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23rd Annual Conference


The 23rd Annual Conference of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, “American Security in The Asia Pacific,” took place on Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, 2018 atthe Embassy of Australia, University Club and The National Press Club. Over 100 Committee members and guests from across the country attended morning and afternoon panel discussions at The University Club, opening keynote by Senator Joni Ernst of the Senate Armed Services Committee and closing keynote by Admiral Patrick Walsh USN (ret.) – Former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Senior Fellow at the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. Please click here for more information about our very distinguished keynote speakers and panelists!

The conference began on Thursday evening, April 19, 2018 with a reception at the Embassy of Australia hosted by Ambassador of Australia H.E. The Honorable Joe Hockey and concluded on Friday evening, April 20, 2018 with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award dinner at the National Press Club, honoring Ambassador William Lacy Swing for his more than 34 years in the US Foreign Service. Ambassador Walter Cutler – 2017 DSA Recipient, introduced Ambassador Swing with remarks by Ambassador John D. Negroponte – 2014 DSA Recipient, who was presented the award by ACFR President Judith Hill.

23rd Annual Conference Photos

Click to enlarge these photos of the 23rd Annual Conference Australian Embassy Reception, Conference Day and Annual Distinguished Service Award banquet!


Ambassadorial Sponsorship
Jane Brimmer (Des Moines Committee) in honor of Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey

Committee Sponsorship
Casper Committee on Foreign Relations in tribute to Dr. John and Judy Bailey
Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations
Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations in tribute to Dr. Charles E. Ziegler
Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations in tribute to Mr. Phil Lauinger
Scott Colby (Wichita Committee)


Dr. John and Judy Bailey
The Casper Committee on Foreign Relations would like to recognize long-time members Dr. John and Judy Bailey. While extensively involved in various organizations related to medical care in Wyoming, the Baileys have made significant contributions to CCFR, particularly in terms of the recruitment of new members, fundraising for the Committee, and the promotion of speakers and issues to the broader Casper community. Their interest in foreign relations has extended to other family members who have been part of the Casper Committee's programming and the family has traveled extensively abroad. The Baileys have dedicated themselves to encouraging the younger generation to gain international understanding, become involved in Committee events, and participate in the process of opinion formation that is so needed in our country today.

Philip C. Lauinger, Jr.
The Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations would like to recognize Philip C. Lauinger, Jr., for his steadfast leadership and invaluable support in advancing the mission and work of the American
Committees on Foreign Relations. Mr. Lauinger, Jr., is the Co-Chair of Global Ties U.S. and the Chairman of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations. He is former chairman and chief executive
officer, and a director, of PennWell Publishing Company (now PennWell Corp.) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a life member of the American Business Media, New York City, the trade association of specialized business media companies. He served as a director from 1972-1992 and as chairman of its board of directors in 1979-1980. In addition to his service with Global Ties U.S., Mr. Lauinger is currently active in the field of international relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and serves as a counselor of Meridian International Center. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, London. In the field of education Mr. Lauinger is an advisory counselor to the Georgetown University Library in Washington, D.C., and a former director and vice president of the Cascia Hall School Foundation in Tulsa. He is also a trustee of the Philbrook Museum of Art.

Dr. Charles E. Ziegler
The Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations would like to recognize Dr. Charles E. Ziegler for his 28 years of outstanding service as Executive Director of our committee. His commitment and long-term leadership has been vital to our success. Dr. Ziegler is also Professor of Political Science and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville. He is a specialist on the domestic, foreign and security policies of Russia and Eurasia. The Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations pays tribute to Dr. Ziegler to express our appreciation for his many significant contributions, locally, and also within our national organization, the American Committees on Foreign Relations.


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