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.

March 31, 2015

National Program Meeting ⁄ Chicago

Chicago Roundtable: Mobilizing Interfaith Action for Social Change

Speaker:

Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core 

Moderator:

Dennis H. Holtschneider, President, DePaul University
March 31, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ Washington

What To Do About ISIS

Speakers:

Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Audrey Kurth Cronin, Distinguished Service Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University; Author, “ISIS Is Not a Terrorist Group,” Foreign Affairs, Janine Davidson, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, U.S. Department of Defense (2009-2012)
March 31, 2015 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:45 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

Conference Call

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church

Speaker:

Thomas J. Reese, Senior Analyst, National Catholic Reporter

Moderator:

Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program and Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
March 31, 2015 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This meeting is on the record.

March 30, 2015

National Program Meeting ⁄ Atlanta

Atlanta Roundtable: The Social and Economic Impact of the Internet

Speaker:

Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, Inc.

Moderator:

Sanjay Parekh
March 30, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall

Speaker:

Sarah Sewall, Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Jared Genser, Managing Director, Perseus Strategies, LLC
March 30, 2015 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Dinner Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

March 27, 2015

General Meeting ⁄ Washington

After Ebola: Combatting the Economic Consequences

Speaker:

David Evans, Senior Economist, Chief Economist’s Office for the Africa Region, The World Bank

Presider:

J. Reed Kramer, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, AllAfrica Global Media
March 27, 2015 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

Thursday, March 26—March 27, 2015

National Program Meeting ⁄ San Francisco

National Program Trip to the San Francisco Bay Area

March 26, 2015 - March 27, 2015

This meeting is not for attribution.

March 26, 2015

National Program Meeting ⁄ Menlo Park

Menlo Park Roundtable: A Conversation With Michael A. McFaul

Speaker:

Michael A. McFaul, Professor of Political Science, Director, and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, Stanford University

Moderator:

Mary Elise Sarotte, Professor of International Relations and History, University of Southern California
March 26, 2015 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Ashraf Ghani

Speaker:

Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan 

Presider:

Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chairman, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations;
Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
March 26, 2015 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Coffee Reception and Entry to Peterson Hall
12:00-1:00 p.m. - Meeting
1:00-1:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception

This meeting is on the record.

Conference Call

U.S.-Israel Relations

Speaker:

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Moderator:

Maria Casa, Director, National Program and Outreach Administration, Council on Foreign Relations
March 26, 2015 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This meeting is on the record.

March 25, 2015

Academic Conference Call

International Efforts to Combat Climate Change

Speaker:

Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director, Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, CFR

Moderator:

Maria Casa, Director, National Program and Outreach Administration, Council on Foreign Relations
March 25, 2015 12:00-1:00 p.m. - (ET)

This meeting is on the record.

National Program Meeting ⁄ Atlanta

CANCELLED: Atlanta Roundtable with CFR President Richard N. Haass

Speaker:

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

Moderator:

Daniel J. Kaufman, President and CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
March 25, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

National Program Meeting ⁄ San Francisco

San Francisco Roundtable: A Conversation With George P. Shultz

Speaker:

George P. Shultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Moderator:

Nancy A. Jarvis, Attorney, Farrand Cooper, P.C.                
March 25, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

March 24, 2015

General Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

Speaker:

Deborah Lee James, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Air Force

Presider:

Thomas G. Mahnken, Professor and Director of Advanced Strategy, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
March 24, 2015 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

March 23, 2015

Guest Event ⁄ New York

Renewing America Series: Reimagining National Service

Speakers:

Elisa Villanueva Beard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Teach For America, Jonathan Koppell, Dean, College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University, Stan A. McChrystal, General (Retired), U.S. Army; Cofounder and Partner, McChrystal Group; Chair, Franklin Project, Aspen Institute, Tonia R. Wellons, Associate Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Peace Corps

Presider:

Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations
March 23, 2015 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00-7:15 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

National Program Meeting ⁄ Boston

Boston Roundtable: The Terrorism Puzzle: When and Why Groups Attack Civilians

Speaker:

Max Abrahms, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Northeastern University
March 23, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation With Lindsey Graham

Speaker:

Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina (R)

Presider:

Amy Davidson, Staff Writer, New Yorker
March 23, 2015 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

National Program Teleconference ⁄ Virtual

National Teleconference: A Conversation With Lindsey Graham

Speaker:

Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator (R-SC)
March 23, 2015 1:00-2:00 p.m. - (ET)

This meeting is on the record.

March 20, 2015

General Meeting ⁄ New York

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics: A Conversation with Natalie Jaresko

Speaker:

Natalie Jaresko, Minister of Finance, Ukraine

Presider:

Reuben Jeffery III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rockefeller & Co.; Former Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
March 20, 2015 8:15-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

March 19, 2015

Offsite Meeting ⁄ Washington

Reception on Capitol Hill 

March 19, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Reception

This meeting is on the record.