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.

July 28, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Teetering at the Precipice: Brazil and the 2016 Summer Olympics

Speakers Laurie Garrett

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

, Shannon K. O'Neil

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

, Neil Shearing

Chief Emerging Markets Economist, Capital Economics Ltd.


Presider Arthur M. Rubin

Head of Latin American Debt Capital Markets, SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc.

July 28, 2016

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June 30, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Performance and Discussion of “OSLO” at Lincoln Center Theater

Speakers Mona Juul

Ambassador of Norway to the United Kingdom

, Terje Rød-Larsen

President, International Peace Institute

, J.T. Rogers

Playwright, OSLO

, Bartlett Sher

Director, OSLOResident Director, Lincoln Center Theater

June 30, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

June 29, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with John O. Brennan

Speaker John O. Brennan

Director, Central Intelligence Agency 

June 29, 2016

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June 28, 2016

Roundtable

Violent Extremism and Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War and Tactic of Terror

June 28, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

Meeting ⁄ New York

Losing Lives to Save Lives: Targeting Humanitarian Workers in Conflict Zones

Speakers Jason Cone

Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres USA

, Yves Daccord

Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross

, Leonard Rubenstein

Director, Program on Human Rights, Health, and Conflict, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Presider Laurie Garrett

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

June 28, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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Roundtable ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Major General Richard Clarke: What is Next for U.S. Forces in Iraq?

Speaker Richard D. Clarke

Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army

June 28, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

June 27, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Term Member Cocktail Reception and Roundtable Meeting on Global Climate Change and Global Health

Speakers Mandë N. Holford

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Hunter College and CUNY- Graduate Center; Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History

, Jay Lemery

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief, Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Co-Editor, Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice

June 27, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

June 23, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

An Assessment of the Iran Agreement One Year Later: A Conversation with Senator Chris Coons

Speaker Christopher Coons

U.S. Senator (D-DE); Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


Presider David Ignatius

Columnist and Associate Editor, Washington Post

June 23, 2016

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June 22, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Reception Honoring Fifth Year Term Members and Lessons Learned with Jessica Mathews

Speaker Jessica T. Mathews

Distinguished Fellow and Former President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

June 22, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

Emerging Technology Series: Biotechnology--The Potential and Perils of Innovation

Speakers Drew Endy

Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University (via videoconference)

, Laurie Garrett

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

, Julie Gerberding

Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy, and Population Health, Merck & Co., Inc.

June 22, 2016

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June 21, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: Responding to the Migrant Crisis in the Middle East

Speakers David Miliband

President and Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee; Former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom (2007-2010) 

, Peter Wittig

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States


Presider Lisa Anderson

Former President, American University in Cairo

June 21, 2016

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Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Disruptive Technology in the Century of Cities

Speakers Michael Allegretti

Director of Public Policy, Rubicon Global

, Matthew Devlin

International Relations, Uber Technologies


Presider Robert E. Litan

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

June 21, 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.

, Emma Dinsmore

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, r-squared macro

, James Grant

Owner and Editor, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer


Presider Sebastian Mallaby

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

June 21, 2016

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June 20, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

NY CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: State Capitalism--How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World

June 20, 2016

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Meeting ⁄ New York

CANCELED: U.S. Strategic Challenges in a Post–Obama World: A Conversation with Senator Tom Cotton

Speaker Tom Cotton

U.S. Senator (R-AR)


Presider Ayman Mohyeldin

Anchor, MSNBC; Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

June 20, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Jason Furman

Speaker Jason Furman

Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers


Presider David M. Rubenstein

Cofounder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Carlyle Group; Vice Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations

June 20, 2016

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Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Michael Froman: TPP and American Leadership in the Asia-Pacific

Speakers Michael Froman

United States Trade Representative

, Merit E. Janow

Dean, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

June 20, 2016

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Sunday, June 19, 2016—December 31, 1969

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

The Economics of Antimicrobial Resistance

Speaker Jim O'Neill

Chair, Review on Antimicrobial Resistance


Presider Thomas J. Bollyky

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations

June 19, 2016

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June 16, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Corporate Program Young Professionals Briefing: National Security and the Law

Speakers John B. Bellinger III

Adjunct Senior Fellow for International and National Security Law, Council on Foreign Relations;
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

, Adam Klein

International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Zach Sherman

Foreign Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Lockheed Martin Corporation

June 16, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Term Member Roundtable on Strategic Philanthropy Worldwide: Promise and Progress

Speakers Neera Nundy

Co-Founder, Dasra

, Alicia Phillips Mandaville

Vice President, Global Development, InterAction


Presider Benjamin Orbach

Founder and Director, America's Unofficial Ambassadors, Creative Learning, Inc.

June 16, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.