Project Description

“In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy. . .” – President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014.

Since 9/11, the Pentagon, the CIA and the NSA have held near total rein over US foreign policy.  But to what avail?  Hugely expensive military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced neither peace nor tranquility:  those wars (one of which we precipitated) continue.  Moreover, civil wars – the most common ones in the world today – are notoriously difficult to stop through foreign military intervention alone. Electronic eavesdropping and cyber warfare present other challenging and disturbing dimensions: but how much cell-phone snooping is counter-productive? Isolationism – especially in a globalized, high-tech world with porous borders and interrelated economies and serious environmental problems – has also proven bankrupt.

What’s left?  For centuries, diplomacy – with all its facets – has been the normal way countries have dealt with each another.  The US included. And America’s international interests have always exceeded those that could be secured through force alone.


Diplomacy is calculus – not plane geometry. Trade, economics, image building, policy discussions in private and public, explorations of different and similar interests among national governments, treaty negotiations and compliance verification, information gathering on enemy intentions and capabilities, understanding and communicating with friends and foes, and helping those in most need, are all parts of a country’s diplomatic tool kit – as well as retention of a strong military capacity maintained as a last resort.

The Speakers

Donald M BishopPublic Diplomacy and Strategic Communication advisor, past President of the Public Diplomacy Council
Topic: “Engaging with people through public diplomacy”

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Judy GarberActing Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science (OES)
Topic: “The International Politics, Economics and Foreign Policy Implications of Climate Change”

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Douglas Foxfreelance science writer
Topics: 1. “Warming climates, polar ice, and sea level”
2. “Climate change and mass media: The disconnect between science and public perception”

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Charles “Chick” Keller...
Topic: “Understanding Climate Change: The Interplay of Observations and Modeling”

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Douglas Foxfreelance science writer
Topics: 1. “Warming climates, polar ice, and sea level”
2. “Climate change and mass media: The disconnect between science and public perception”

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

Simposium Schedule

1:00 – 1:25 pm Registration
1:25 – 1:30 pm  “Welcome.” Mike Peters, President,

St. John’s College, Santa Fe.

1:30 – 2:30 pm “The Complexity & Challenge of Climate Change & the Role of Government as Catalyst and Regulator.”, Jeff Bingaman,

Former Senator of New Mexico.

2:45 – 3:45 pm “The International Politics, Economics & Foreign Policy Implications of Climate Change.”, Judy Garber,

Ambassador, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science.

3:45 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 5:00 pm “Warming Climates, Polar Ice and Sea Level,” Douglas Fox,

award-winning science writer.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Cocktail reception for speakers and Symposium participants.
There will be ample time for discussion after every presentation.
8:30 – 8:45 am Registration (coffee & pastries available)
8:45 – 9:45 am “Understanding Climate Change: The Interplay of Observations and Modeling.” Dr. “Chick” Keller,

Los Alamos National Laboratory consultant and specialist in the science of global warming.

10:00 -11:00 am “The Economics of Climate Change as It Relates to the New Climate Economy Project A Multi-national Effort.” Dr.
Shana McDermott,

University of New Mexico Department of Economics.11.15-12:15 pm

“A Global View on Climate Change and Water and Food Security Challenges.” Dr. Brian Hurd,

Professor of Agriculture & Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University.

12:15 – 1:00 pmBuffet Luncheon1:00 – 2:00 pm

“Local Efforts on Climate Change and the Work of the Climate Action Task Force.” Javier Gonzales,

Mayor of Santa Fe, NM.

2:15 – 2:45 pm

“Climate Change and Mass Media: the Disconnect between Science and Public Perception.” Douglas Fox,

award-winning science writer.

2:45 -3:45 pm

“Wrap-up Discussion” with Speakers and Santa Fe City Rep. John Alejandro. Moderated by Roger Toll,

SFWAF Board Member.

Register For Next Event


St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Great Hall of the Peterson Student Center.  Registration from 1-1:30 pm Monday April 28.  The first day’s program concludes with a cocktail reception from 5-6 pm. Tuesday’s program begins at 8:30 am, includes lunch and coffee breaks and final thoughts panel that concludes at 3:45 pm

From Old Pecos Trail

  • Turn right at stoplight at Armenta
  • 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
The Visitors Parking Lot is on your left as you enter campus. A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows. Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center. Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area. There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left. Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces.