Executive Office

Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

Former State Department director of policy planning and lead U.S. official on Afghanistan and Northern Ireland (2001-2003), and principal Middle East advisor to President George H.W. Bush (1989-93). Author or editor of thirteen books on U.S. foreign policy, including A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.


U.S. foreign policy; international security; globalization; Asia; Middle East

Keith Olson

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Office of the General Counsel

Office of the CIO

Independent Task Force Program

Global Communications and Media Relations

Anya Schmemann

Washington Director, Global Communications and Outreach

Foreign Affairs: Editorial

Gideon Rose

Editor, Foreign Affairs and Peter G. Peterson Chair

Former National Security Council official in the Clinton administration; expert on national security and terrorism. Author of How Wars End (Simon & Schuster, October 2010).


International conflict; Middle East, Persian Gulf, and South Asia; terrorism; economic sanctions.

Jonathan Tepperman

Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

Former deputy editor of Newsweek International and director at EurasiaGroup.


U.S. foreign policy, national security, international law, the UN, and the Middle East.

Foreign Affairs: Publishing

Clifford Hunt

Special Assistant to the Publisher, Foreign Affairs, and the Chief Digital Officer

CFR Digital

Clifford Hunt

Special Assistant to the Publisher, Foreign Affairs, and the Chief Digital Officer

CFR Editorial

Creative Innovation

David Rockefeller Studies Program: Director of Studies Office

James M. Lindsay

Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair

Award-winning coauthor of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy and former director for global issues and multilateral affairs at the National Security Council. Author of the blog The Water's Edge.


U.S. foreign and defense policy; international security; globalization; Congress; domestic politics of U.S. foreign policy; public opinion.

Janine Hill

Director, Fellowship Affairs

Former corporate lawyer and banker with expertise in international law and conflict prevention.


Corporate finance; corporate law; international law; and conflict prevention

Aliya Medetbekova

Special Assistant for Administration to the Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair

Grace Beck

Program Coordinator, Fellowship Affairs

David Rockefeller Studies Program: Fellows

Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies

Former senior director for democracy and human rights, senior director for the Near East, and deputy national security adviser handling Middle East affairs in the George W. Bush administration. Former assistant secretary of state for UN affairs, human rights, and Latin America in the Reagan administration. Author of Tested by Zion, winner of the 2013 Washington Institute for Near East Policy's bronze prize.


U.S. policy in the Middle East, Israel-Palestinian affairs, democracy promotion, human rights policy, U.S. foreign policy.

Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow

Former Financial Times Washington bureau chief. Co-directed the Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy (2011) and directed the Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy (2009). Latest book, The Closing of the American Border, examines U.S. visa and border policies in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


U.S. economic competitiveness; U.S. trade policy; visa and immigration policy.

Alyssa Ayres

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia

Former deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, with more than two decades of experience working on the region across the nonprofit, private, and government sectors. Author of Speaking Like a State: Language and Nationalism in Pakistan. Currently writing a book about India.


India; Pakistan; Bangladesh; South Asia; nationalism and political movements in South Asia; economic development; fragile states; emerging markets; business and foreign policy.

John B. Bellinger III

Adjunct Senior Fellow for International and National Security Law

Former legal adviser for the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council. Currently directing a roundtable series on international and national security law. A partner at Arnold & Porter, LLP.


International law and international criminal justice; international humanitarian law and human rights law; international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court; treaty law and treaties, including the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention; foreign sovereign immunity and official immunities; international and domestic law applicable to use of force and counterterrorism operations, including detention and prosecution policies; intelligence law and covert action; espionage statutes; U.S. national security organization and process; U.S. national security statutes; foreign investment in the United States, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Richard K. Betts

Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Former commissioner to the National Commission on Terrorism and former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Current work examines the U.S. national security agenda. Author of American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security and Arnold A. Saltzman professor of war and peace studies in the political science department, director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and director of the international security policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.


Intelligence and U.S. defense policy; military strategy; political and military intelligence; international conflict; terrorism.

Stephen D. Biddle

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy

Award-winning author of Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle. Former associate professor and Elihu Root chair of military studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies. Current work examines U.S. defense policy and strategy.


