Meetings, Symposia, and Conferences

CFR’s original historic mission, dating to CFR’s founding in 1921, is to provide a nonpartisan forum for informed foreign policy debate. Today that mission is more vigorous than ever. Panel discussions, interviews, lectures, book clubs, and film screenings bring CFR members together with senior government officials, world leaders, academic experts, and prominent thinkers to discuss the major foreign policy issues of our time.

March 29, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

Presidential Elections in France: Results and Consequences

Speakers William Drozdiak

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution; Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates; Author, Fractured Continent: Europe's Crises and the Fate of the West

, Jane Hartley

Former U.S. Ambassador to France and to Monaco

, Dominique Moisi

Senior Counselor, Institut Montaigne


Presider David A. Andelman

Columnist, USA Today and CNN Opinion; Editor Emeritus, World Policy Journal; Former Paris Correspondent, CBS News

March 29, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

CANCELED-- Response to Russia: A Conversation with Chairman Michael McCaul

Speaker Michael McCaul

Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee; U.S. Representative from Texas (R), U.S. House of Representatives

March 29, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Nikki Haley

Speaker Nikki Haley

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, U.S. Mission to the United Nations


Presider Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

March 29, 2017

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March 28, 2017

Roundtable

Is America Losing Its Innovation Edge?

Speakers Ajit Manocha

President and CEO, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International

, John Neuffer

President and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association


Presider Jennifer M. Harris

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

March 28, 2017

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March 23, 2017

Outside Event ⁄ Washington

Capitol Hill Reception 2017

March 23, 2017

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Seminar ⁄ New York

Crisis in Korea: A Global Perspective Exercise with CFR's Military Fellows

Speakers Brian R. Bruckbauer

Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force, Council on Foreign Relations

, Clinton A. Carroll

Military Fellow, U.S. Navy, Council on Foreign Relations

, Gregory D. Case

Military Fellow, U.S. Coast Guard, Council on Foreign Relations

, Thomas J. Gordon

Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps, Council on Foreign Relations

, Richard P. Ullian

Military Fellow, U.S. Army, Council on Foreign Relations

March 23, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ New York

NY Report Launch of CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy in the Arctic

Speakers Christine Todd Whitman

President, Whitman Strategy Group LLC; Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (2001–2003); Former Governor of New Jersey (1994–2001); Task Force Co-Chair

, Esther Brimmer

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NAFSA: Association of International Educators; Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (2009–2013); Task Force Project Director

, Lawson W. Brigham

Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Task Force Member


Presider Kathryn Pilgrim

Distinguished Fellow, EastWest Institute

March 23, 2017

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March 22, 2017

Roundtable ⁄ Atlanta

Atlanta Roundtable: Trump, Putin, and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Speaker Stephen Sestanovich

George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

March 22, 2017

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Roundtable ⁄ New York

Social Media and Foreign Policy

Speakers Ted Bailey

Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder, and Chairman, Dataminr

, Nick Beim

Partner, Venrock


Presider James P. Dougherty

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

March 22, 2017

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Roundtable ⁄ Miami

Miami Roundtable: Trump, Putin, and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Speaker Stephen Sestanovich

George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Carl A. Swanson

Former Vice President and Head of Global Contingency Risk, CNA Financial Corporation

March 22, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

DC Report Launch of CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy in the Arctic

Speakers Thad W. Allen

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.; Former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (2006-2010); Task Force Co-Chair

, Christine Todd Whitman

President, Whitman Strategy Group LLC; Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (2001-2003); Former Governor of New Jersey (1994-2001); Task Force Co-Chair

, Esther Brimmer

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NAFSA: Association of International Educators; Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (2009-2013); Task Force Project Director


Presider Doyle McManus

Washington Columnist, Los Angeles Times

March 22, 2017

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March 16, 2017

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Boko Haram in Nigeria: A Model Diplomacy Simulation

Chair John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

March 16, 2017

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March 15, 2017

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Foreign Affairs March Issue Launch Guest Event: Trump Time

Speakers Jennifer Lind

Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College; Research Associate, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

, Walter Russell Mead

James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College; Distinguished Scholar, Hudson Institute


Presider Gideon Rose

Peter G. Peterson Chair and Editor, Foreign Affairs

March 15, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ New York

CFR NY Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: My Memoirs--Fifty Years of Journalism, From Print to the Internet by Bernard Gwertzman

Speaker Bernard M. Gwertzman

Former Visiting Fellow and Consulting Editor, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Editor, NYTimes.com


Presider Robert McMahon

Managing Editor, Council on Foreign Relations

March 15, 2017

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March 13, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

What to Do About... Series: The Rising Threat of a Nuclear North Korea

Speakers Robert L. Gallucci

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State

, Mary Beth Long

Cofounder and Principal, Global Alliance Advisors, LLC; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (via videoconference)

, Sue Mi Terry

Managing Director, Korea, Bower Group Asia; Former National Intelligence Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, National Intelligence Council


Presider Mitchel B. Wallerstein

President, Baruch College; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterproliferation Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

March 13, 2017

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March 9, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

CFR NY Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: A Great Place to Have a War--America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA by Joshua Kurlantzick

Speaker Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Max Boot

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

March 9, 2017

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March 8, 2017

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Civil-Military Relations in the New Administration

Speakers Janine Davidson

President, Metropolitan State University-Denver; Former Undersecretary, U.S. Navy; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, U.S. Department of Defense (2009-2012); Former Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations 

, Michèle A. Flournoy

Chief Executive Officer, Center for a New American Security; Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense (2009-2012)

, John M. Paxton Jr.

Former Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps (2012-2016)


Presider Thom Shanker

Assistant Washington Editor, New York Times

March 8, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Islam in Europe

Speakers Conrad Hackett

Associate Director, Research and Senior Demographer, Pew Research Center, Author, The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

, Ed Husain

Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy, Center on Religion and Geopolitics; Tony Blair Faith Foundation; Former Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies,

, Jocelyne Cesari

Professor of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham; Senior Research Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University


Presider Nick Schifrin

Special Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

March 8, 2017

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Roundtable ⁄ New York

Innovative Uses of Blockchain

Speakers Brigid McDermott

Vice President, Blockchain Business Development, IBM Corporation

, Mark Weber

Senior Vice President, Healthcare Development, Infor


Presider Christian Kulczytzky

Vice President, Enterprise Systems, S&P Global

March 8, 2017

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March 7, 2017

Meeting ⁄ Chicago

Chicago Meeting: Africa: Democracy and Security

Speakers John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

, Attahiru Jega

Professor, Bayero University Kano; Former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria

, Olufunmilayo Olopade

Walter L. Palmer Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics and Associate Dean for Global Health, University of Chicago


Presider Richard A. Joseph

John Evans Professor of International History and Politics, Northwestern University

March 7, 2017

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