A History Rooted in the Community
For over 75 years, the Denver Council on Foreign Relations has conducted candid, informed discussions among a cross-section in the Front Range community - including business, law, military, diplomatic, medical, university and other professionals – and the national and international policy communities in order to heighten public awareness and build understanding of contemporary and emerging international issues.  Hosting an array of guest speakers for dinners, and special breakfasts, as well as sponsoring a range of educational programs and opportunities, DCFR seeks a better informed Colorado regarding the global issues that impact us all.  Founded in 1938 as a committee of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Denver Council on Foreign Relations (DCFR) is incorporated as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 

2017 Leadership in
Global Engagement Award 
On May 10th, DCFR concluded its exciting year by hosting the 2017 Leadership in Global Engagement Award celebration. This annual event was the organization’s fourth gala in which it awarded an outstanding patron of the Rocky Mountain Region for their historic contributions to the international community. 

    Professor Ved Nanda is not only a pillar of the local Denver community, but one whose extensive contributions to the national and international law communities have earned him this year’s Award.
   Born in India, Professor Nanda earned his B.A., M.A., from Punjab University, India, 1952.  He continued his education, earning his LL.B. in 1955 and his LL.M. in 1958 from Delhi University, India.  By 1962, he had earned his LL.M. from Northwestern University, Graduate Fellow, Yale University.  Having been introduced to International Law at Yale—one of the first U.S. schools in this discipline—he moved to Denver in 1965 to teach at the University of Denver Sturm School of Law where he introduced the International Human Rights & Law course—the second in the nation.  By 1972, he had created the school’s International Legal Studies Program and the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.  
     Currently, Professor Nanda is the Director of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  He was awarded the University of Denver’s John Evans Distinguished University Professor in addition to the Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
  Professor Nanda actively participates on the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of several national and international scholarly societies and nongovernmental organizations.  
   His awards include the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building from Soka Gakkai International and Morehouse College (2004), the World Jurist Association’s Highest Order of Justice “World Legal Scholar Award” in Beijing, China (1990), and the United Nations Association Human Rights Award (1997). He has received honorary doctorates from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan and from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India.
      Widely published, Professor Nanda has authored or co-authored 25 books and more than 200 major law review articles and chapter in the various fields of international law.  He is a frequent guest on television and radio, and writes regularly on international issues for The Denver Post.


Chairman of the Board: Sidney Brooks

President: Mason Smith

Vice Chair of the Board:  Polly Cox

Vice President: Boyd Hight

Treasurer: E. Thomas Rowe

Secretary / Executive Director: 
                     Julia Patterson
Committee Chairs

Programs:  Mason Smith &                                             Lewis Griffith

Membership:  Bruce Campbell & 
Boyd Hight

Honorary Chair:
  Daniel Ritchie

 Board Members:
  Bart Alexander
  Bill Bass
  George Beatty
  Bruce Campbell
  Anastacia Dadashpour
  Bruce Finley
  Lewis Griffith
  Karen Howland
  Briston Jones
  Robert Lantz
  Ved Nanda
  Eliza Shalamova
  Joseph Szyliowicz

Emeritus Board

  Paul Viotti
  Richard Wohlgenant

DCFR Board Meetings:

August 14, 2017
October 10, 2017
December 11, 2017
February 12, 2018
April 9, 2018
June 11, 2018 Annual Board Meeting

Board meetings are open to all DCFR members.  Please notify us if you would like to attend.  Contact us.

Minutes of the meetings are available upon request.

DCFR's 75th Anniversary

On May 13, 2014 DCFR, joined by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, celebrated its 75th Anniversary.  Part of that program was our historical overview presentation.  For those who would like to see it or see it again, it is below.  Thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this point through their support and participation and we look forward to bring Denver and the Front Range the best global, international, and national engagement for another 75 years.

DCFR Newsletter/Report Archive

Vols. 5 - 8


The DCFR Report: Volume 8, March 2016

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The DCFR Report: Volume 7, January 2016

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The DCFR Report: Volume 6, October 2015

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Vols. 1 - 4


The DCFR Report: Volume 4, March 2015

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The DCFR Report: Volume 3, August 2014

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The DCFR Report: Volume 2, May 2014

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The DCFR Report: Volume 1, February 2014

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