April 2021 Webinar Series

2021-04-08T10:12:11-07:00

April 7, 2021:
Dr. Eduardo Gamarra, Professor, Florida International University
“Democratic Backsliding in Latin America. What can the Biden Administration do?”

April 14, 2021:
Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas and the America Society
“China and the Americas: Risks and Rewards”

April 21, 2021:
Joelle Uzarski, The Public Diplomat in Residence at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California;
Francisco “Paco” Perez, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Brazil: Dictatorship, Democracy and Disease”

April 28, 2021:
Charles Shapiro, US Ambassador (rtd), President, World Affairs Council of Atlanta
“Latin America: It’s Complicated”*

The first three webinars will be held on Zoom from 11:00 to 12:15 MDT
10:00 to 11:15 PDT and 1:00-2:15 EDT

*The fourth will be held from 11:30-12:45 MDT, 10:30-12:45 PDT and 1:30-2:45 EDT

Zoom access information will be included in the four separate webinar announcements to follow. These webinars require prior registration through the links included in our forthcoming announcements.

For additional information to accessing these webinars, please contact sfwaforum@outlook.com

The Warming World: Rising Temperatures, Rising Tides, Rising Turbulence

2020-03-09T15:48:40-07:00

Postponed

Dates to be determined

Scientific study after study demonstrates the enormity of the impact of climate change on earth’s biosphere.  These changes range from the Arctic’s melting icecap and the desertification of parts of Africa to rising sea levels submerging Pacific islands and parts of populous countries like Bangladesh.  The increase and intensity of typhoons in Asia and hurricanes in the Caribbean, wildfires in California and Indonesia as well as melting ice, changing trade routes and new security threats in the Arctic are all part of this manmade phenomenon.

Some of this story plays out in 24/7 news – but much more does not.  What do we know about the national security impact of climate change and how US military planners are attempting to prepare for it?  What about its relationship to the increasing flows of migrants uprooting and risking their lives to cross continents, borders, rivers and seas in search of safe havens often to be met by hostility, indifference and uncertain futures?  What about the spread of disease and the possibility of pandemics we have yet to discover?  How can we address technological impediments to climate change mitigation?  Finally, why are even the governments of countries which have been on the forefront of climate mitigation, unable to move to a new economy based on alternative energy?

If we’ve known for years about the warming world, why hasn’t more been done to try to slow or deter its worst effects?  Many people now understand that climate change is, foremost, driven by rising carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas levels from human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas and current agricultural practices like raising livestock and clearing land resulting in changes in our atmosphere leading to warming of the planet.  But are major impediments exclusively from oil and coal companies trying to preserve the bottom-line?  Are infrastructure and unemployment fears also holding us back? Are new technologies available or on the horizon to help mitigate the worst effects of the earth’s rapid warming?

The impact of global warming is not just an issue for scientific researchers, for military planners confronting the next national security threat or for energy company executives preserving short term profits.  It is more critically an issue that directly affects our lives and the future of our children.

Dealing with the New Normal:  Climate change is global.  Rising temperatures respect no national boundaries.  This is the new (ab)normal. As such it presents complex transnational problems.  It is an ever shifting calculus. It requires involvement from all levels of government, international organizations, large corporations, local city councils, small startups, researchers, teachers, students and all citizens of planet earth to begin to cope with this heretofore silent crisis.

This symposium will explore the interrelated issues of coping with the warming world from the vantage points of national security, economic viability, health and human welfare.

Symposium Schedule

Rising Authoritarianism: Can Democracy Meet the Challenge?

2019-05-01T14:20:34-07:00

April 11-12, 2019

 Professor Melissa Bokovoy, Chair, History Department, University of New Mexico. Eastern Europe Specialist; Ellen Laipson, Director, International Security Program, George Mason University, former Director of the Stimson Center; Ambassador Charles Shapiro (rtd), President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, former US Ambassador to Venezuela and career senior US Foreign Service Officer (rtd); Professor James West, former professor of Russian History and Humanities, Middlebury College and the Humanitarian University, St. Petersburg, Russia; Folkert Geert Wilman, Attorney, European Commission, EU Legal Service, Brussels, and EU Fellowship Program 2018-19; Ambassador James Zumwalt (rtd), CEO Sasekawa Peace Foundation USA, former US Ambassador to Senegal and career senior US Foreign Service Officer.

Please Download Form and Send it to Santa Fe World Affair Forum: Click here to Download Symposium Registration.

