Frank Church Conference

More than 500 people gathered at Boise State University on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, for the 36th annual Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs.

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BOISE — From China to Russia to the role of the United States on the world stage, more than 500 people gathered at Boise State University on Monday to learn about and discuss the issues at the 36th annual Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs.

“I think we need to have more people engaged in the debates about America’s place in the world,” said Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and currently a professor of political science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Rob Berschinski Frank Church Conference

Rob Berschinski, senior vice president for policy at Human Rights First, a former Air Force intelligence officer and Iraq veteran and former director of security for the White House National Security Council, addresses the Frank Church Conference on public affairs on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at Boise State University.

Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and currently a political science professor at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, visits with reporters at Boise State University on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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