Meetings and Speakers


Speakers: Diverse, timely, expert perspectives

We participate in the ACFR National Speakers Program which provides prominent speakers at the ready edge of responsibility and expertise regarding timely foreign policy issues & events. We have hosted sitting Ambassadors, former Ambassadors, State Department officials, Officers of the military, policy experts & more from foreign relations organizations and consultancies in the nation.

We also feature Iowa based speakers with special expertise and experiences in foreign relations from our congressional representatives, universities, and major news outlets.

At the Committee on Foreign Relations, our monthly meetings are dedicated to advancing discourse of relevant U.S. foreign relations issues and events while supporting our non-partisan, non-profit position.  We provide a high quality personal experience with a unique intimate forum for dialogue and discussion. We support diverse, timely, well-informed perspectives that contribute to understanding concerning foreign relations.

Upcoming Speakers:

Tuesday, November 29th 2022 at 6pm at Wakonda Club – Erich Franklund

The Continuing Effects of Brexit

The United Kingdom became the first and only country to withdraw from the European Union on January 31, 2020. Two years on, what has the net effect of Brexit been on the country’s citizens and economy? Is Britain’s recent political turmoil a symptom of deeper ills? Professor Franklund will join us to answer these questions and many more! 

Erich Frankland is an award-winning faculty member of the Department of Political, Historical, and Legal Studies at Casper College in Wyoming, where he regularly teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, American and Wyoming politics, European politics, non-Western politics, and others. He is also an adjunct faculty member with the University of Wyoming, where he teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics, and environmental politics. Frankland’s research on European politics, foreign policy, nationalism, political violence, international security, democratization, and other issues has been widely published in a range of professional texts and journals including European Security, Military Review, Publius, and Small Wars and Insurgencies. His most recent publication is the tenth edition of Global Studies: Europe. He is a frequent commentator to the media (including ABC, CBS, NPR, New York Times, and others) on topics including from domestic politics, U.S. foreign policy, European politics, international security, and more. 

Frankland is the longtime Director of the Casper Committee on Foreign Relations and the new President of the American Committees on Foreign Relations based in Washington, D.C. He completed his graduate work in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma and his undergraduate work in Politics and History at Earlham College (Indiana) and Westminster College, Oxford University (England).

Past Speakers:

Meetings: High Quality Personal Experience

For the 2022 – 2023 season our meetings will be held at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. We meet each month from September through May of the following year. Please email for more information.

Because we limit the size of the membership and the size of the venue, we provide a unique intimate format for our members…giving the opportunity to meet the speaker, engage in discussion, and gain additional knowledge and information.

Agenda & Venue

Our meetings are currently being held at Glen Oaks Country Club, 1401 Glen Oaks Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266.

The typical agenda includes:

6:00PM – Reception and Happy Hour with the speaker
6:30PM – Speaker’s presentation and Q&A
7:30PM Wrap up and closing comments