U.S. national security policy; military strategy and the conduct of war; technology in modern warfare; recent operations in the war on terror.

Jamille Bigio

Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Former director for human rights and gender on the White House National Security Council and senior advisor to the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. Researcher focused on gender, security, women’s leadership, and economic development. 


Security and the role of women; peacebuilding; peacekeeping; counterterrorism; gender-based violence; human rights; civil society; LGBT equality; and women in the economy.

Robert D. Blackwill

Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy

Former deputy assistant to the president, deputy national security adviser for strategic planning, and presidential envoy to Iraq under George W. Bush. U.S. Ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003. Author of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World; Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China; Xi Jinping on the Global Stage; and War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft. Current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geoeconomics. 


U.S. foreign policy; transatlantic relations; the United States and Asia; Russia and the West; the United States and the Middle East.

Thomas J. Bollyky

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development

Expert on global health and international trade, investment, and regulatory policy. Adjunct professor of law, former U.S. trade negotiator. Currently directing the first Independent Task Force at the Council on Foreign Relations devoted to a global health matter, which focuses on noncommunicable diseases.


Global health, international trade and investment, and international law, regulatory policy, and intellectual property.

Max Boot

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Award-winning author, historian, and military strategist. Author of The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today, and, most recently, the New York Times best-seller Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present.


U.S. foreign policy; defense policy; military history; terrorism and guerrilla warfare.

Reuben E. Brigety II

Adjunct Senior Fellow for African Peace and Security Issues

Former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for refugee and migration affairs; Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University


African political and security affairs; international humanitarian assistance; and refugee affairs

Emerson T. Brooking

Research Fellow

Researcher exploring the intersection of social media and conflict, as well as its implications for U.S. defense planning


Information warfare; internet policy; social media; media and foreign policy; terrorism and technology

Karen B. Brooks

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia

One of the top Southeast Asia experts in the United States, with a long career in the region that spans academia, government and business. She was a leading architect of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia during the Clinton and Bush Administrations and focuses on economic policy making in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar.


Asia; Southeast Asia; Indonesia; Thailand; Philippines; Myanmar; US-Asia policy; economic policy making in Southeast Asia.

Willem H. Buiter

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Global Chief Economist at Citigroup.  Formerly Chief Economist at the EBRD and external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England.  Taught at Princeton, Bristol University, LSE, Yale and Cambridge.


International economics; (de-)globalization, open economy macroeconomics, international finance, monetary economics, European Political Economy; public finance.

John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies

Former ambassador to Nigeria (2004–2007) and career Foreign Service officer. Other tours included deputy assistant secretary for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs. Author of Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink. He writes the blog Africa in Transition and edits the Nigeria Security Tracker and Sub-Saharan Security Tracker.


Nigeria, South Africa, U.S. policy toward Africa, HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Jared Cohen

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former member of the policy planning staff under both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Director of Jigsaw, Google Inc. Author of The New Digital Age.


Terrorism; radicalization; impact of connection technologies on twenty-first century statecraft; Iran.

Jerome A. Cohen

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies

Internationally renowned expert on the Chinese legal system and professor at NYU School of Law. Current work examines the rule of law in Asian countries.


Legal and business transactions in Asia; international relations of East Asia; international law.

Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies

Author the of award-winning book The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. Directed the Independent Task Force Reports U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership (2012) and In Support of Arab Democracy: Why and How (2005).


Middle East; Politics in the Arab world; U.S.-Middle East policy; Turkish politics; civil-military relations in the Middle East; Arab-Israeli conflict.

Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former chief economist, U.S. Department of State. Former chief of international finance and economics, Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to government service, spent nearly two decades in investment banking running a range of businesses. Research, publications, and events examine the role of economic statecraft in U.S. foreign policy and on infrastructure as a driver of U.S. competitiveness.


Economic statecraft; economic competitiveness and infrastructure investment; international finance and markets; women and economic growth

Robert Danin

Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies

Former head, Office of the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair, in Jerusalem. Former State Department and National Security Council official with over twenty years government experience specializing in the Middle East. Currently researching and writing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab uprisings, and U.S. interests in the Middle East.


