The Channel City Club was founded in 1946 in Santa Barbara, California, to provide the community with a local venue for outstanding experts on state, national, and international issues.


The  Committee on Foreign Relations promotes foreign
relations dialogue  through lecture-discussions.
Member of ACFR, Washington, D.C.

December 15, 2020
1:00pm-2:00pm Pacific



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Main Speaker:  Michael Kimmage – professor of history and department chair at the Catholic University of America.  He is also a fellow at the German Marshall Fund. From 2014 to 2017, Kimmage served on the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio. He publishes widely on international affairs, U.S.-Russian relations and American diplomatic history. His latest book, The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy, was published by Basic Books in April 2020. He is a member of the Kennan Institute advisory board.

Moderator:  Jill Dougherty – expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union. In her three-decade career with CNN, Dougherty served as Foreign Affairs Correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., where she covered the State Department and provided analysis on international issues. Dougherty previously served as U.S. Affairs Editor for CNN International; Managing Editor of CNN International Asia/Pacific, based in Hong Kong; and CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief and Correspondent. From 1991 to 1996 she was CNN White House Correspondent, covering the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2013-14 she was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she pursued research on Russia’s mass media. Dougherty received her B.A. degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her M.A. from Georgetown University, where she researched Russia’s soft power diplomacy.

During this time when we are unable to hold our luncheon programs and other in-person events,
we have had the benefit of timely Webinars/Zoom programs presented by experts at eminent “think tanks” through American Committees on Foreign Relations.

“How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Great Power Competition?” (Hudson Institute; March 31, 2020)

“Disinformation Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic”  (Wilson Center; April 7, 2020)

"The Food Supply During the Pandemic:  Facts from the Front Line" (Heritage Foundation; April 13, 2020)

“COVID-19 and the U.S.-China Relationship: Collision or Collaboration?”  (National Committee on U.S.- China Relations; April 14, 2020)

“U.S. Global Leadership Amid Contested Globalism: The Next 25 Years.” (Hudson Institute; April 20, 2020) This was followed by ACFR’s annual meeting.

“Nuclear Deterrence for the 21st Century”  (Heritage Foundation & Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA); May 5, 2020)

“Putin and Russia: The Global Road Ahead” with Robert Donaldson, Ph.D. Director, Tulsa CFR & Erich Frankland, Director Casper CFR  (May 7, 2020) 

“In Russia’s Shadow:  China’s Rising Security Presence?”  (Kennan Institute, May 27, 2020)

“Making Sense of a World in Crisis —  Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert” with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations (July 13, 2020)

"Explore the Peace Trail on the National Mall" (The United States Institute of Peace, August 13, 2020)

"U.S.-Africa Policy Before, During, & After Covid-19" featuring Judd Devermont, Director of the CSIS Africa Program.  
(Tuesday, August 25)

"US-China Relations: A New Cold War?"  Hosted by Dr. Mohsen Milani, Founding Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida (September 10, 2020)

“U.S.-Russia Relations in the 21st Century: "Balancing Competition and Cooperation" Hosted by Denver Council on Foreign Relations featuring Ambassador John Beryle. (October 8, 2020)

Heritage Foundation Webinar:  "The Fight to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine The Inside Story of the Administration’s Operation Warp Speed" Moderated By: Thomas Spoehr, Director, Center for National Defense, The Heritage Foundation and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Ret. Gen. Spoehr spoke here last December, during our Christmas luncheon program. (October 27, 2020)

Zoom Meeting: “US National Interests and the World Health Organization” ACFR-exclusive presentation featuring Dr. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS) (November 10, 2020)

"Where is America Likely Headed in the Middle East?" ACFR Event featuring Ambassador Dennis Ross. (November 17, 2020)


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Annual Conference Postponed until 2021

Looking Ahead at U.S.-Russian Relations in the Next Administration

Please join the American Committees on Foreign Relations for an exclusive discussion on U.S.-Russia relations, hosted by the Kennan Institute.

With a new administration entering the White House, what will be the main issues to be addressed in the U.S.-Russia relationship? Michael Kimmage will examine the challenges and opportunities that the Biden administration will face immediately and over the next few years.

This event is part of our Kennan Conversation Series, which links experts on Russia and Eurasia to audiences around the country. You can read more about that program HERE.

Michael Kimmage
, Professor and Chair, History Department, Catholic University of America
Jill Dougherty
, Global Fellow, Wilson Center

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