The Trustees of the



Cordially Invite You to an Address by

Col. Christopher Kolenda (ret.)


Adjunct Senior Fellow, the Center for a New American Security;

Founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy,

Retired Army Colonel

 "Zero Sum Victory: What we’re Getting Wrong about War"

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

@ 6 PM

World Trade Center, Baltimore


Michael O’Hanlon


Director of Research, Foreign Policy Program
Specialist in U.S. Defense Policy
The Brookings Institution

 On his book:  "Military History for the Modern Strategist"

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

@ 6 PM 

World Trade Center Baltimore

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Andrew S. Weiss, "Demystifying Vladimir Putin"

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Joseph Votel, “Afghanistan:  Lessons Learned”

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Paul Goble, “Who’s Going to Win in Ukraine and What the Outcome means for Us”

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

James O’Brien, “Sanctions: Do They Ever Work?”

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Tom Andrews, "Is the world letting Myanmar down?"

Wai Wai Nu, "Atrocity and Genocide Prevention in Myanmar"

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The Hon. John Bolton

Threats Facing the United States

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Corinne Graff

"An Aid Program for Countries At The Edge of Chaos"

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

"The Perilous State of Indian Democracy"

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Steve Carmel & Bill Doyle

“The Supply Chain Crisis 2.0”

Monday, May 16, 2022

Michael Kofman

“Still a great power? The Russian military after the invasion of Ukraine”


Thursday, April 21, 2022

David Schenker

“The Ukraine Crisis: Why America’s Mideast Partners are Sitting on the Fence”

Thursday, March 24, 2022

James Foggo

"Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:  What it means for European Security"

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Paul Pillar

“Afghanistan Isn’t Good Terrorist Real Estate”

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Ömer Taşpinar

“Turkey, the Middle East and the West: Deciphering Mutual Misunderstandings”


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Lawrence C. Schuette

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

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Jerry M. Hultin

“The Future from Three Perspectives: Cities, Work, and Nation-States”


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Elbridge A. Colby

“The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict”

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Michael O’Hanlon

“The Art of War in an Age of Peace: The U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint”

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Dear Council Member,


I hope you are doing well. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for supporting the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs.  Now, we ask you to remember us with an End of Year donation.


After a year of strong programs, we have high ambitions for 2023.  We’re holding regular in-person presentations now that the Covid-19 threat has receded, but making them accessible on a Zoom live feed. A new Website is in the works, and we are planning to revive programs directed at high school and college students.


The world changed dramatically last February when Russia invaded Ukraine. We responded by focusing our Distinguished Speaker Series on the war and its consequences and by adding a blog on daily developments to our Website.


We asked the experts to give us the big picture, beginning with Admiral James Foggo (Ret.), former commander of the Sixth Fleet, who laid out the military scene in Europe as the war began. Former Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker explained the decision of major Middle East states to sit on the fence. Michael Kofman of the CNA think tank discussed Russia’s flawed military tactics (his remarks went viral when we posted his video on YouTube). Later in the year, we had James O’Brien, the State Department’s new sanctions “czar,” Paul Goble, formerly with the CIA and State Department, on what will happen to Russia after the war in Ukraine, and Andrew Weiss on Putin’s Life and Lies. 


We broke new ground on other topics as well, presenting a respected scholar on India’s often dysfunctional democracy and a leading expert on the new US approach to foreign aid; and we did a special program highlighting the plight of Burma, a nation of 50 million now staging a revolution against the Burmese military.  John Bolton, the former National Security Adviser, was our guest at the Maryland Club. We had two programs on Afghanistan, one with Paul Pillar, the former CIA official, and the second with Gen. Joseph Votel (Ret.) the former commander of the Central Command.


At this time of year, we turn to members to ask you to renew your investment in the Council. As a non-profit with low dues, we operate on a tight budget.  The many members who have donated generously have helped sustain the Council in its mission and activities for more than 40 years.  As we expand our programs, we will require enhanced financial resources.   You can make an impact today with your Year End donation by clicking on the link:


The Board and I are convinced that the Council has a great future, and we look forward to welcoming you to upcoming Distinguished Speakers Programs.


With gratitude,




Roy Gutman




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 and world affairs can join. Annual membership dues are $60 for an individual, $90 for a family, and $30 for full-time students. 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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