Summary

This year’s symposium on April 11 and 12 will address an issue of especially vital concern to us all: “Rising Authoritarianism: Can Democracy Meet the Challenge?” Taking place on the campus of Santa Fe Community College, the Symposium will bring together six specialists who will speak individually, introducing a global overview of the underlying causes of authoritarianism and of countervailing measures against its rise, followed by sessions focusing on the specific circumstances in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.

Also included will be a student panel of foreign and dual-national students studying at colleges and universities here in New Mexico. As in the past the Symposium will offer all attendees ample opportunity for questions, discussions, and informal exchanges with speakers.

For more than two centuries, America has advocated for democratic principles starting with its Founding Fathers who proclaimed our nation to be created by and for the people, to joining with the liberal world to fight for our beliefs in two world wars.  Following those wars, the United States was in the forefront of international efforts to create global institutions dedicated to peace, prosperity and justice. Our leaders have sometimes badly faltered or made poor decisions in seeking to preserve American leadership and universal values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.  But we have for the most part tried to move forward towards such aspirational goals throughout our history.    Other nations have not always agreed with our individual policies, but no one doubted the American example of strong democratic institutions, a robust civil society and a desire to build a world based on common values and interests.

Now, as a new era of international strongmen emerges, are America’s traditions and institutions capable of ensuring that democratic principles continue to push back on the tyranny that has threatened every generation?  The symposium examines this moment with open eyes, asking tough questions about the global authoritarian threat, its underlying causes, and how it can be, and is being, countered.

When strong democratic institutions and civil society perform their essential functions, society enjoys a good faith debate about the best way to advance global and national interests.  However, when rule of law is eroded, nationalism politicized, alliances strained, the press demonized and society fractured by rising hate crimes and attacks on electoral integrity, the norms that promote and preserve a resilient democratic society become frayed. International institutions based on shared democratic values can also be undermined and weakened when the U.S. government appears to question their continuing relevance.

Can the U.S. continue to be a leader that holds others to account when we ourselves falter in meeting these challenges? What causes the authoritarian impulse to break out of the democratic norm, and why do so many here and abroad find these demagogic appeals so attractive?  Has a decline in American global leadership inadvertently given other nations permission to erode their own democratic institutions?  Will a fractured and divided America be able, or willing, to work with other democracies holding others accountable when we fail to do so at home?

Focusing on Europe, Latin America and the US, the symposium will examine these questions in order to better understand not only the causes and symptoms that bring us to this moment, but just as importantly, to explore what can be done to meet these authoritarian challenges to democracy.

Symposium Schedule

8:00-8:30:     Registration

8:30-8:45:     Welcome

Dr. Cecilia Cervantes, Interim President SFCC.

8:45-10:15:     Ellen Laipson, Director, International Security Program, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, “How 21st Century Geopolitics Poses Risks to the Future of Democracy”.

10:15-10:25:     Coffee Break

10:30-11:55:     Dr. Melissa Bokovoy, History Dept Chair, University of New Mexico, “Manipulation of History in Eastern Europe”.

11:55-1:15:     Lunch

1:15 – 2:45:     Dr. James West, Professor of Russian History and Humanities, “The Fascist Temptation”. 

2:45-3:00:     Afternoon Break

3:00- 4:30:     Dr. Folkert Wilman, attorney, EU Commission, EU Legal Service, Brussels, “Not So Social Media? European Responses to Social Media’s Dark Sides”.

4:30-5:30:     “Meet the Speaker Reception” SFCC

9:15-9:30:     Registration

9:30 -10:00:     Welcome

Alan Webber, Santa Fe Mayor

10:00-11:30:    US Ambassador (rtd) Charles Shapiro, President of the World Affairs Council Atlanta, Latin America: Authoritarianism on the Right and Left. )

11:30-11:45:     Coffee Break

11:45- 12:45:  Student Panel (3-4 students from local institutions) discussing their own civil society moderated by US Ambassador (rtd) Mark Asquino

12:45 – 1:30:     Lunch

1:30- 3:00:     US Ambassador (rtd) James Zumwalt, CEO Sasakawa Foundation, American Democratic Values at Risk: US Leadership Where Do We Go From Here? 

The Speakers

Professor Melissa Bokovoy
Professor Melissa BokovoyChair, History Department, University of New Mexico. Eastern Europe Specialist
Topic: “Manipulation of History in Eastern Europe”

More About
Ellen Laipson
Ellen LaipsonDirector, International Security Program, George Mason University, former Director of the Stimson Center
Topic: “How 21st Century Geopolitics Poses Risks to the Future of Democracy?”

