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The 35th Annual Frank Church Conference – Global Struggle for Democracy took place on October 18, 2018, in the Simplot Ballroom at Boise State University

2018 Conference

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.

2017 Conference

2017 Conference poster
The 34th Annual Frank Church Conference – America’s Future: Refugees, Migration, and National Security.

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.”

Click here for more information about the 2017 Frank Church Conference
Click here to read essays on the subject of America’s Future: Refugees, Migration and National Security.

2016 Conference

2016 Conference Poster
Clash of Cultures: The Middle East in Turmoil

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.

Visit: Clash of Cultures: The MIDDLE EAST in TURMOIL

2014 Conference

2014 Conference Poster
Wilderness: America’s Heritage

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?

Visit: Wilderness: America’s Heritage

2013 Conference

2013 conference poster
Watching the Watchers: Security vs. Liberty

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?”

Visit: Watching the Watchers: Security vs Liberty

2012 Conference

2012 Conference Poster
Afghanistan After America

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

2011 Conference

2011 Conference Poster
The Arab Spring

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]

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About the Institute Conferences
A long roster of distinguished participants include: former President Gerald Ford; former Vice Presidents Al Gore and Walter Mondale; former Senators Mark Hatfield, Slade Gorton, Edmund Muskie, and Gaylord Nelson; former White House Counsels Ted Sorensen, Leon Panetta, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.; and former Ambassadors Joseph Sisco, Andrew Young, and Paul Warnke.

The widely ranging conference subjects include:

  • War or Peace? The American Role
  • International Issues in the Middle East
  • Political Repression and Social Control
  • Americanism: Activism or Apathy?
  • Responding to Revolution: At Home and Abroad
  • Who Decides? The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy
  • Prospects for Peace
  • Our Public Lands
  • The New World: Changing U.S. – U.S.S.R. Relations
  • Earth in the Balance
  • The World After the Soviet Union
  • The Impact of Global Arms Sales
  • Troubled Waters: Preserving Life’s Most Precious Resource
  • What is National Security?
  • The Dragon Stirs: A New Dawn for China and the United States
  • Juggling Pragmatism and Principle: Interventionism and the Balkan Experience
  • The Presidency: Leadership and the Paradox of Power
  • Lights Out in the American West!
  • America’s Image Abroad
  • Freedom & Secrecy: Trading Liberty for Security?

The Frank Church Institute seeks to complete the funding of the first endowed professor, the continued Church Conferences, and the proposed Church Scholarships at Boise State.