The Foreign Policy Leadership Council of Greater Cincinnati (FPLC) was formed in 2002 by persons interested in international matters. The FPLC has held over 150 meetings since then with notable speakers from around the world, including ambassadors, members of the House and Senate, government officials, academics, retired military and foreign service personnel and noted authors. Past guests in the FPLC’s off-the-record small-group format include Madeleine Albright, Richard Clarke, Wendy Sherman and Rand Beers. FPLC is non-partisan.
The mission of FPLC is to bring foreign policy to the grass-roots, so that an informed citizenry can enrich understanding of global matters. It combines discussion with roundtable meals, to encourage networking of a diverse audience. Topics are broad-ranging, covering the Middle East, the Baltics, trade, drones, biomedical engineering, climate change, military and security matters, cybersecurity, China, India and many other subjects. Meetings occur often at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, but sometimes at a mosque, rabbinical college, church, restaurant or schoolhouse.