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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.

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BoiseCFR Dinner Meetings

The BoiseCFR is now in its 74th year of promoting foreign relations diologue in Boise.

We have already scheduled several meetings for the 2018-2019 speaker season. For details on the upcoming speakers for this season's meetings, go to our Coming Events page.

BoiseCFR Dinner Meeting Our January 2016 dinner meeting with Ambassador Thomas Pickering had a then record attendance of over 130. Since that time we are now averaging nearly that number at every meeting.

The BoiseCFR's regular season of dinner meetings run from September through May with an occasional June meeting.   The speakers 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.

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 Timely Articles from the News, Speakers and BoiseCFR Members


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.

As members of the ACFR all Boise Committee members are encouraged to attend the ACFR annual conference in Washington, D. C. each spring. This years conference is on:

April 25 & 26, 2019
“U.S. Interests in Latin America”

A PDF file about the upcoming 24th Annual Conference is available here at: ACFR Annual Conference 2019 (pdf)

Further information and registration data on the 2019 conference is available on the ACFR website at: Conference Information