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Learn more about the IAF and the benefits of membership.

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Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary with a series of special events. More »

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About the International Affairs Forum

The International Affairs Forum was founded 20 years ago to educate and engage our community on global issues. Today, more than ever, it is essential that our community be prepared for success in a global society and economy. We are not alone in this emphasis: NMC’s Global Opportunities Fund and outreach initiatives, TCAPS' international education programs, the many businesses located here with a global reach, and our longtime supporters are our natural partners in the effort to help this region engage successfully in the world.

We are excited to use this anniversary year to strengthen these partnerships through the launching of new initiatives aimed at students, businesses, and civic leaders, all who have the potential to lead local-global engagement.

We have an exciting lineup for our Lecture Series. IAF’s Anniversary year will kick off in September with a lecture on America’s most important relationship of the last century — Russia — followed by a lecture in October on Iran. See our Lecture Series pages for more information on coming events.

The year will culminate with a special 20th Anniversary Conference (June 5-6, 2014) devoted to what will be America’s most important relationship of this century — China.

The conference, “China: Competitor or Partner?”, will go beyond our usual focus on political issues to explore business, cultural, educational, and social aspects of our region's engagement with the world's fastest growing economy.

This event has the support of NMC, the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City Area Public Schools, The Economic Club of Traverse City, and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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