COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
19TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
“At the Water’s Edge:
Foreign Policy in a Partisan Age”
APRIL 24-25, 2014
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Washington, D.C., February
20, 2014: It is with great pleasure that the American Committees on Foreign Relations announces that
Ambassador Paula Dobriansky is to be the opening speaker at the ACFR 2014 Annual Conference. Ambassador Dobriansky brings invaluable insights from a fruitful career in foreign relations and national security. She is an expert in Eurasian affairs and received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal for her work in the State Department.
Announcement and Bio (PDF)
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD TO BE GIVEN AT CONFERENCE
Washington, D.C., January
29, 2014: The American Committees on Foreign Relations is
pleased to announce John D. Negroponte as
the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Service Award
for the Advancement of Public Discourse on Foreign Policy.
The award will be bestowed at ACFR’s Annual Conference on April 25,
2014, in Washington, D.C.
Conference schedule is immediately below:
Thursday, April 24:
6:00 PM -- Embassy Reception (TBD)
Friday, April 25:
8:30 A.M. -- 4:15 PM Panel Discussions (1777 F. St.)
11:30 A.M. Distinguished Service Aware Luncheon
Friday, April 25:
6:00 -- 8:00 PM Reception at DACOR Bacon House
ACFR Study Trip: Cuba in
In April 2013 the American
Committees on Foreign Relations sponsored a study trip to Cuba as part
of an educational exchange that allowed participants to interact with
local Cubans from all walks of life—architectural restorers, priests,
government officials, editors, economists and diplomats. The U.S.
government still restricts travel to Cuba in general, but new rules
implemented by the Obama Administration allow Cuban Americans to travel
freely and allow all Americans to obtain a license to visit Cuba for
educational, religious or other purposes involving "people-to-people"
Visiting Cuba is like taking a
journey in a time machine. The streets are filled with 1950s-era cars.
The buildings are vintage art deco (albeit often with crumbling
facades). Sounds of Caribbean and African rhythms, often produced by
elderly musicians, fill the air. Cuba, however, far from stuck in a
time warp, is in fact a country undergoing rapid change. Every day,
buildings are restored, new automobiles hit the roads, and new tourist
facilities are rising up everywhere, reflecting the political
developments happening every day.