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Society Committees

The Society for Foreign Affairs is a volunteer-run organization and invites members to volunteer for committee service. Please contact the Executive Director or committee chair for more information.

The Society currently has ten committees for:


Audit Committee


The Audit Committee provides oversight for the Society’s annual independent audit of financial records. The committee recommends auditors for approval by the Executive Council; reviews the audited financial statements, management letter, and management’s response; and reviews the circulation of financial statements among the Society’s members.

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Ethics Committee


The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Ethics oversees the Ethics Project, an ongoing effort to develop guidance for members and the public on professional responsibility in foreign affairs and international trade.

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Honors Committee


The Honors Committee solicits nominations for awards and honorary memberships, and makes recommendations to the Executive Council.

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Journal of Foreign Affairs Steering Committee


The Journal Steering Committee is responsible for organizing the Society’s new peer-reviewed policy journal. The committee develops editorial standards and practices, refining the journal’s content format and publishing model, and will act as the journal’s editorial board during its initial run.

Chair: Julian Waller

For more information, see our recent news about the Journal of Foreign Affairs or our preview of the upcoming Journal.

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Local Coordinating Committees


Local committees work alongside the Society’s sections to organize events for members and the general public. Covered regions are:

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Membership Committee


The Membership Committee oversees the admission of new members. The committee assists the Membership Director with communications to interested parties, and may recommend additional classes of membership to the Executive Council for approval.

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Scholarship Committee


The Scholarship Committee oversees the management of the Society’s scholarship and grant endowments. The committee identifies undergraduate and graduate recipients of the annual Emerging Research Award and recommends new grant and scholarship programs to the Executive Council for approval.

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Symposium Committee


The Symposium Committee manages the Society’s annual meeting and symposium. The committee communicates event information to members, reviews and approves event program proposals, recommends a keynote speaker to the Executive Council for approval, and makes logistical arrangements for the meeting.

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