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22nd Annual Conference

22nd Annual Conference

22nd Annual Conference

22nd Annual Conference | April 27 and 28, 2017

The 22nd Annual Conference of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, “Commerce, Investment and Trade: American Prosperity in an Uncertain World,” will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Register online or by mail-in form at our Conference Registration page today!

Thursday, April, 27, 2017

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Embassy Reception
Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Conference
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

6:00 p.m. - Distinguished Service Award Banquet
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award will take place at the annual award banquet beginning at 6:00 p.m. Recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award will be US Ambassador Walter L. Cutler, Ret.

22nd Annual Conference Program | April 28, 2017

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ambassador John Herbst - Director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, former US Ambassador to Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and former State Department Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization
  • Teresa H. Carlson - Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services
  • Ambassador Shaun Donnelly - Vice President for Investment and Financial Services at the US Council for International Business (USCIB) and former US Ambassador to Siri Lanka

Panel Speakers:

  • Ambassador Terry Miller - Director of the Center for Data Analysis and the Center for Trade and Economics at The Heritage Foundation, and co-author of the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom: Trade and Prosperity at Risk
  • Andrea Durkin - Editor-in-Chief of TradeVistas, founder and principal of Sparkplug, LLC, and former US Government official with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce
  • Joshua P. Meltzer - Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, adjunct professor for international trade law at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and former diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC
  • Mark Widmar - Chief Executive Officer and Director of First Solar, Inc., a global provider of comprehensive solar energy solutions, and formerly with Lucent Technologies, Allied Signal, and Bristol Myers/Squibb
  • Clyde Prestowitz - Founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute and former Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the President's Committee on Trade and Investment in the Pacific
  • Heather A. Conley - CSIS Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director of the Europe Program; and leading expert for the CSIS Future of Trade Initiative
  • Dan Ikenson - Director of the Cato Institute's Center Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies and co-author of Antidumping Exposed: The Devilish Details of Unfair Trade Law
  • Christopher Wilson - Deputy Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and author of Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico

Conference Cost and Registration

Register online or by mail-in form at our Conference Registration page today!

Committee Members and Guests - cost of the 22nd Annual Conference includes the Canadian Embassy reception, the conference program (including breakfast and lunch) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Distinguished Service Award banquet at the National Press Club.

Friends of the ACFR - cost of the 22nd Annual Conference includes the conference program (including breakfast and lunch) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Distinguished Service Award Banquet - tickets to the Distinguished Service Award dinner only will be available separately for committee members or their guests not attending the conference and Friends of the ACFR.

Non-Committee Members - special conference pricing will be available to former and prospective committee members, Washington, DC area students and other groups who would like to attend the conference program. Please contact Christian Wistehuff at 202-534-1766 for pricing and to register over the telephone.

Conference Sponsorships

Become a sponsor online, by mail-in form or telephone on our Registration page!

Foundation/Corporate – Beginning at $2,000.00 Includes special recognition from the podium, in our conference program, and in all promotional materials.

ACFR Committee – Beginning at $1,000.00 Includes a tribute, special recognition from the podium, nametag badge, mention in our conference program and in all promotional materials.

Ambassadorial (Individual or Committee) at $1,000.00 Provides conference and distinguished service award banquet attendance for our past, current and prospective embassy hosts. Includes a tribute, nametag badge, special recognition from the podium, mention in our conference program and in all promotional materials.

Past DSA Recipients (Individual/Committee) – Beginning at $1,000.00 Provides embassy reception, conference and distinguished service award banquet attendance for our past distinguished service award recipients. Includes a tribute, nametag badge, special recognition from the podium, mention in our conference program and all promotional materials.

Individual – Beginning at $500.00 Includes a tribute, special recognition from the podium, nametag badge, mention in our conference program and in all promotional materials. Includes attendance at the embassy event, conference and service award banquet.

Hotel Accommodations and Reservations

Discounted accommodations of $269.00 per night will be available from April 23 – 30, 2017 at the Loews Madison Hotel at 1177 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (855) 325-6397 and using the ACFR Group Code number ACF416.

Early Arrival Event

DC Ducks Tour from Union Station April 27, 2017 at 1:00, 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. This is the most unusual tour you may ever take, DC Ducks is the most exciting way to see Washington, DC aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 “Duck!” Please call Michael Brown at DC Ducks Tour at (904)-572-3702 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. He is waiting to take your reservation and will forward your tickets and receipt via email.

Christian Wistehuff

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