More About
Ambassador Charles Shapiro
Ambassador Charles ShapiroPresident of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, former US Ambassador to Venezuela and career senior US Foreign Service Officer (rtd)
Topic: “Latin America: Authoritarianism on the Right and Left”

More About
Professor James West
Professor James WestFormer professor of Russian History and Humanities, Middlebury College and the Humanitarian University, St. Petersburg, Russia
Topic: “The Fascist Temptation”

More About
Folkert Geert Wilman
Folkert Geert WilmanAttorney, European Commission, EU Legal Service, Brussels, and EU Fellowship Program 2018-19
Topic: “Not So Social Media? European Responses to Social Media’s Dark Sides”

More About
James Zumwalt
James ZumwaltCEO Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, former US Ambassador to Senegal and career senior US Foreign Service Officer
Topic: “American Democratic Values at Risk: US Leadership – Where Do We Go From Here?”

More About

Cosponsors and Partners

Cosponsors
The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE)
The European Union
The Santa Fe Community College

 

Partner Organizations include:
AAUW – Albuquerque
American Foreign Service Association
DPSFC
Fulbright Association of NM
Global Ties – ABQ
Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS)
PDAA: the Public Diplomacy Association of America
Public Diplomacy Council
RENESAN
Santa Fe Art Institute
Santa Fe Sister Cities Committee
School for Advanced Research (SAR)
Sister Cities International – New Mexico
UNM – International Studies Institute
UWC-USA
WISC: Women’s International Studies Center
World Affairs Council-Albuquerque
Donors

TBD

Student Scholarship Sponsors

TBD

EU Logo

Registration

April 11 & 12
Members:  $95
Non-Members: $120
Students: $60

 

April 11 Only
Members & Nonmembers: $75

 

April 12 Only
Members & Nonmembers: $65

Register for the Symposium:




Where

Santa Fe Community College – Jemez Room

From Rodeo Road turn south onto Richards Avenue. At the third roundabout turn into the campus main drive.
The Visitors Parking Lot is to the right as you enter the campus via Richards Ave. (Handicap parking spaces are in the lot to the left.) Enter the administrative building to the left through the courtyard behind the poles flying the US and New Mexico flags. Walk to the end of the main corridor. The Jemez Rooms are next to the cafeteria, before you reach the bookstore.

Values, Myths and Interests: Debating American Foreign Policy in an Unstable World

2019-05-01T14:20:34-07:00

April 9- 10, 2018

  Daniel Baer, Ambassador (rtd), Diplomat in Residence, Josef Korbel School of International Affairs, Denver University. US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2013-17); Michael Battle, US Ambassador (rtd) to the African Union, academic, university provost, military chaplain and most recently Executive Vice President/Provost at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (Overview);  Ralph Begleiter, founding Director of the Center for Political Communication, University of Delaware and former world affairs correspondent, CNN (media and social media); Beatrice Camp, Senior Foreign Service Officer (rtd) and former US Consul General Shanghai (Chinese values); Laura S.H. Holgate, Ambassador (rtd), Senior Nonresident Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Dr. Elizabeth Manak, South Asia and nonproliferation specialist, 30 year plus CIA officer and Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia in the National Intelligence Council (Islamic values); Dr. James L West,  Professor of History and Humanities. Middlebury College 1995-2011 (Russian values).

Summary

American foreign policy since World War II has relied upon soft power – the ability to influence others based on key human values. Since World War II, the US goal has been to project its image as a nation that is not only strong, but also “good,” drawing on the idea of American Exceptionalism to persuade others that the country is the “shining city on the hill” and a democratic “beacon of freedom” in a troubled world.

Yet U.S. foreign policy has also been guided by national self-interest. This pursuit has at times conflicted with our aspirations and led to less than admirable policies implemented through counter-productive means that diminished America’s standing in the world.

Today a debate over fundamental values rages within the U.S. and abroad. The world’s view of America is no longer favorable. Forty-nine percent of the globe views the United States and President Trump’s “America First” slogan unfavorably. Yet Americans themselves are still admired by fifty-nine percent according to that same Pew “gold standard” poll of international opinion. Can we change this increasingly negative view of our country overall, or if not, will it spread to individual Americans? What can we do to regain the world’s trust?

