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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.

Ambassador Vicki Huddleson at Boise High School
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.

Abdulwahab Alkebsi talking to BSU students and facultiy
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.

Recent Articles from Speakers and BoiseCFR Members

  • Our January speaker, Mike Kofman recently published an article about Russia in the "The National Interest" magazine dated 2/5/15. It can be found at "How to Start a Proxy War with Russia".

  • BoiseCFR member Don Liebich has written several articles and a book about the middle East. His most recent article dated 3/8/15 can be found at this link: "Six things you need to know in order to understand ISIS". His book is titled "Fault Lines: The Layman's Guide to Understanding America's Role in the Ever-Changing Middle East".

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BoiseCFR Dinner Meetings

The BoiseCFR is now in its 70th year of promoting foreign relations diologue in Boise.

We have already scheduled all of our speakers for our 2014-2015 season, which began with Ambassador John Maisto at our September meeting. For details on the remaining 2014-2015 season meetings, go to our Coming Events page.

BoiseCFR Dinner Meeting The BoiseCFR's regular season of dinner meetings run from September through May with an occasional June meeting.   The speakers, like Ambassador Dennis Jett (shown above) speaking in March of 2015, are knowledgeable international and national experts on a wide variety of foreign policy topics.  These speakers provide insights and perspectives about current foreign relation issues that are often hard to obtain from other sources. To get a feeling for the topics and quality of our speakers, go to the Past Speakers page where you will find a short bio and the presentation topic of our most recent speakers.

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.


ACFR 20th Annual Conference

April 23-24, 2015

Washington D.C.


  • THURSDAY EVENING: Embassy Reception
  • FRIDAY CONFERENCE: Speakers and Panels Program- The historic and prestigious National Press Club ("where news happens") is reserved as our program venue for the 24th. The plan is for the all-day meeting to be in the Holeman Lounge and lunch in the adjoining First Amendment Lounge.
  • FRIDAY EVENING AWARD & DINNER: Cosmos Club. Pictured below.................

The 19th annual American Committees on Foreign Relations conference occured on April 24-25, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  This Annual ACFR Conference gives BoiseCFR members a chance to meet and become more familiar with Foreign policy leaders in Washington D.C.  Several members of the Boise Committee attended.  Below is a picture of ACFR President and Boise Committee Board Chair, Richard Slaughter presenting the 'ACFR Distinguished Service Award' to Ambassador John Negroponte during the conference.  More information about the conference can be found on the ACFR website.

ACFR President Slaughter present award to John Negroponte