Our Mission

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.

The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, non-partisan, non-position-taking public service association with membership open to the public. We consider councils such as ours part of the community’s educational system, focused on foreign affairs and the United States’ role and impact abroad.

BCFA is particularly relevant to Baltimore, historically America’s second largest port of entry to immigrants (after Ellis Island), and a major center for international trade.