What is the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs?
The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is 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 Council helps to develop effective citizenship, professional sophistication, and a more international milieu.
The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is purely a local organization in programming, governance and support. The Council is a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan, non-position-taking, open membership, public service association. Such councils are necessary to a community’s educational system, since the American system of federalism and limited government leaves certain essential educational responsibilities to private associations
Why is the Council so relevant to Baltimore?
The Council is particularly relevant to Baltimore, which, as a major port and multi-ethnic city, has special interests in international affairs in addition to those occasioned by national citizenship.
What is the atmosphere of Council events?
Council events are a time for serious thought and discussion about pressing foreign affairs topics. The events are moderately formal and follow a prescribed format, including a reception which precedes the event, a lecture (length determined by the speaker) followed by questions and answers which together conclude after 70 minutes.
Can I attend if I am not a member?
Non-members must pay a $25 entrance fee to attend, while non-members who are guests of members must pay $10 to attend. While everyone is welcome to attend any particular event, we encourage those with an interest in foreign affairs to join the Council. Membership dues are kept low so that all may come. See our Membership page for more information, or use the contact page to send us a message of inquiry.