrap-Up Panel

featuring all presenters & followed by closing remarks

Note: There will be ample time for questions and discussion after each presentation and opportunities to chat informally with the speakers during the cocktail reception and lunch.


To attend on both days: Members $75; Non-members $95; University students $45.  Monday only: Both Members & Non-members $40; University Students: $20.  Tuesday only: Both Members & Non-members $55; University students: $25.

To reserve a place please email your intention to and mail your check to the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe, NM 87594. Checks should be made out to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum. Please note on your check that payment is for the April 2014 symposium. Non-members are asked to include contact information. You may also pay using your credit card via our Paypal Account.  Click on this link to access Paypal:  We suggest you access Paypal through Internet Explorer not Firefox.

Your payment guarantees you a place.  It is non-refundable after Monday, April 21, 2014 if you are unable to attend.


  • Directions to St. John’s College (from Old Pecos Trail)
    Turn right at Armenta (at stoplight).
    Turn left at Camino Corrales.
    Turn right at Old Santa Fe Trail.
    After approximately a mile, turn left at Camino del Monte Sol.
    Turn right on Camino Cruz Blanca.
    St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts.
    Please park in the visitor parking lot.   It’s on your left as you enter the campus (
    A on the St. John’s College map). If you need handicap parking, please e-mail us to let us know ahead of time so that you can use lot F.  There will be signs to help direct you to the correct location.  The Peterson Student Center is #1 on the campus map.

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