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.

May 26, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

NY CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: The Pragmatic Superpower--Winning the Cold War in the Middle East

Speakers Steven Simon

Visiting Fellow, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College; Former Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

, Ray Takeyh

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

May 26, 2016

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Leading the Race or Falling Behind: A Global Look at U.S. Economic Competitiveness 

Speakers John Engler

President, Business Roundtable; Former Governor of Michigan (1991-2003, R-MI)

, Steven L. Rattner

Chairman, Willett Advisors, LLC

, Jay C. Shambaugh

Member, Council of Economic Advisers, The White House


Presider Mira Patel

Senior Advisor, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development

May 26, 2016

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May 25, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

NY CFR Fellows’ Book Launch Series Guest Event: War by Other Means--Geoeconomics and Statecraft

Speakers Robert D. Blackwill

Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations 

, Jennifer M. Harris

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

May 25, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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May 23, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Dennis Richardson

Speaker Dennis Richardson

AO, Secretary, Department of Defense, Commonwealth of Australia


Presider Matt Pottinger

Senior Associate, Davidson Kempner Capital Management

May 23, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

C. Peter McColough Series with John C. Williams

Speaker John C. Williams

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Presider Richard H. Clarida

C. Lowell Harriss Professor of Economics and Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

May 23, 2016

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May 19, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

DC Fellow's Book Launch Series: War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft

Speakers Robert D. Blackwill

Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

, Jennifer M. Harris

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider James M. Lindsay

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

May 19, 2016

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Roundtable ⁄ New York

The Role of the Private Sector in Curbing Rising Healthcare Costs

Speakers Paul Grundy

Director, Healthcare Transformation, IBM Corporation;
President, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC)

, Derek Yach

Chief Health Officer, The Vitality Group

May 19, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

May 18, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Term Member Dinner on Global Trends in Intelligence

Speaker Suzanne Fry

Director, Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council


Presider Ella-May Seth

National Intelligence Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

May 18, 2016

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May 17, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Crisis in Global Governance: A Conversation with Richard N. Haass and the Council of Councils

Speakers Michael Fullilove

Executive Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy (Australia)

, Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

, Sook Jong Lee

President, East Asia Institute (South Korea)

, Amos Yadlin

Director, Institute for National Security Studies (Israel) 


Presider Marcus Mabry

Managing Editor, TwitterMoments

May 17, 2016

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May 12, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Doing Business in Iran

Speakers Patrick Clawson

Morningstar Senior Fellow and Director of Research, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

, Richard Nephew

Program Director, Economic Statecraft, Sanctions, and Energy Markets, Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University; Former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, U.S. Department of State


Presider Judith A. Lee

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP 

May 12, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

Opportunities for the Future of U.S.-China Relations

Speaker Chee Hwa Tung

Vice Chairman, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; Chairman, China-United States Exchange Foundation; Former Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Additional Speaker to be Announced.


Presider Adi Ignatius

Editor in Chief, Harvard Business Review

May 12, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

May 11, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Privacy and Security in the Digital Age

Speakers Michael Chertoff

Executive Chairman and Cofounder, Chertoff Group; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

, Adam Segal

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director, Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York District County


Presider L. Gordon Crovitz

Partner, NextNews Ventures; "Information Age" Columnist, Wall Street Journal

May 11, 2016

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May 9, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Screening of "Zero Days"

Speakers Alex Gibney

Director, Zero Days

, David E. Sanger

National Security Correspondent, New York Times

, Adam Segal

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Nick Beim

Partner, Venrock

May 9, 2016

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May 6, 2016

Conference ⁄ New York

International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) Conference

May 6, 2016

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May 5, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ Atlanta

Atlanta Roundtable: How to Defeat ISIS

Speaker Farah Pandith

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Eve Bower

Journalist, CNN

May 5, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable ⁄ Beverly Hills

Los Angeles Roundtable: Trade and the 2016 Campaign: What Went Wrong?

Speaker Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Carol Wise

Associate Professor, School of International Relations, University of Southern California

May 5, 2016

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Meeting ⁄ New York

The Future of the Arab World: Youth Perceptions Looking Forward

Speakers Donald A. Baer

Worldwide Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Burson-Marsteller

, Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
(via videoconference from Washington, DC)


Presider Deborah Amos

International Correspondent, National Public Radio

May 5, 2016

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado

Speaker Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado

Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama

May 5, 2016

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May 4, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ San Diego

San Diego Roundtable: Trade and the 2016 Campaign: What Went Wrong?

Speakers Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

, Terra Lawson-Remer

Founder and Managing Director, Cimarron

May 4, 2016

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May 3, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy and Leadership with the U.S. Service Chiefs

Speakers General Mark A. Welsh III

Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force

, General Mark A. Milley

Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

, Admiral John M. Richardson

Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

, General Robert B. Neller

Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft

Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard


Presider David E. Sanger

National Security Correspondent, New York Times

May 3, 2016

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