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.

February 10, 2016

Conference Call

Window on Washington: The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Speakers Henry Farrell

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

, Kurt A. Wimmer

Partner and U.S. Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, Covington & Burling


Presider David P. Fidler

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity, Council on Foreign Relations

February 10, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

February 9, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

The Future of Argentina: A Conversation with Susana Mabel Malcorra

Speaker Susana Mabel Malcorra

Minister of Foreign Relations and Worship, Argentine Republic

February 9, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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February 8, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Michael Levi

Speaker Michael A. Levi

David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Claire Casey

Managing Director, Garten Rothkopf

February 8, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

February 3, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Financing Terror: How ISIS Pays the Bills

Speakers Daniel L. Glaser

Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, U.S. Department of the Treasury

, Charles Lister

Resident Fellow, Middle East Institute; Author, The Syrian Jihad


Presider Paula Stern

Chairwoman, The Stern Group

February 3, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Daniel B. Allyn

Speaker Daniel B. Allyn

Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army


Presider Max Boot

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

February 3, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

February 2, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Term Member Writing Workshop Part One: How to Write Well and Edit Yourself

Speaker Patricia Lee Dorff

Editorial Director, Council on Foreign Relations

February 2, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

World Economic Update

Speakers Lewis Alexander

Managing Director and U.S. Chief Economist, Nomura Securities International, Inc.

, Gillian Tett

U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times

, Vincent Reinhart

Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute


Presider Sebastian Mallaby

Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

February 2, 2016

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February 1, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Yulia Tymoshenko

Speaker Yulia Tymoshenko

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine (2005, 2007-2010)


Presider Steven Pifer

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

February 1, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

HBO Documentary Screening of "Jim: The James Foley Story"

February 1, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

Meeting ⁄ New York

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics with Stanley Fischer

Speaker Stanley Fischer

Vice Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve


Presider Tom Keene

Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg News

February 1, 2016

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January 29, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Chris Murphy

Speaker Chris Murphy

U.S. Senator (D-CT)


Presider Amy Davidson

Staff Writer, New Yorker

January 29, 2016

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January 28, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Update on the Syria Peace Talks

Speakers James Dobbins

Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation

, Philip H. Gordon

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

, Kimberly Kagan

Founder and President, Institute for the Study of War


Presider Massimo F. T. Calabresi

Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, Time Magazine

January 28, 2016

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January 27, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Expression, Creativity, and Culture in Putin’s Russia

Speakers Ilya Danishevsky

Chief Editor, Vremena Publishing House; Author, Tenderness for the Dead

, Anna Nemzer

Editor, TVRain (Dozhd)

, Maria Stepanova

Founder, Colta.ru; Coauthor, Relocations

, Ludmila Ulitskaya

Author, The Big Green Tent


Presider Kimberly Marten

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

January 27, 2016

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January 25, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Outlook 2016

Speakers Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

, Lawrence H. Summers

Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University; Former Secretary, U.S. Treasury (1999-2001); Former Director, National Economic Council (2009-2010)

January 25, 2016

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January 22, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Foreign Policy and the 2016 Primaries

Speakers Charles E. Cook

Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report

, Samuel H. Feist

Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Vice President, CNN

, James M. Lindsay

Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations

January 22, 2016

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Roundtable ⁄ New York

Rolling Back Financial Sanctions Regimes

Speakers Cyrus Amir-Mokri

General Counsel, Corporate and Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Former Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, U.S. Department of the Treasury (2011–2014)

, John S. Kavulich

President, U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, Inc.; Editor, Economic Eye on Cuba


Presider Giacomo Landi

Executive Vice President and General Manager, DNB Bank ASA

January 22, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

January 21, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Leadership and Lessons That Transcend the Private and Public Sectors

Speaker Mike Hayes

Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates; Former Commanding Officer, SEAL Team TWO

January 21, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

January 20, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security with Robert M. Gates

Speaker Robert M. Gates

Principal, RiceHadleyGates LLC; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense (2006-2011); Former President, Texas A&M University; Former Director of Central Intelligence; Author, A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service


Presider Tom Brokaw

Special Correspondent, NBC News

January 20, 2016

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January 19, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Term Member Meeting: Nuclear Weapons 101

Speaker Joseph Cirincione

President, Ploughshares Fund


Presider Amy J. Nelson

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

January 19, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

Campaign 2016 Series: A Conversation with Jeb Bush

Speaker Jeb Bush

Former Governor, State of Florida; Candidate, 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination 


Presider Fred Hiatt

Editorial Page Editor, Washington Post

January 19, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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