International Relations

Who We Are

The International Relations (IR) committee focuses on critical international issues and how they relate to US foreign policy. We meet monthly on the fourth Thursday at a member’s home at 1:30 pm, excluding December and summer months.

Contact: Judy Whiton

What We Do

Every year we study an emerging international issue and examine the role US foreign policy plays in shaping and responding to it.  We share our findings through fact sheets, discussion group presentations and expert speakers.  From February through March IR hosts Great Decisions, the Foreign Policy Association’s forum for examining the eight most critical US foreign policy issues of the year.  

What You Can Do

Get Active

Use your talents in research, data analysis, writing and speaking to help us choose and develop topics important to the League and critical to an understanding of emerging global issues. Find a speaker or share your expertise with the public by joining the LWVMC Speakers Bureau. Join our Great Decisions team and do a presentation on one of this year’s hot topics.   

What We’re Keeping an Eye On

Immigration from Central America

What factors are driving mass migration from The Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador) to the US?  How do US foreign policy and shifting immigration policies impact this influx?  What are national and local organizations doing to help these immigrants, many of them women and children, once they arrive in our communities?