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.

April 28, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

A Survey of the Strategic Landscape: From Syria to the South China Sea

Presider Richard A. Falkenrath

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security


Speaker Marcel J. Lettre

Under Secretary for Intelligence, U.S. Department of Defense

April 28, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Brazil in Crisis

Speakers Monica de Bolle

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Adjunct Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

, Kellie Meiman Hock

Managing Partner, McLarty Associates; Former Director for Brazil and the Southern Cone, Office of the United States Trade Representative

, Matthew M. Taylor

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University


Presider Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue

April 28, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

April 27, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

CFR Congressional Reception

April 27, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

What to Do About Turkey

Speakers Steven A. Cook

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

, Melissa G. Dalton

Fellow and Chief of Staff, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Former Senior Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

, James F. Jeffrey

Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey


Presider Thomas R. Pickering

Vice Chairman, Hills & Company; Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

April 27, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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April 26, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Russia: What to Expect From Putin

Speakers Agnia Grigas

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Senior Fellow, McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Occidental College; Author, Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire

, Stephen Sestanovich

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

, Julianne Smith

Senior Fellow and Director, Strategy and Statecraft Program, Center for a New American Security


Presider Nadia Diuk

Vice President, Programs, National Endowment for Democracy

April 26, 2016

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April 25, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

C. Peter McColough Series with Yanis Varoufakis

Speakers Yanis Varoufakis

Professor of Economic Theory, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Athens; Former Minister of Finance, Hellenic Republic

, Paul Sheard

Chief Economist, Standard & Poor's

April 25, 2016

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April 22, 2016

Conference Call

Conference Call: Beyond the Paris Climate Agreement--Implementation and Next Steps

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 Robert McMahon

Managing Editor, CFR Editorial, Council on Foreign Relations

April 22, 2016

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Women in the Armed Forces: The Future of the Military

Speakers Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

, Agnes Gereben Schaefer

Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

, Juliet Beyler

Principal Director, Force Resiliency, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness, Department of Defense 


Presider Kimberly Dozier

Contributing Writer, Daily Beast

April 22, 2016

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April 21, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Term Member Roundtable on Global Entrepreneurship

Speakers Elmira Bayrasli

Author, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places; Cofounder, Foreign Policy Interrupted

, Christopher M. Schroeder

Author, Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East; Former Chief Executive Officer, HealthCentral


Presider Katherine Boas

Executive Vice President, Carl Marks & Co.

April 21, 2016

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April 20, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

David Rockefeller Lecture: The Future of Namibia--A Conversation with Hage Geingob

Speaker Hage Geingob

President, Republic of Namibia


Presider Michelle D. Gavin

Managing Director, Africa Center; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana; Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council

April 20, 2016

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Conference Call

Conference Call: Brazil Update

Speaker Shannon K. O'Neil

Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Michael T. Derham

Partner, Novam Portam

April 20, 2016

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April 19, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Special Briefing on Systemically Important Financial Institutions

Speaker Amias Gerety

Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, U.S. Department of the Treasury


Presider Eric J. Kadel Jr.

Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

April 19, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

China: Impact of the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan

Speakers Gao Xiqing

Cheng Yu-tung Chair Professor, School of Law, Tsinghua University; Former President and Chief Investment Officer, China Investment Corporation

, Karen Harris

Managing Director, Macro Trends Group, Bain & Company

, Brad W. Setser

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Tim W. Ferguson

Editor, Forbes Asia

April 19, 2016

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April 18, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

CANCELED: DC Book Launch: State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World 

Speaker Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider James M. Lindsay

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

April 18, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

Meeting ⁄ New York

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics with Luis Videgaray Caso

Speakers Luis Videgaray Caso

Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico

, Robert E. Rubin

Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

April 18, 2016

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April 15, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

World Economic Update

Speakers Nouriel Roubini

Professor of Economics and International Business, Stern School of Business, New York University

, John P. Lipsky

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Former Acting Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

, Willem H. Buiter

Global Chief Economist, Citigroup, Inc.


Presider Sebastian Mallaby

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

April 15, 2016

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics: A Conversation with Valiollah Seif

Speakers Valiollah Seif

Governor, Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran

, Claudia Rosett

Foreign Affairs Columnist, Forbes.com

April 15, 2016

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April 14, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics with Haruhiko Kuroda

Speaker Haruhiko Kuroda

Governor, Bank of Japan


Presider Timothy F. Geithner

President, Warburg Pincus LLC; Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

April 14, 2016

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April 11, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

The Case for U.S. Economic Leadership: A Conversation with Jacob J. Lew

Speaker Jacob J. Lew

Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury


Presider Sebastian Mallaby

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

April 11, 2016

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April 8, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Ash Carter

Speaker Ash Carter

Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense


Presider Mary McInnis Boies

Counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

April 8, 2016

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