Frank Church Conferences
The 36th Annual Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs, Democracy in an Age of Anxiety: Russian Intrusion, Chinese Confrontation, Populist Disruption took place on Monday, October 14, 2019 in the Simplot Ballroom at Boise State University
Keynote Speaker: Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul
The 35th Annual Frank Church Conference – Global Struggle for Democracy. October 18, 2018, in the Simplot Ballroom at Boise State University
Speakers include: Kenneth Wollack, former President of the National Democratic Institute; David Salvo, Deputy Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.; Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Director, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security; and Shanthi Kalathil, Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy. Other speakers include David Bieter, Mayor of the City of Boise, Peter Fenn, President of the Fenn Communications Group; Seth Ashley, Associate Professor, Department of Communications, Boise State University; and Steven Feldstein, Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, School of Public Service, Boise State University. While the conference is open and free to the public, advance registration will be required for the luncheon.
On October 23, 2017 Boise State University and the Frank Church Institute hosted 34th annual Frank Church Conference on public affairs. The conference focused on refugees and was themed “America’s Future: Refugees, Migration and National Security.”
Ambassador Thomas Pickering, a distinguished U.S. diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to six countries, including Israel and Russia, as well as the United Nations, was the keynote for the session. The conference included a number of Middle East experts including Dr. Graeme Bannerman, the Middle East Institute; Dr. Nader Hashemi, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies; Stephen Schlesinger, the Century Foundation; and and Ambassador Gerald Feierstein, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs.
In 1964, Senator Frank Church sponsored and managed the passage of the Wilderness Act in the U.S. Senate. How did the Wilderness Act of 1964 become public law? What kind of framework did the Wilderness Act establish? How has the Wilderness Act functioned during the past fifty years? What challenges to the Wilderness Act should be considered for the future?
In 1975-76, Senator Frank Church chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to investigate the national intelligence agencies and make recommendations to the Senate. What were some of the lessons of the Church Committee investigation, and how are they relevant to current intelligence revelations? In the post 9/11 world, how does an open society reconcile the clash of freedom with a government’s desire for secrecy? Or, as Church stated, how does America avoid crossing the “abyss from which there is no return?”
British Prime Minister Harold McMillan once said, “Rule number one in politics is: never invade Afghanistan.” How is it then that his admonition has been so ignored? Why has the United States never understood Afghanistan—and probably never will? What are the lessons of the past and options for the future in Afghanistan?
Visit: Afghanistan After America
By force of this year’s Arab revolts and revolutions, the prospect of achieving power across the region has unleashed a debate over the character of the emerging political orders. The moment has been described as dramatic as any in the Arab world, as autocracies crumble and vibrant parties begin building a new order. What will be the outcome of this struggle for the future?
Download the Arab Spring Conference Flyer [.pdf]
Previous Conference Flyers
- 2010 Conference: Eagle & Dragon: The U.S. and China in the 21st Century
- 2009 Conference: The Global Environment: From Kyoto to Copenhagen
- 2007 Conference: Tipping Points: Presidents, the Constitution and National Security
- 2007 Conference: Global Warming: Beyond the Inconvenient Truth
- 2005 Conference: Global Flash Points: Clash of Cultures
- 2004 Conference: The American Presidency: Principled Leadership in a Time of Turbulence
- 2003 Conference: Freedom and Secrecy: Trading Liberty for Security?