Notice:  Details on the upcoming 2015 ACFR Philippines study trip can be found at the bottom of this page at: Study Trip.  Please note that reservations must be made by Oct. 1st.

ACFR 20th Annual Conference

April 23-24, 2015

Washington D.C.

The program on the 24th will be at the National Press Club. Further details will be available soon.

Be sure to put the convention dates on your calendar.


The American Committees on Foreign Relations is pleased to announce that ACFR Vice President Dr. Richard L. Millett has been named the recipient of this year’s William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education. The award is bestowed by the National Defense University’s William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.

The Perry Center focuses on educational projects directed at capacity building and regional cooperation in the western hemisphere. The Perry Award recognizes significant educational contributions in support of the Center's mission. Previous recipients include former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, and former defense ministers from Canada and Latin America.

The Perry Center plans to present the award during a special luncheon in Washington, DC during the week of September 14-20. ACFR will announce the exact time and date of the presentation once confirmed.

Dr. Richard L. Millett received his AB with honors from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He did postdoctoral work at Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Air War College. He has published over one hundred items, including Searching for Stability (2011), Latin American Democracy (2010), Colombia’s Conflicts: The Spillover Effects of a Wider War (2002), Beyond Praetorianism: The Latin American Military in Transition (1996), and Searching for Panama (1993). He has testified before Congress on 19 occasions, appeared on every major national TV network, including the PBS News Hour and Crossfire. Dr. Millett is Vice President of the St. Louis Committee on Foreign Relations. He is also Senior Partner of the Millett Group LLC and a Research Associate of the Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Ambassador John Negroponte

Receives Distinguished Service Award from

American Committees on Foreign Relations

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2014

Negroponte Award
From Left to Right: ACFR Board of Advisors Chair, Ambassador John Maisto; ACFR Executive Director, Philip French; Ambassador John Negroponte; ACFR President, Richard Slaughter.

The American Committees on Foreign Relations bestowed its Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Public Discourse on Foreign Policy on Ambassador John D. Negroponte during its Annual Conference April 25.

ACFR created the Award in 2005 to honor distinguished foreign policy figures whose work has advanced Americans’ understanding of and appreciation for the importance of foreign affairs. Previous recipients include former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, former National Security Advisor General Jim Jones, and Jim Lehrer of the PBS program Newshour.

Ambassador Negroponte has had a distinguished career in diplomacy and national security, holding government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997, and again from 2001 to 2008. He served as ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as deputy national security advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush.

His most recent position in government was as deputy secretary of state, where he served as the State Department’s chief operating officer. In 2009 Ambassador Negroponte began a part-time position at his alma mater, Yale University, as a distinguished senior research fellow in grand strategy and as a lecturer in international affairs. Ambassador Negroponte serves as Chairman of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society. He is also Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Philippines Society, a member of Secretary of State Kerry's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and Chairman of The Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

Ambassador Negroponte has received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal on two separate occasions, the highest award that can be conferred by the secretary of state, and on January 16, 2009, President Bush awarded Ambassador Negroponte the National Security Medal for his outstanding contributions to U.S. national security. He is currently Vice Chairman at McLarty Associates, an international strategic advisory firm.

Information on the 2014 conference program and speaker bios can be found at 2014 ACFR Conference.


2015 Study Trip to the Republic of the Philippines
February 5 – 15, 2015



Preparations for this one-of-a-kind trip continue, and many items on the itinerary (see itinerary draft and original announcement with registration details below) have been confirmed, including a reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg. We are also working on a special tour of Corregidor Island’s lateral tunnels, and meetings at the Foreign and Defense departments. However, we MUST have your registration in no later than October 1! Please email questions to ACFR Executive Director Philip French at

The Philippines trip announcement can be found at:  Study Trip Announcement_Registration Details.pdf

A draft trip itinerary is available at:  ACFR Philippines Study Trip 10 days.pdf"

Information on our past study trip in 2013 to Cuba is available here:  Read More ...

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