Public Programs

In keeping with its mission to offer educational programs that address security challenges facing the United States, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy organizes public briefings, panel discussions and lectures by prominent government and former government officials and foreign policy experts.  

Ongoing Public Event Series


The Angier Biddle Duke Lecture Series

Former CIA Director John Brennan at the 2018 Angier Biddle Duke lecture

Established to the honor the memory of past NCAFP president Angier Biddle Duke, this lecture series features distinguished government officials, public figures or thought leaders in the foreign policy community.  Duke Lecturers have included General Brent Scowcroft; H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein; Ambassadors Thomas R. Pickering,  Frank G. Wisner, John Negroponte, Winston Lord, and Richard C. Holbrooke; Dr. Aaron David Miller; Walter Russel Mead; the Honorable Antony Blinken; and former CIA Director John Brennan.

U.S. Security in the 21st Century

LTG (ret.) Ben Hodges references a map at an NCAFP program


Designed to address some of the most critical security issues currently facing the United States, these programs stem from the nexus of diplomacy and security studies.  Joining the expertise of not only career diplomats and academics, but incorporating the crucial experiences and insights of active and retired military personnel, policy planners, intelligence officials, and information security experts.  

The George D. Schwab Foreign Policy Briefings

Gary Sick

Professor Gary Sick shares his thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal with a West Point cadet


Held under the name of the National Committee's co-founder, and long-time president, George D. Schwab, this series is designed to generate thoughtful discussion of ongoing foreign policy matters in a balanced, nonpartisan manner from the perspective of the United States.  Without limitations in its scope, this series has included briefings on critical cyber and information issues, the Middle East, Russia and U.S.-European relations.





The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City

Since its establishment in 1974, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy has demonstrated a commitment to promoting human rights, supporting our allies, and advancing the interests of the United States."

The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City

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