The Boston Committee on Foreign Relations is a member organization established in 1946 in cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and currently affiliated with the American Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. Its purpose is to encourage enlightened discussion of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. It takes no policy positions and is open to members of all political views. The BCFR’s membership is drawn from the leadership ranks of the region’s business, financial, academic, and legal communities and from the local diplomatic corps.




February 10, 2016  Lunch

Christopher Smart

Former Senior Director for International Economics, National Security Council

The Economics, Politics, and Markets that Drove the European Financial Crisis


March 24, 2016  Dinner

Jake Sullivan

Foreign Policy Adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Election Campaign and Former National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden

Foreign Policy and the 2016 Election


April 4, 2016  Dinner

Anson Chan

Former Chief Secretary, Hong Kong

Hong Kong and China


April 12, 2016  Dinner

Ribal al-Assad

Founder and Director, Organization for Freedom and Democracy in Syria and cousin of Bashar al-Assad

Syria, the Middle East, and the New Cold War: How Three Tiers of Conflict Created the Apocalypse


April 26, 2016  Dinner

Mervyn King

Former Governor, Bank of England

The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy