The NCAFP Mourns the Loss of Paul A. Volcker

The National Committee on American Foreign Policy’s Board of Trustees mourns the loss of Honorary Chairman, and long-time friend, The Honorable Paul A. Volcker.  Chairman Volcker’s introduction to the National Committee began with his receipt of the George F. Kennan Award for Distinguished Public Service in the fall of 1997, recognizing his historic contributions to central banking in the United States.  

He was named the Honorary Chairman of the National Committee in 2005, serving for more than a decade as a substantial contributor to innumerable roundtables, policy meetings, and awards dinners.  His peerless vision, tireless fortitude, and rigorous intellect were matched only by his gentle charm and endlessly affable wit.  We offer our greatest condolences to his wife, Anke, and his loving family on the loss of this great leader and statesman.

- Jeffrey R. Shafer, Chairman


Silent No More: Perspectives on Combatting Sexual Violence in Conflict

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:00pm

 Registration 5:45-6:00pm; Program 6:00-7:15pm; Reception to Follow

Location: Upper East Side, New York City*


Ms. Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman

H.E. Ms. Pramila Patten
Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict,
United Nations

Ambassador Teuta Sahatqija
Consul General of the Republic of Kosovo in New York

Moderated by
Ambassador (ret.) Susan M. Elliott, President & CEO, NCAFP

Sexual violence in areas of conflict continues to loom as a shadow over international security.  All too often present, and shamefully overlooked on the battlegrounds of the world, sexual violence demands the attention of global policymakers.  Join the National Committee and the Consulate General of the Republic of Kosovo in New York as we call attention to the menace posed by this crucial issue, and hear from survivors and practitioners addressing it around the world.

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*Please Contact the NCAFP for Venue Details


NCAFP Delegation Speaks at East-West Center

Security and Political Trends in East Asia Insights from an NCAFP Delegation Trip from East-West Center on Vimeo.


In November 2019, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) sent a delegation of distinguished experts and practitioners to meet with government officials, scholars and experts across Northeast Asia. The group visited Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul; and in each city held frank and authoritative discussions on regional dynamics and security issues including U.S.-China relations, cross-Taiwan Strait relations, North Korea, and the future of U.S. alliances.

Introduced by Ambassador Susan M. Elliott, President and CEO of the NCAFP, the delegation spoke on a panel at the EastWest Center and included: Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, Ambassador James Zumwalt, Ms. Susan Thornton, and Mr. Mark Tokola.


Susan A. Thornton to Join the NCAFP

NEW YORK, October 31, 2019 – The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) President and CEO Susan  M. Elliott announced today the appointment of Susan A. Thornton as Project Director of its Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, effective January 1, 2020. Ms. Thornton retired from U.S. government service in summer 2018 and is a Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School, where she will remain concurrently affiliated.

Ms. Thornton will succeed current FAPS Project Director, Professor Donald S. Zagoria, who notified the NCAFP Board of Trustees of his decision to retire earlier this year, following a remarkable career as a thought leader on security and diplomacy in the Asia Pacific.

Jeffrey R. Shafer, NCAFP Chairman said, “The NCAFP’s Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, which has been ably led by Professor Donald S. Zagoria for over twenty years, has contributed to peace and stability in East Asia by conducting authoritative unofficial diplomatic discussions. There is no person better suited to continue the legacy of Professor Zagoria than Susan Thornton, who has the practical experience and strategic foresight needed to navigate the pressing foreign policy and security challenges confronting this increasingly important region of the world.”

More details on Susan Thornton's appointment can be found by clicking here.



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