Welcome to the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations
The Boise Committee on Foreign Relations (BoiseCFR) is a non-profit, non-partisan group of Southern Idaho's Treasure Valley area business, professional and other persons interested in international relation issues and dialogue. The primary goal of the BoiseCFR is to advance the public information and dialogue on foreign relation issues.
Educational and Timely Information
In order to help improve this local diologue, the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations often provides its speakers to local universities and public schools to help inform students on foreign policy issues.
The picture on the right Shows Ambassador Vicki Huddleson talking to several hundred Boise High
School students in December 2012 just prior to her speaking at a BoiseCFR meeting about North Africa. Her presentation and discussion turned out to be
very timely, with
a major uprising occuring in Mali only a few weeks later.
On the left Abdulwahab Alkebsi has a fireside chat with Boise State University International Business students and faculty in November 2013. Mr. Alkebsi was in town to talk with the Boise Committee about the Post-Arab Spring in the Middle East.
BoiseCFR Dinner Meetings
The BoiseCFR is now in its 69th year of promoting foreign relations diologue in Boise.
Information about the next BoiseCFR meeting can be found on the Coming Events page.
The BoiseCFR's regular series of dinner meetings
typically run from September through May of each season.
The speakers at these meetings are knowledgeable international and national experts on a wide variety of foreign policy topics. The speakers provide insights and perspectives about current foreign relation issues that are often hard to obtain from other sources.
A typical meeting starts as a social period with fellow members, guests, and the speaker prior to dinner. After dinner there is a short announcement and introduction period. The speaker's presentation is then given, and the meeting ends with an open Q & A session with the speaker.
If these meetings are something you might find interesting, please go to our Membership page to get further details about joining.
American Committees on Foreign Relations
The Boise Committee on Foreign Relations is a member of the American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR). The ACFR is the umbrella organization for BoiseCFR and other committees across the nation. Through its office and connections in Washington, D. C., the ACFR provides the major source of speakers for the local committees.
The 19th annual American Committees on Foreign Relations conference is scheduled for April 24-25, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The Annual ACFR Conference gives BoiseCFR members a chance to meet and become more familiar with Foreign policy leaders in Washington D.C. Please keep these dates in mind and we hope that all members of BoiseCFR will consider attending. Additional details can be found on the ACFR website.
Preliminary Schedule for the 19th Annual Conference of the ACFR:
- Thursday, April 24, 6:00 PM -- Embassy Reception (TBD)
- Friday, April 25, 8:30 AM -- 4:15 PM Panel Discussion (1777 F. St.)
- 11:30 A.M. Distinguished Service Aware Luncheon
- Friday, April 25, 6:00 -- 8:00 PM Reception at DACOR Bacon House
The 18th annual American Committees on Foreign Relations conference was held this past May 2-4 in Washington, D.C. A (pdf) brochure from this past conference can be found at Past 2013 Conference Brochure.