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.

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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 policy institutes 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)

"Looking Ahead at U.S.-Russian Relations in the Next Administration" American Committees on Foreign Relations event, hosted by the Kennan Institute. Speaker: Michael Kimmage Moderator: Jill Dougherty (December 1, 2020)

"Critical Minerals & US National Security" Organized by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations featuring Dr. Morgan Bazilian. (January 19, 2021)

"Will US-Russia Relations Ever Recover?" Organized by Denver Council on Foreign Relations featuring Dr. Fiona Hill (February 9, 2021)

"Biden and the U.S. Global Role: Restoring America’s Moral Voice"  Organized by Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations featuring Lawrence J. Haas (February 17, 2021)


​"Brexit: What's Next for Britain, the European Union, and the United States?" Organized by Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations featuring Ted Bromund, Michelle Egan, and Jim Hollifield (February 19, 2021)


"Women's Gains in Afghanistan: Healthcare’s Essential Role" Organized by the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the U.S. - Afghan Women’s Council and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security. Featuring Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, President, U.S. Naval War College and former Provincial Reconstruction Team commander; Diwa Samad, Special Aide to the President of AFG and Former Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning, Afghan Ministry of Health; and Mariam Bayat, Director, Bayat Foundation. (February 26, 2021)


"Transatlantic Renewal? A New Era for German-American Relations" Featuring Ricklef Beutin. Hosted by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations in conjunction with the American Council on Germany. (March 11, 2021)


"The Importance of Getting US-Mexico Relations Right" Featuring Ambassador Earl Anthony (Tony) Wayne. Hosted by the Salt Lake City Committee on Foreign Relations. (March 17, 2021)

"Women's Gains in Afghanistan: Leadership & Peace" Hosted by the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC), and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security (ACWPS). Featured speakers: Minister Hasina Safi, Fatima Gailani, and Lt. Colonel Natalie Trogus. (March 23, 2021)

"The Civilian - Military Relationship Today" Hosted by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations. Featuring General George W. Casey. (April 7, 2021)

“An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance" Presented by the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations. Featuring Dr. Ken Conca (April 13, 2021)

"U.S. National Security Issues Today- Like Never Before!" Hosted by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations. Featuring Dr. Lewis Griffith. (April 14, 2021)

"Russia and NATO: Past, Present, and Future" Hosted by the Des Moines Committee. Featuring William H. Hill and Colonel Jason P. Gresh. (April 20, 2021)

"Myanmar’s Coup: International Shockwaves and Prospects for Peace and Democracy" Hosted by the Salt Lake City Committee on Foreign Relations. Featuring Jason Tower. (April 21, 2021)


 An Invitation to Membership
Please join us for your first CCC luncheon program at the member price.
Please contact us for more information.

November 4 - 5, 2021
Washington, DC

CCC Sponsored By
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OTOJOY Hearing Loop System
The Reagan Room at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort has been equipped with an OTOJOY hearing loop system. This system enables guests to wirelessly tap into the sound of presentations and meetings with their own hearing aids or cochlear implants with an activated t-coil implant. Please contact your audiologist if you are not sure if your device(s) are compatible. Give the OTOJOY hearing loop system a try during our next meeting and enjoy crystal clear clarity!

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Ambassador Anthony Wayne and Suzi Schomer at June 2018 Luncheon "Why NAFTA and US-Mexico Relations Are Important to You" Photo by Lori Roper