Barack Obama’s 2008 election was a source of hope at home and overseas. While his administration fell short of expectations, the U.S. did regain and retain much of the international community’s respect. But in the past year, many question if the United States’ foreign policy is guided by its aspirational values.

Are there fundamental human values that all nations and cultures can agree upon or are they idiosyncratic? How are such values interpreted in U.N. documents and organizations of which the U.S. was an instrumental drafter?

Many American aspirational values are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Do democracy, human rights, the rejection of tyranny, equality for all, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, constitutional government, freedom of the press and worship continue to call for respect domestically and internationally? How can we maintain a free media but deal with concerted efforts to undermine this bedrock of democracy? What about the value and importance of scientific inquiry, which has underpinned economic, health, national security, educational, social and technological foundations of the American success story since before the founding of the Republic?

Finally, can America still be influential on the international stage, or have we yielded that role to others through an “America First” form of isolationism that has diminished US stature with allies to the delight of our competitors and adversaries? What options do we have to navigate today’s unstable world?

Symposium Schedule

Jemez Rooms 231-2

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-10:00 Welcome

Dr. Cecilia Cervantes, SFCC Interim President, Welcome on behalf of Santa Fe Community College

The Honorable Peter Ives, Councilor, City of Santa Fe, Welcome on behalf of the City of Santa Fe

Dr. Patricia Kushlis, Welcome and Opening Remarks on behalf of the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, President

10:00-11:30 Michael Battle, US Ambassador (rtd), The Significance of Multilateral Diplomacy Strengthening Ties with Regional and Continental Organizations: Can US foreign policy be effectively based on isolationism and rational nationalism?

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-1:15  Ralph Begleiter, Global Media and International Politics

1:15-2:00  Buffet Lunch

2:00-3:15  Daniel Baer, US Ambassador (rtd) Diplomat in Residence Korbel School, Denver University, The Crisis of American Liberalism is a European Crisis too

3:15-3:30  Coffee Break

3:30-4:45  Laura S H Holgate, US Ambassador (rtd) Science and Leadership in American Foreign Policy

 4:45-5:45  Meet the Speakers Reception, SFCC Board Room, Rm #223

SFCC Lecture Hall – Rm #216

9:00 – 9:15 Registration

9:15 – Welcome, Dr. Patricia H Kushlis, President Santa Fe World Affairs Forum

9:15- 10:45 Dr. Elizabeth Manak, Muslim Values: Political Islam vs. Islamism

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45  What ‘They’ Think of Us and Why It Matters,” Foreign Student Panel Discussion chaired by Ralph Begleiter with students from the University of New Mexico, UWC-USA, New Mexico Highlands University and the Santa Fe Community College

11:45-12:30 Buffet Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 Beatrice Camp, “US-China Relations and the Art of the Deal”

2:00- 3:30  Dr. James West, Russia, “Up Off Our Knees:  The Search for a Usable Past for Russia’s Resurgence”

3:30- 3:40 Closing Remarks – Dr. Patricia H Kushlis

The Speakers

Daniel Baer
Daniel BaerAmbassador (rtd), Diplomat in Residence, Josef Korbel School of International Affairs, Denver University. US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2013-17)
Topic: “The Crisis of American Liberalism is a European Crisis too”

More About
Michael Battle
Michael BattleUS Ambassador (rtd)
Topic: “The Significance of Multilateral Diplomacy Strengthening Ties with Regional Continental Organizations: Can US foreign policy be effectively based on isolationism and rational nationalism?”

More About
Ralph Begleiter
Ralph BegleiterWorld Affair Correspondent
Topic: “Global Media and International Politics”

More About
Beatrice Camp
Beatrice CampSenior Foreign Service Officer (rtd)
Topic: “US-China Relations and the Art of the Deal”

More About
Laura S. H. Holgate
Laura S. H. HolgateAmbassador (rtd), Senior Nonresident Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Topic: “Science and Leadership in American Foreign Policy”

More About
Dr. Elizabeth Manak
Dr. Elizabeth ManakSouth Asia and Nonproliferation Specialist
Topic: “Muslim Values: Political Islam vs. Islamism”

More About
Dr. James L West
Dr. James L WestSpecialist in Pre-Revolutionary Russian Society
Topic: “Up Off Our Knees: The Search for a Usable Past for Russia’s Resurgence”

More About

Cosponsors and Partners

CEUCE EU Logo
Cosponsors
Colorado European Center of Excellence (CEUCE)
Santa Fe Community College (SFCC)
The European Union
World Affairs Council of Albuquerque

