Upcoming Addresses


Dr. Lawrence C. Schuette

Director of Global Science & Technology Engagement, Lockheed Martin Corporation;
Former Director of Research (DOR) at the Office of Naval Research; Former STEM Director for the Department of the Navy

“Technology – Once Again, the Future is Now…”

Tuesday, January 11, 2022


The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is dedicated to citizen education in foreign affairs.  It is a non-partisan, non-position taking, not for profit, open membership association.  

It’s centerpiece is a serious discussion of American foreign policy, its distinguished speakers program, which brings twelve to sixteen notable authorities to Baltimore to meet with members and guests each year.

Dues are kept remarkably low so that all with an interest in American foreign policy can join.  $60. for an individual and $90 for a family.   Members may attend every address and accompanying receptions free of charge.


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

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Dear Member,


I hope this finds you well and in good spirits after a trying year.  Thank you for supporting the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs.  Your ongoing support has allowed your Council to remain vibrant, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Indeed during the calendar year 2020 and so far in 2021 our colleague Mr. Duncan Brown presented 15 Distinguished Speaker Programs (DSP) using ZOOM.  Our distinguished speakers covered varied topics, including: Strategic Deterrence, the People’s Republic of China’s actions against Taiwan, the digital world’s rise as a challenger to the nation-state, etc.  Our discussion of Supply Chain Disruptions was particularly noteworthy as it preceded the national attention on this issue.


Most recently we returned to the In-Person format (+ ZOOM). On 7 October we hosted Dr. Michael O’Hanlon from the Brookings Institution who spoke with us about The Art of War in a Time of Peace.  On 17 November we hosted Mr. Elbridge Colby (the principal author of the 2018 National Defense Strategy) who spoke with us about his recent book “The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict”.  Consistent with health guidance, full vaccination was requested for attendance, and face-covering was required.  It was good to be able to meet in person again and to exchange insights!  We will round out the year with at least one more In-Person-ZOOM “hybrid” DSP program on 9 December with The Hon. Mr. Jerry Hultin who will speak on the topic “The Future from Three Perspectives: Cities, Work, and Nation-states”.


As you know Dr. Burd has chosen to retire and to enjoy other aspects of life while still remaining engaged as a Council member and President Emeritus.  It is never easy to replace the founder and 40+ year President, but the Board has set up an interim team to manage through the transition.  A Board Search Committee has also been established to seek qualified candidates to take the Council forward.  A number of candidates have been interviewed, and we are confident that at the end of the process the Council will be in good hands.


Today we are asking you to renew your investment in the Council.  In past years many Council members have donated generously to sustain the Council in its mission and activities.  As we return to a “Pre-Pandemic Normal” the Council will require enhanced financial resources.  You can support the continued excellence of the Council by donating at an increased level.  Starting out on a sound financial footing is especially important now, as we seek to engage a new President.  You can make an impact today by making your End of Year donation by clicking on the link.



The Board is excited about the future of the Council, and we look forward to welcoming you to the upcoming Distinguished Speakers Programs.


With Gratitude,

R. Robinson (Robby) Harris

Acting President, Chair of the Board

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