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BoiseCFR Annual Membership Renewal

Note: Membership renewal notices for this  season were mailed to you in August. If you have not paid, please return it with your dues payment to BCFR, P.O. Box 2572, Boise, Idaho 83701.

If you have not received your 2017-2018 renewal notice or have lost yours, please fill out the following renewal form and mail it and your membership payment to the above address: Membership Renewal Form

 Reservations for BoiseCFR Dinner Meetings

All persons attending a meeting need to RSVP their attendance at least two days before the meeting.  You can get information about making a reservation on our Reservations page.

Meetings are for members and invited guests. If you are not a member and would like to get further details about attending a meeting as a guest or joining, please go to our Membership page and fill out the simple form to receive more details about attending a meeting and joining the BoiseCFR.


BoiseCFR November Dinner Meeting

Date:            Wednesday Movember, 8, 2017

Time:           Social hour 6:15 p.m.; dinner 7:00 p.m.

Place:          Riverside Hotel- Room TBD   (click for hotel room map)

Cost:            $25.00, including tax and tip. Please make checks payable to the Boise
                       Committee on Foreign Relations.

Speaker:      Consul General Andrew Whittaker

Topic:          Brexit

Andrew Whittaker has been HM Consul General to San Francisco since August 2016.

Prior to his role as Consul General, Andrew spent three years as Deputy Director at CERT-UK – the UK’s national cyber security team - focusing on supporting and developing engagement on cyber security issues between government and industry, and with international partners.

Before this Andrew was Deputy Head of the Crisis Management Department in the Foreign Office, handling the UK response to incidents ranging from conflict in the Middle East, the sinking of the Costa Concordia, and hostage taking in Algeria. Andrew’s Foreign Office career, which began in 1998, also includes postings in Madrid, Jerusalem and Basra.

Andrew holds a MA (Hons) degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Magdalene College). Though his playing days are now over, Andrew is a rugby enthusiast and plans to spend lots of time outdoors on family adventures across the US.

Andrew is married to his wife Alex, and they have two boys.


BoiseCFR December Dinner Meeting

Date:            Tuesday December 5, 2017  (Note: changed from December 6)

Time:           Social hour 6:15 p.m.; dinner 7:00 p.m.

Place:          Riverside Hotel- Room TBD   (click for hotel room map)

Cost:            $25.00, including tax and tip. Please make checks payable to the Boise
                       Committee on Foreign Relations.

Speaker:      Amb. Omar Samad

Topic:          Afghanistan

Omar Samad is currently CEO of Silkroad Consulting LLC, based in Virginia. He is also teaching an Honors Seminar on “Radicalism Within Islam, Drivers and Policy Options” at the University of Maryland.

Amb. Samad resigned as Afghan Ambassador-designate to Belgium, the EU and NATO in April 2016 before taking up his post. Prior, from December 2014 to January 2016, he worked as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan in Kabul.

Previously, he was Senior Central Asia Fellow at New America Foundation (2013-14). He was Senior Afghan Expert at the United States Institute of Peace (2012-2013), during which he conducted and published a survey of views and perceptions of Afghan political elites on the 2014 transition period in Afghanistan. Prior, he was Afghan Ambassador to France (2009-2011) and to Canada (2004-2009), after serving as the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2004).

He was active and advocated for freedom and democracy in Afghanistan since 1979. In 1996 he managed the Afghanistan Information Center, and was Executive Producer of Azadi Afghan Radio. Omar Samad is a regular contributor and commentator to international and Afghan media, and is a frequent speaker and writer on Afghan and regional issues.

He earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School (2006), and has a B.A. in Communications from the American University in Washington, DC (1991).


FUTURE BoiseCFR DINNER MEETINGS

We are still working on our January Speaker. We will post the information as soon as we have confirmation on a speaker.

Membership renewal notices for our 2017-2018 season have been mailed. Please send your renewal payments soon.  If you are not a member and are interested in joining the Boise Committee, please go to our Membership page to get more information about joining.