Foreign Policy Through
the Eyes of Experts.

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

Educational Outreach Programs, now in the planning stage, will offer Maryland’s high school students the chance to master a range of foreign policy issues as part of a national current affairs contest. It will give students the opportunity to take a deep dive into a major international issue.

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.​


Upcoming Speaker


Former President of the World Bank

DATE: Tuesday, December 5th, 2023
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: World Trade Center

Previous Speakers

November 6th, 2023

“The Case for Prioritizing Taiwan Over Ukraine”

Feature Focus

November 7, 2023

The Fifth Israeli-Hamas War - A One Month Assessment

Video Library

“The Case for Prioritizing Taiwan Over Ukraine"


December 5, 2023
Robert Zoellick

American Foreign Policy &  The Lessons of History

January 9, 2024
Robert Gilchrist

The U.S. Role in the Struggle For Democracy vs. Autocracy  

February 7, 2024
James Jeffrey

Is there a two-state solution in the Arab-Israeli conflict? Who can make it happen?  

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.

Click HERE for further details on membership options.


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Members Testimonials

"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