The American Committees on Foreign Relations

ACFR is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the U.S. national interest through energetic, face-to-face discourse between foreign policy practitioners and committee members. To this end, it organizes and supports a national conference and over one hundred speaking events each year in Committee locations across the country.

ACFR Vice President

The American Committees on Foreign Relations is pleased to announce that ACFR Vice President Dr. Richard L. Millett has been named the recipient of this year’s William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education. The award is bestowed by the National Defense University’s William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. MORE

Ambassador John Negroponte

Receives Distinguished Service Award from American Committees on Foreign Relations

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2014

Negroponte Award
From Left to Right: ACFR Board of Advisors Chair, Ambassador John Maisto; ACFR Executive Director, Philip French; Ambassador John Negroponte; ACFR President, Richard Slaughter.

The American Committees on Foreign Relations bestowed its Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Public Discourse on Foreign Policy on Ambassador John D. Negroponte during its Annual Conference April 25. MORE

ACFR Study Trip to Cuba


In April 2013 the American Committees on Foreign Relations sponsored a study trip to Cuba as part of an educational exchange that allowed participants to interact with local Cubans from all walks of life—architectural restorers, priests, government officials, editors, economists and diplomats. The U.S. government still restricts travel to Cuba in general, but new rules implemented by the Obama Administration allow Cuban Americans to travel freely and allow all Americans to obtain a license to visit Cuba for educational, religious or other purposes involving "people-to-people" activities.MORE

Coming Events:

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ACFR 20th Annual Conference

April 23-24, 2015
Washington D.C.

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  • THURSDAY EVENING: Embassy Reception at the German Embassy
  • FRIDAY CONFERENCE: Speakers and Panels Program- The historic and prestigious National Press Club ("where news happens") is reserved as our program venue for the 24th. The plan is for the all-day meeting to be in the Holeman Lounge and lunch in the adjoining First Amendment Lounge.
  • FRIDAY EVENING AWARD & DINNER: Cosmos Club. Pictured below.................