The Council on Foreign Relations is headquartered in New York City. A third of CFR’s members reside in or around New York City, and another third in Washington, DC, and around the nation. Over 160 employees work out of the landmarked Harold Pratt House, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
CFR’s New York headquarters hosts more than 250 events annually, including panel discussions, lectures, interviews, symposia, town hall meetings, film screenings, book clubs, and conference calls. Senior government officials, global leaders, and prominent thinkers regularly come together with CFR members as part of the New York Meetings, Studies, and Corporate programs to debate and discuss major foreign policy issues. Accounts of on-the-record CFR meetings are available in three formats on CFR.org: transcripts, videos, and audio streams.
The main purpose of these meetings is to provide a nonpartisan forum for informed policy debate. They cover a range of regional and topical issues, with a focus this year on the global economy, the continuing developments in the Middle East, China, and U.S. military strategy. We have continued our Renewing America series, which examines how policies at home, in areas such as energy, education, and U.S. debt, will directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world. These activities 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.
CFR also has a growing and multifaceted presence in the nation’s capital—the Washington Program—and a dynamic National Program for members living across the country. CFR’s active Corporate Program provides the business community an opportunity to gain new insights into the intersection of politics, economics, and business.
CFR’s New York office is also home to Foreign Affairs magazine, the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs. Founded in 1922, and published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs magazine was recently ranked by the Erdos and Morgan Opinion Leaders study as one of the top five most influential media outlets.