“America’s Place in the World—Still Indispensable?”

The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum (SFWAF) 2024 Symposium “America’s Place in the World—Still Indispensable?” will take place at the Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26. The Santa Fe Community College is co-sponsor. The Public Diplomacy Council of America will support the participation of four university or college students at the symposium as in past years, and as a partner organization PDCA members may attend the symposium at the SFWAF two day member price of $95.

Former AFSA President Ambassador (rtd) Eric Rubin will be the opening speaker. Speakers include former US Ambassadors John Herbst of the Atlantic Council, William Itoh of McCarty and Associates, Former Ambassador and PDCA member Mark L. Asquino will chair the university student panel. Dr. Nicholas Cull, PDCA Board Member will conclude the symposium with a talk on “A Historical Approach to Discerning Fact from Fiction – Lessons for Dealing with Disinformation in the Information Age.” PDCA Board Member Patricia Kushlis is president of the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum and is coordinating the symposium.   

This year, SFWAF's annual symposium takes a deep dive into the questions of America’s international influence as the global order increasingly rests on shaky pillars. Can the U.S. retain its democratic form of government and still provide leadership in this increasingly complex and troubled world? If so, how? Explore these crucial questions in diplomacy, national security, the future of nuclear weapons, and information dissemination in the internet age with six experts on Russia-Ukraine, Asia and Middle East, nuclear weapons use and development, and public diplomacy and disinformation.  

The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum is a non-affiliated 501(c)(3) volunteer membership organization founded in 2004 in New Mexico that focuses on international affairs education for adults through expert-led interactive lunch programs, web presentations, and its annual symposium.  

For additional information visit https://sfwaf.org.  

Partner organizations also include the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque, Global Ties ABQ, the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County, University of New Mexico International Studies Institute, the Fulbright Association of New Mexico, American Foreign Service Association, UWC-USA, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV).