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Welcome to
The Boise Committee on Foreign Relations

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In our 79th 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

  • (August 2023) The Boise Committee Board of Directors have selected Dr. Katherine Himes as the Committee's new President. Dr. Himes is the Director of the McClure Center at the University of Idaho. Previously she has been serving as the Committee's Vice President.

    Dr. Ross Burkhart has been selected as the Committee's new Vice President. Dr Burkhart is a Professor of Political Science at Boise State University.

    Our retiring President Garry Wenske, will remain on the Board of Directors.

  • 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 year.

The 27th Annual Conference is Scheduled for Spring of 2024

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