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The Boise Committee on Foreign Relations

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In our 76th year of
promoting foreign relations diologue in Boise

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.

BoiseCFR Latest News

  • Plans were being made to move back to regular dinner meetings for the 2021 - 2022 season, but with the Delta variant, Zoom meetings will continue:

    This past year has been challenging for all of us. BoiseCFR had hoped to resume dinner meetings in September, but the Covid-19 Delta variant will cause a delay in the return to dinner meetings. At least for the first few meetings of the new season, we will be using Zoom meetings.

  • Meetings have changed for the start of the 2020 - 2021 season:

    Like so many other organizations, because of Covid-19, BoiseCFR has cancelled dinner meetings for the foreseeable future.

    We are going to begin having Zoom based online meetings in September. We expect some issues and we know this is hardly a good substitute for a dinner meeting. However, for the safety of our members, this is our best option for the moment. Once this pandemic is behind us, we will be back with our dinner meetings.

    For information on our upcoming Zoom meetings, go to our Coming Events page.

  • Loss of a Long-Time Member in 2020:

    In April we lost a long-time member of BoiseCFR. Alice Dieter passed away on April 19th. With her husband Les, they were ardent supporters of BCFR for many years. Les passed away in May of 2017. With the passing of the Dieters, we felt it only appropriate that we honor them with a small remembrance. The BoiseCFR has sent a small monetary gift to their beloved church camp in their memory.

    Richard Slaughter has written a short article about Les and Alice. You can  read it on the following page: Dieters

  • Past news articles can now be found on our News page

  • Past education articles can now be found on our Education page

BoiseCFR Dinner Meetings

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.


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:

The 2021 Conference Rescheduled for November

The ACFR Executive Committee postpone the April Conference and reschedule it for November 3-5, 2021.

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