About us

The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan, non-position-taking, open membership, public service association dedicated to citizen education in foreign affairs. It was founded in 1980 by broadly representative and distinguished community leaders. Lectures, seminars, discussions and studies are addressed to several audiences: established and developing leadership, international professionals, the attentive citizenry, youth, and not-yet attentive public.

The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is purely a local organization in programming, governance and support.

our values

The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is dedicated to citizen education in foreign affairs.

BCFA seeks to empower citizens to monitor foreign policy critically and enable them to engage in the national debate. This is vital in any democracy, but nowhere more so than in the United States, whose leadership role rests on the support of an informed citizenry. Since its inception, in 1980, BCFA has organized hundreds of discussion forums and special events. We have also conducted programs with more than 50 colleges, universities and secondary schools.

our events

- John Bader (March 6, 2024)
- Jeremy Konyndyk (April 4, 2024)
- Madelyn Creedon, Franklin Miller, and Daryl Kimball (April 24, 2024)

New News Blog: Four months into the Israeli-Hamas war: A preliminary appraisal and a look ahead By Robert O. Freedman

Programs

The Distinguished Speakers Program looks at major contemporary issues and the underpinnings of American foreign policy through the eyes of distinguished foreign affairs experts.

Our News Blogs

Timely, newsworthy postings recap critical developments at home and abroad. We look at those that are in the public spotlight and those that aren’t.​

Become A Member

We invite everyone with an interest in international affairs to join the BCFA. Your participation broadens your understanding of the impact of international affairs on our lives, and contributes to the national foreign policy debate.​

IN THE NEWS:

Upcoming Speaker:

March 6, 2024
John Bader with Dr. Brian Souders

Executive Director of the Fulbright Association

Topic:
The Fulbrights at 78: Achievements and Contradictions

WHERE IS THE EVENT :

World Trade Center Baltimore

WHEN IS THE EVENT :

March 6, 2024 6:00 pm

Upcoming Speaker:

Robert Gilchrist

Former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania 2020-2023

DATE: Tuesday, January 9, 2024 
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: World Trade Center 

Previous Speakers

February 7, 2024

"Is There a Two-state Solution in the Arab-Israeli Conflict? Who Can Make It Happen?"

Feature Focus

February 22, 2024


Four months into the Israeli-Hamas war: A preliminary appraisal and a look ahead

Video Library

February 7, 2024

"Is There a Two-state Solution in the Arab-Israeli Conflict? Who Can Make It Happen?"

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 6, 2024
John Bader

The Fulbrights at 78: Achievements and Contradictions

April 4, 2024
Jeremy Konyndyk

Gaza, Ukraine and the Rising Tide of Refugees; Does the World Need a New Convention on Refugees?

April 24, 2024
Madelyn Creedon, Franklin Miller, & Daryl Kimball
Do We Need More Nukes?

What is the Baltimore
Council on Foreign Affairs?

The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan, non-position-taking, open membership, public service association dedicated to citizen education in foreign affairs. It was founded in 1980 by broadly representative and distinguished community leaders. Lectures, seminars, discussions and studies are addressed to several audiences: established and developing leadership, international professionals, the attentive citizenry, youth, and not-yet attentive public.

The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is purely a local organization in programming, governance and support.

Dues are kept low so that all with an interest in American foreign policy and world affairs can join. Members may attend every address and accompanying receptions free of charge.

Contributing members are also invited to leadership dinners with speakers which follow programs.

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Members Testimonials

Our clients love listening to our speakers, just read what they have to say!

"Mr. O'Brien is a fantastic speaker. It was without a doubt one of the best presentations we've attended." 
Referring to Ambassador James C. O’Brien, head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination at the State Department, speaking on: “Do Sanctions Ever Work?” - Oct 2022.
Mary Janowiak​
"This was a fantastic presentation. Mesmerizing! ... There was so much to absorb on multiple levels. So many issues were referenced that need more study/reflection."
Referring to Paul Goble, former State Department and CIA official, speaking on "Who's Going to Win in Ukraine and What the Outcome is Going to Mean for Us" -Oct 2022.
BCFA Member
"I loved visiting the presentation with my other classmates and asking questions to the speaker."
BCFA Student

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