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.

December 1, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Thabo Mbeki, Philosopher-King

Speakers Adekeye Adebajo

Executive Director, Center for Conflict Resolution

, Princeton N. Lyman

Senior Advisor to the President, U.S. Institute of Peace, Princeton Lyman and Associates


Presider John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

December 1, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

November 30, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ Washington

Where are Global Climate Change Agreements Heading?

Speaker Catherine McKenna

Minister, Environment and Climate ChangeCanada


Presider Paula J. Dobriansky

Senior Fellow, “Future of Diplomacy Project,” Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Former Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State

November 30, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

November 29, 2016

Meeting ⁄ New York

Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy with Robert Greifeld

Speaker Robert Greifeld

Chief Executive Officer, Nasdaq


Presider John Micklethwait

Editor in Chief, Bloomberg LP

November 29, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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November 28, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ London

London Roundtable: The Making of Modern Finance: The Legacy of Alan Greenspan

Speaker Sebastian Mallaby

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


Presider Kristin J. Forbes

External Member, Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England; Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Global Economics, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

November 28, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Domestic Security in the Age of ISIS

Speakers Michael Chertoff

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

, Christopher T. Geldart

Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, District of Columbia

, Farah Pandith

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Thom Shanker

Assistant Washington Editor, "New York Times"

November 28, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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November 21, 2016

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Navigating the U.S. Presidential Transition

Speakers Joshua B. Bolten

Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors; Former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush

, William M. Daley

Managing Partner, Argentière Capital; Former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama

, Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty III

Chairman, McLarty Associates; Former White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton


Presider Amy S. Davidson

Staff Writer, New Yorker

November 21, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

Salon Dinner ⁄ New York

Women in Business and Foreign Policy: A Conversation With Jacqueline Novogratz

Speaker Jacqueline Novogratz

Chief Executive Officer, Acumen


Presider Diana L. Taylor

Vice Chair, Solera Capital, LLC

November 21, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

The Brexit Breakup: Negotiating the Separation

Speakers Karen E. Donfried

President, German Marshall Fund of the United States

, Paul Tucker

Chair, Systemic Risk Council; Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Deputy Governor, Bank of England

, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Chairman, Spitzberg Partners; Distinguished Statesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Former Minister of Defense, Federal Republic of Germany


Presider Gillian Tett

U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times

November 21, 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 System; Former Governor, Bank of Israel


Presider Roger C. Altman

Founder and Executive Chairman, Evercore Partners, Inc.

November 21, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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November 18, 2016

Conference Call

Window on Washington: The Future of Trade

Speakers Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

, Myron A. Brilliant

Executive Vice President and Head of International, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Presider Robert McMahon

Managing Editor, CFR Editorial, Council on Foreign Relations

November 18, 2016

This meeting is on the record.

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Roundtable ⁄ Seattle

Seattle Roundtable: CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea

Speaker Adam Mount

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Task Force Project Director


Presider Nelson G. Dong

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

November 18, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

November 17, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ San Francisco

San Francisco Roundtable: CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea

Speaker Adam Mount

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Task Force Project Director


Presider Siegfried S. Hecker

Research Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

November 17, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Salon Dinner ⁄ Washington

Innovation in the U.S. Defense Industry: A Conversation With Raj Shah

Speaker Raj Shah

Managing Partner, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, U.S. Department of Defense


Presider David E. Sanger

National Security Correspondent, The New York Times

November 17, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

The Future of U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

Speakers John B. Bellinger III

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

, F. Gregory Gause III

John H. Lindsey ‘44 Chair and Head of the International Affairs Department, Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University

, Karen Elliott House

Author, On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines–and Future

November 17, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Representative Adam Smith

Speaker Adam Smith

Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee (D-WA)


Presider Claudia Rosett

Foreign Affairs Columnist, Forbes.com

November 17, 2016

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November 16, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ Cambridge

Boston Roundtable: The Making of Modern Finance: The Legacy of Alan Greenspan

Speaker Sebastian Mallaby

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


Presider George R. Hoguet

Chief Executive Officer, Chesham Investments, LLC

November 16, 2016

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Symposium ⁄ Washington

Privacy and Data in the Age of Surveillance

November 16, 2016

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November 15, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

The Rise of the Renminbi

Speaker Prasad, Eswar S.

Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy, Cornell University


Presider Steil, Benn

Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

November 15, 2016

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November 14, 2016

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Effective U.S. Leadership and the Untapped Potential of Medical Innovation

Speakers Amar Bhidé

Thomas Schmidheiny Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

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Presider William A. Haseltine

President, ACCESS Health International

November 14, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable ⁄ New York

Introduction to the Sub-Saharan Security Tracker

Speaker John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

November 14, 2016

This meeting is not for attribution.