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 4, 2015

General Meeting ⁄ New York

The Future of American Power and Influence

Speakers:

Joseph S. Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Author, Is the American Century Over?, Peter Zeihan, Author, The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder

Presider:

Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group
March 4, 2015 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Roundtable Meeting

Chinese Innovation: Paper Tiger or Global Player?

Speaker:

Gary Rieschel, Founding Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Partners

Presider:

James P. Dougherty, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
March 4, 2015

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York

Educating Girls, Investing in the Future

Speaker:

Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff to the First Lady, and Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls, The White House

Presider:

Catherine Powell, Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
March 4, 2015

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March 3, 2015

Media Conference Call

Assessing Netanyahu's Speech

Speakers:

Ray Takeyh, Senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

Speakers:

Robert M. Danin, Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 3, 2015 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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March 2, 2015

General Meeting ⁄ New York

Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism With James R. Clapper Jr.

Speaker:

James R. Clapper Jr., Director of National Intelligence

Presider:

Frances Fragos Townsend, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal, and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
March 2, 2015 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Inside Ukraine

Speakers:

John E. Herbst, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Former United States Ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006), Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Presider:

Karen J. DeYoung, Associate Editor and Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Washington Post
March 2, 2015 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

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February 27, 2015

National Program Meeting ⁄ Fort Benning

Atlanta National Program Visit to Fort Benning

Speaker:

Michael W. Rauhut, 2014–2015 Army Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 27, 2015 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology: Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of Robots

Speakers:

Rodney Brooks, Panasonic Professor of Robotics (Emeritus), Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Founder, Chairman, and Chief Technology Officer, Rethink Robotics, Abhinav Gupta, Assistant Research Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist and Cofounder, Initiative on the Digital Economy, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Presider:

Nicholas Thompson, Editor, New Yorker.com
February 27, 2015 12:15-12:45 p.m. - Lunch
12:45-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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National Program Meeting ⁄ Miami

Miami Meeting and Luncheon: CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases

Speaker:

Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations

Moderator:

Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami
February 27, 2015 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

The Civil Rights Movement and its International Implications

Speakers:

Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Director, Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society, Emory University School of Law; Author, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy , Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund; Former Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund 

Presider:

Edith Lynn Bartley, Vice President of Government Affairs, Thurgood Marshall College Fund 
February 27, 2015 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

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National Program Teleconference ⁄ Virtual

National Teleconference: The Civil Rights Movement and Its International Implications

Speakers:

Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Director, Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society, Emory University School of Law; Author, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy, Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund; Former Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Presider:

Edith L. Bartley, Vice President of Government Affairs, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
February 27, 2015 12:30-1:30 p.m. - (ET)

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February 26, 2015

Academic Conference Call

Security and Democratic Governance in Nigeria

Speaker:

John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, CFR
February 26, 2015 12:00-1:00 p.m. - (ET)

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National Program Meeting ⁄ Atlanta

Atlanta Roundtable: The State of the Armed Forces 2015

Speakers:

Michael W. Rauhut, 2014–2015 Army Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Donald M. Sando, Deputy to the Commanding General and Director of Capabilities Development and Integration, Maneuver Center of Excellence, U.S. Army

Moderator:

Scott Holcomb, Representative, Georgia House of Representatives
February 26, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

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National Program Meeting ⁄ San Francisco

San Francisco Roundtable: The Oil Price Collapse

Speakers:

Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice and Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director, Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Moderator:

Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning, Salesforce.com
February 26, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics with Vítor Constâncio

Speaker:

Vítor Constâncio, Vice President, European Central Bank

Presider:

Maria Bartiromo, Anchor and Global Markets Editor, Fox Business Network

February 26, 2015 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Meeting

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National Program Conference Call ⁄ Virtual

National Program Conference Call: The Expansion of ISIS Into North Africa

Speaker:

Hanan Salah, Libya Researcher, Middle East and North Africa, Human Rights Watch

Moderator:

Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
February 26, 2015 4:00-4:45 p.m. - (ET)

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February 25, 2015

National Program Meeting ⁄ Chicago

Chicago Roundtable: The State of the Armed Forces 2015

Speaker:

Michael W. Rauhut, 2014–2015 Army Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations 
February 25, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

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National Program Meeting ⁄ Boston

Boston Roundtable: CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases

Speaker:

Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations
February 25, 2015 6:00-8:15 p.m.

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February 24, 2015

National Program Meeting ⁄ London, United Kingdom

London Roundtable: CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on North America

Speaker:

Stephen E. Flynn, Member, Independent Task Force on North America; Professor of Political Science and Founding Director, Center for Resilience Studies, Northeastern University

Moderator:

Suzanne R. Ferlic, Head of Strategic Analysis, Lloyd’s Register Energy
February 24, 2015 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation on National Security and Reform With Chairman Mac Thornberry

Speaker:

Mac Thornberry, U.S. Representative (R-TX); Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

Presider:

James Shinn, Lecturer, Princeton University
February 24, 2015 7:45-8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. - Meeting

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