 

Partners

American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Santa Fe Chapter
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), Washington, DC
Fulbright Association of New Mexico
Global Ties – ABQ
Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security
New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU)
PDAA: Association for Public Diplomacy Professionals, Washington, DC
Public Diplomacy Council (PDC), Washington, DC
Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI)
School for Advanced Research (SAR)
United World College (UWC-USA)
University of New Mexico – International Studies Institute (UNM-ISI)
Veterans for Peace the Albuquerque Chapter #63

Donors

Judith and Bill Alger
AAUW-Santa Fe Chapter
Colorado European Union Center of Excellence
David Douglas
Steve Irsik
Viola and Thomas Harrison
Steve Kerchoff
Patricia Kushlis
Arvid and Mary Jo Lundy

Student Scholarship Sponsors

Jane Abbott
American Foreign Service Association, Washington DC
Deborah Cornelius
Evelyn Early
Viola and Tom Harrison
Patricia and Richard Hawkins
International Studies Institute, University of New Mexico
New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
Public Diplomacy Council, Washington, DC
PDAA: Association for Public Diplomacy Professionals, Washington, DC
UWC/USA, Las Vegas, NM

Registration

April 9 & 10
Members:  $95
Non-Members: $120
Students: $60

 

April 9 Only
Members & Nonmembers: $75

 

April 10 Only
Members & Nonmembers: $65

Register for the Symposium:


Symposium 2018 Price List



Where

Santa Fe Community College – Jemez Room

From Rodeo Road turn south onto Richards Avenue. At the third roundabout turn into the campus main drive.
The Visitors Parking Lot is to the right as you enter the campus via Richards Ave. (Handicap parking spaces are in the lot to the left.) Enter the administrative building to the left through the courtyard behind the poles flying the US and New Mexico flags. Walk to the end of the main corridor. The Jemez Rooms are next to the cafeteria, before you reach the bookstore.

World Order Under Threat: Protectionism, Nationalism and Extremism

2019-05-01T14:20:34-07:00

April 24 – 25, 2017

Dr. Patricia Kushlis, President, Santa Fe World Affairs Forum; Santa Fe Community College Representative; Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2014, after serving two terms on the City Council. He was the first Hispanic President of the National Association of Counties; Robin Raphel, US Ambassador (rtd) to Tunisia and former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs; John Herbst, US Ambassador(rtd) (Uzbekistan and Ukraine), and Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Dr. Raul Gouvea, Professor, International Business and Latin American Management, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico; Jerry Pacheco, Executive Director, International Business Accelerator, and international trade columnist & NAFTA specialist, The Albuquerque Journal; Dr. Fernando Lopez-Alves, Professor of Sociology, Global Studies and War & Conflict, University of California at Santa Barbara; Director of Global and International Studies, University of Salamanca; the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Politics, Business and Economics, CEMA, Buenos Aire; Dr. Joe Jupille, Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Research Associate of the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder; Mary Minow, Library Law Consultant; Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Harvard University; attorney and specialist on disinformation; Ray Rivera, Editor in Chief, Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper.

Summary

The hope in the West for a peaceful world order following the collapse of the Soviet Union has given way in the last years to a stark new reality. The post-Cold War security order has broken down at the same time that we see the fraying of the internal order of most states worldwide. We are looking at growing fragmentation within both individual states and the global community while inequality, retrenchment, protectionism, nationalism, and ideological extremism are on the rise. Twenty-five years ago, we believed major warfare would be highly unlikely; today it is no longer unthinkable. The consequences of new technologies are unclear, and we already seem to be in the early stages of cyber warfare. Inequality of wealth in the West pales in the face of even greater inequalities in the former Communist states of Russia and China, and where that might lead is hard to gauge. The aging of populations in the developed world will put new strains on economic systems and on the young. Many Arab nations are growingly dysfunctional, while magnet states are erecting ever tougher barriers to immigration and the flow of peoples. The temptation to retrench into tribalistic tendencies like populism, economic protectionism, extreme nationalism and fundamentalist beliefs is hard to counter.

With the help of experts in some of these areas, the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum’s 2017 Symposium will discuss these issues in depth in an effort to explore solutions to this increasingly challenging situation. 

(more…)

Crisis in Human Migration: A New World of Walls?

2019-05-01T14:20:34-07:00

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

Summary

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.

(more…)