The Denver Council on Foreign Relations  is committed to heightening public awareness and building understanding of contemporary and emerging international issues. In doing so, DCFR seeks a better informed Colorado regarding the global issues that impact us all. We do so by hosting a range of events, forums, and discussions, all open to the public and funded by our members designed to help the citizens of Colorado gain access to experts on national and international issues.  Become a Member today! ​​​​​​​  We look forward to seeing you at a DCFR event soon!

The Denver Council on Foreign Relations would like to thank everyone for making our Annual Leadership in Global Engagement Event a tremendous success!


"Failed Global Leadership: the U.S.-China Rivalry During Covid-19"


Dr. Sam Zhao

Executive Director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at University of Denver, Josef Korbel School

​​​​​​​**Virtual Meeting**
September 24, 2020​​​​​​​ -- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Suisheng (Sam) Zhao is Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. A founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the US Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, a member of National Committee on US-China Relations, a Research Associate at the Fairbanks Center for East Asian Research in Harvard University, and an honorary jianzhi professor at Beijing University, Renmin University, China University of International Relations, Fudan University and Shanghai Foreign Studies University. A Campbell National Fellow at Hoover Institution of Stanford University, he was Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College in Maryland, Associate Professor of Government and East Asian Politics at Colby College in Maine and visiting assistant professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at University of California-San Diego.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of California-San Diego, M.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri and B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Peking University. He is the author and editor of more than ten books [some of which can be found on the DCFR Bookshelf]. 

Dr. Sam Zhao published an essay entitled
"East Asian Disorder: China and the South
China Sea Disputes" in the May/June 2020
Asian Survey.

Please see below for a PDF copy of his insights:
Essay Summary
In the South China Sea territorial disputes, China
has shifted from a delaying strategy characterized
by strategic ambiguity to strategic clarity and an increasingly assertive stance. Yet, this power play, asserting sovereignty
over a large portion of the South China Sea, has not prompted
a decisive push-back from regional states or major powers, raising the question of what kind of norms China will bring
to the regional order and indicating the difficulty of
building rules-based order in a region characterized
by unbounded power politics in a twenty-first-
century Hobbesian struggle.
His articles have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, The Wilson Quarterly, Washington Quarterly, International Politik, The Hague Journal of Democracy, European Financial Review, The China Quarterly, World Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Journal of Democracy, Pacific Affairs, Communism and Post-Communism Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and elsewhere.

If you are interested in attending an upcoming event please Contact Us for registration and additional information.​​​​​​​ 

Capacity is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.

"Russia and The West:  Mischief, Tension and Conflict in the 21st Century"

John Beyrle

Chairman of the U.S. Russia Foundation & Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Belarus

**Virtual Meeting**
October 08, 2020 ​​​​​​​-- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Anthony Carroll

Vice President at Manchester Trade Ltd & Adjunct Professor School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

**Virtual Meeting**
October 20, 2020 ​​​​​​​-- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

"U.S. & German / European Relations"

Constanze Stelzenmüller

Senior Fellow in Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution

**Virtual Meeting**
November 11, 2020​​​​​​​ -- 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


"Bosnia Wars: 25 Years Later"

Dr. Michael McNeal

Adjunct Instructor at Metro State University of Denver

**Virtual Meeting**

December 09, 2020 ​​​​​
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Kevin Archer​​​​​​​
Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Director of International Programs at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

"Critical Minerals & U.S. National Security"

Dr. Morgan Bazilian

Director of the Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines

**Virtual Meeting**
January 19, 2021 ​​​​​​​-- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

"Rogue Diplomats: The Proud Tradition of Disobedience in American Foreign Policy"

Dr. Seth Jacobs
Professor of History at Boston College​​​​​​​

**Virtual Meeting**
February 03, 2021 ​​​​​​​-- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

"Watching Climate Change from Space"

Dr. Waleed Abdalati

Director of Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at University of Colorado
**Virtual Meeting**
February 23, 2021 ​​​​​​​-- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

March 2021
Event will be held in conjunction with the American Council on Germany

"U.S. National Security"

Dr. Lewis Griffith

Director of International Security at University of Denver, Josef Korbel School

**Virtual Meeting**
April 14, 2021 ​​​​​​​-- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

MAY 2021