ACFR is the sole national civic organization in the field of foreign affairs recruiting, booking, and arranging travel for speakers, week in and week out, in the American heartlands. Taking into consideration the need for speakers to arrange engagements in concert with other commitments and itineraries, ACFR facilitates travel to cities or areas of the country where speakers express a need or desire to go.

The format of the speaking engagements usually involves a brief (usually 30-minute) presentation by the speaker, followed by a question-and-answer session of roughly the same duration. A major difference between ACFR and other American public forums is that all remarks are characteristically on a "not-for-attribution" basis, encouraging the most candid exchange of information and perspectives possible.

ACFR member committees cooperate with local colleges and universities, schools, other civic organizations, and the media. They attempt to find additional appearances for speakers in their localities and to gain them additional exposure through media interviews, talk shows, editorial board meetings, etc. Authors of new books in the international relations field should consider that the committees will assist them in arranging bookstore signings and other book events.

For additional details or an expression of interest in serving as an ACFR speaker, please contact Philip French. A brief, one-page biography and topic title or outline of remarks would be appreciated.

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