COFFE’s NEXT LUNCHEON
Monday, March 26, 2018, 11:30 AM
THE ROLE OF THE U. S. IN NATO
Luke Coffey oversees research on nations stretching from South America to the Middle East as director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to becoming Director of the Allison Center, Luke served as Margaret Thatcher Fellow in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, where he focused on trans-Atlantic and Eurasian security issues.
Before joining Heritage, Luke served in the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence as senior special advisor to then Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox. He was the first ever non-UK national to be appointed by the Prime Minister into this role. Prior to this, he worked in the House of Commons as an advisor on defense and security issues for the Conservative Party.
Luncheons are held at the Holiday Inn, Westpark, in Rosslyn, VA. The luncheon begins at 11:30 with a social period followed by lunch, the presentation, and a question and answer session and ends by 1:30 PM. The cost of the luncheon is $25 for COFFE members and $30 for non-members.
We urge non-members who attend luncheons to help support COFFE by joining. The annual dues are $30 – tax deductible. The recent increase in the luncheon price is intended as an incentive to increase our membership to make COFFE a more forceful voice in the growing movement to protect civil servants.
We wish to thank our partner organizations, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), the Senior Executive Association (SEA), National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (NCAC) for helping to spread the word about COFFE”s luncheons.
COFFE’S LAST LUNCHEON
Q&A SESSION WITH MARTIN BARON, WASHINGTON POST EDITOR
February’s speaker Martin Baron, Editor of the Washington Post, addressed questions submitted prior to the luncheon plus additional questions from those in attendance. The questions covered a variety of issues including “fake news”. Mr. Baron stressed the key role the Press plays in our democracy, especially in the current political environment.
A full review of Mr. Baron’s presentation is included in the COFFE News which is distributed to COFFE members. Join COFFE and stay informed even on those occasions when you cannot attend the monthly luncheon.
PROMOTING QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICE
In collaboration with the Arlington Public School System and to promote interest in public service, COFFE has initiated a program where one teacher each month is able to attend our luncheon, as our guest. Both teachers and students benefit from this collaboration.
2017 COFFE SCHOLARSHIP
Scott Vehstedt, a Ph.D. Candidate, ABD American History at American University received the 2017 COFFE Scholarship. In Scott submission, he stated, “After the completion of my Ph.D., I hope to go to work for a think tank or research organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the American people. With public trust in our institutions dangerously low, it will be incumbent upon future generations to restore our collective faith in our systems. I am most especially interested in educating youths on the importance of civic responsibility and helping them discern the difference between facts, opinions, and outright falsehoods… We must ensure that the next generation of Americans is armed with the tools of critical analysis that will allow them to discern truth from falsehood in a world in which information is everywhere, freely available and so frequently false.”
Founded in 1988, COFFE’s objectives are to support public service and to enable current and former federal and local government executives and all other members of the public who are interested, to keep abreast of major government policy and operations issues. COFFE is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. COFFE and Associates welcome all who are interested in promoting public service and learning about major policy issues to attend our luncheons and to become a member. Read More…