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 22, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

PBS Preview Screening: Africa’s Great Civilizations

Speakers Kofi Appenteng

President and Chief Executive Officer, Africa-America Institute

, Helene D. Gayle

Chief Executive Officer, McKinsey Social Initiative; Former Chief Executive Officer, CARE

, James Manyika

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.; Director, McKinsey Global Institute; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

, Misan Sagay

Screenwriter, Belle, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Guerrilla


Presider Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Journalist, PBS NewsHour


Introductory Remarks Richard N. Haass

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

, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and Director, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University; Executive Producer, Africa’s Great Civilizations

February 22, 2017

This meeting is on the record.

Roundtable ⁄ San Francisco

San Francisco Roundtable: The Future of U.S. Innovation

Speaker Vivek Wadhwa

Distinguished Fellow, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


Presider Thompson Paine

Vice President of Operations and Business Development, Quizlet

February 22, 2017

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

President's Inbox Series: Fixing America's Infrastructure

Speakers Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Chief Executive Officer, International Capital Strategies

, Robert Dove

Senior Advisor, Carlyle Group; Former Head, Carlyle Infrastructure Fund

, Tyler D. Duvall

Partner, McKinsey & Company; Former Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation


Presider Byron Auguste

President and Cofounder, Opportunity@Work; Former Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council; Former Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

February 22, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

NATO, the EU, and the Future of European Security

Speakers Pavlo Klimkin

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine

, Linas Linkevičius

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania


Presider David A. Andelman

Columnist, USA Today and CNN Opinion; Editor Emeritus, World Policy Journal

February 21, 2017

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

Power Profile: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Speakers Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

, Ömer Taşpinar

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution

, Ross Wilson

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey


Presider Leila Fadel

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

February 21, 2017

This meeting is not for attribution.

February 16, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

The Challenges of U.S. Special Operations Command: A Conversation with General Thomas

Speaker Raymond A. Thomas III

Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; General, U.S. Army


Presider James Shinn

Lecturer, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University; Chief Executive Officer, Predata; Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

February 16, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ Dallas

Dallas Meeting: A World in Disarray

Speaker Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Robert W. Jordan

Diplomat in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University

February 16, 2017

This meeting is on the record.

February 15, 2017

Roundtable ⁄ Stanford

Stanford Roundtable: Mass Surveillance and Protecting Civil Liberties

Speaker Jennifer Granick

Director of Civil Liberties, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford University


Presider Leisel Bogan

Head of Strategy for Global Information Security, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

February 15, 2017

This meeting is not for attribution.

February 14, 2017

Roundtable

Foreign Cyber Threats

Speakers Michael B. Steinbach

Executive Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

, William EvaninaDirector, National Counterintelligence and Security Center
Presider Jennifer M. Harris

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

February 14, 2017

This meeting is not for attribution.

February 13, 2017

Meeting ⁄ Washington

President's Inbox: U.S.-China Relations--What's Next for Taiwan, Trade, and Regional Competition

Speakers Elizabeth C. Economy

C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

, Matthew P. Goodman

William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, Center for Strategic and International Studies

, Evan S. Medeiros

Managing Director and Practice Head, Asia, Eurasia Group


Presider Evan L.R. Osnos

Staff Writer, New Yorker

February 13, 2017

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February 10, 2017

Conference Call ⁄ New York

2017 Economic Outlook

Speakers Marco Annunziata

Chief Economist and Executive Director of Global Market Insight, General Electric Company

, Anne Van Praagh

Managing Director, Global Strategy and Research, Moody's Corporation


Presider Peter Coy

Economics Editor, Bloomberg

February 10, 2017

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February 9, 2017

Roundtable ⁄ San Francisco

San Francisco Roundtable: Lessons Learned From the Life of Alan Greenspan

Speaker Sebastian Mallaby

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


Presider John C. Williams

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

February 9, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ New York

CANCELED: 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

February 9, 2017

This meeting is on the record.

February 8, 2017

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Risks and Threats in Markets, Policy, and Society

Speakers Chris Hughes

Co-Chair, Economy Security Project; Cofounder, Facebook

, Jack Balkin

Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School

, Hemant Taneja

Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners


Presider David Kirkpatrick

Founder and CEO, Techonomy Media

February 8, 2017

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February 3, 2017

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Countering Religious Extremism: A Conversation with Michael B. Curry

Speaker Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate, Episcopal Church


Presider Tom GjeltenReligion and Belief Correspondent, National Public Radio
February 3, 2017

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February 2, 2017

Meeting ⁄ Atlanta

Atlanta Meeting: The Federal Reserve and Lessons Learned From the Life of Alan Greenspan

Speaker Sebastian Mallaby

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


Presider Dennis P. Lockhart

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

February 2, 2017

This meeting is on the record.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

CFR DC Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: The Way of the Strangers--Encounters with the Islamic State by Graeme Wood

Speaker Graeme Wood

National Correspondent, Atlantic; Former Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider James M. Lindsay

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

February 2, 2017

This meeting is on the record.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

World Economic Update

Speakers Caroline Atkinson

Head of Global Policy, Google

, Douglas Rediker

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution; Chairman, International Capital Strategies 

, Vincent Reinhart

Chief Economist, Standish Mellon Asset Management; Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute


Presider Sebastian Mallaby

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

February 2, 2017

This meeting is on the record.

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February 1, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

Lessons From History Series: Iraq Reconsidered—Ten Years After the Surge

Speakers Christopher A. Kojm

Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; former Chairman, National Intelligence Council; former Senior Advisor, Iraq Study Group

, Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; former Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, White House

, Raymond T. Odierno

Senior Adviser, JP Morgan Chase, National Football League, and Virtu Financial; former U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former Commanding General, United States Forces–Iraq and Multi-National Force–Iraq, U.S. Army


Presider Kim Barker

Reporter, New York Times; Author, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan; former Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

February 1, 2017

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January 31, 2017

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Expanding the Pie: Increasing Financial Inclusion

Speakers Sandra Lawson

Managing Director and Director of the Global Markets Institute, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

, Shamina Singh

President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard


Presider Kate Thompson

Principal, Strategy, Deloitte.

January 31, 2017

This meeting is not for attribution.