Middle East, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan; Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

Thomas E. Donilon

Distinguished Fellow

Former national security adviser to President Barack Obama and assistant secretary of state and chief of staff at the State Department during the Clinton administration. Prior to his government service, he was a partner at the international law firm of O'Melveny & Myers and served as a member of the firm's global governing committee. Also a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.


U.S. national security, foreign policy, intelligence, and military affairs

James P. Dougherty

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy

Currently directing a roundtable series on technology, innovation, and American primacy. A corporate executive with extensive experience in high technology and international political economy.


American economic competitiveness; technological innovation and foreign policy.

Richard A. Falkenrath

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

Expert on counterterrorism and national security issues. Former deputy assistant to President George W Bush and deputy homeland security adviser. Also former deputy commissioner for counterterrorism with the New York City Police Department.


Foreign policy and U.S. national security affairs; biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism; critical infrastructure protection; government reorganizations and merging of agencies; intelligence and information sharing; crisis and risk management; cybersecurity.

David P. Fidler

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity

Professor of international law, cybersecurity, national security, and global health at Indiana University. Currently working with CFR’s Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. Editor of the forthcoming The Snowden Reader (Indiana University Press, 2015).


International law, international law and cyberspace, cybersecurity policy and law, national security law, weapons of mass destruction, counterinsurgency operations, and global health

Jendayi E. Frazer

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies

Former assistant secretary of state for African affairs, U.S. ambassador to South Africa, and special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs in the George W. Bush administration. 


Africa; Africa policy, U.S. foreign policy, regional security affairs, conflict resolution, civil-military relations, international development policy and governance, political development.

Michael Froman

Distinguished Fellow

Former U.S. Trade Representative, Assistant to the President/Deputy
National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs and business executive. Currently working on trade and investment policy, technology, globalization and populism.


International trade and investment, international economic policy, U.S. foreign policy, international finance, economic diplomacy, development policy, energy, climate change.

Laurie Garrett

Senior Fellow for Global Health

Author of bestselling books The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, as well as I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks. Currently writing a book examining microbiomes and globalization.


Global health systems; chronic and infectious diseases; bioterrorism; public health and its effects on foreign policy and national security.

Gordon M. Goldstein

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Currently managing director of Silver Lake, the world’s largest investment firm in the global technology industry. Former international security advisor to the executive office of the United Nations secretary-general and Wayland Fellow and visiting lecturer at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, as well as a visiting lecturer at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. He currently serves on the board of advisors of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.


Internet governance; cybersecurity; global technology; U.S. foreign policy and national security.

Philip H. Gordon

Senior Fellow

Former special assistant to the president and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region. Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Author of numerous books and articles about the Middle East, Europe, and U.S. foreign policy.  


U.S. foreign and national security policy; U.S. policy in the Middle East; Israeli-Palestinian issues; Middle East Regional issues; Europe and European Union; Russia; Turkey; nuclear weapons; intelligence; terrorism; international economics.

Jennifer M. Harris

Senior Fellow

Former member of the State Department policy planning staff and a leading architect of Secretary Hillary Clinton's Economic Statecraft agenda. Former member of the National Intelligence Council Staff, with deep experience in geoeconomic issues, energy and climate security, and U.S.-China relations. Harris is the author of War By Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft (Harvard University Press, April 2016), co-authored with Robert Blackwill.


U.S. foreign policy; economic statecraft; energy and climate security; state capitalism; U.S.-China relations; U.S. competitiveness.

Yanzhong Huang

Senior Fellow for Global Health

Author of Governing Health in Contemporary China, a new book that looks at the health system transition in post-Mao China. Currently researching the roles of emerging powers and non-state actors in shaping global health governance. Founding editor of the journal Global Health Governance.


Global health governance; health diplomacy; public health in China/East Asia.

Miles Kahler

Senior Fellow for Global Governance

Senior fellow for global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations and distinguished professor at the School of International Service, American University. His research centers on global and regional governance, particularly international economic institutions and Asia-Pacific regionalism. His current work examines the growing influence of emerging economies on global governance and the response of the United States to their new role.


Global and regional governance: international economic and financial institutions; Asia-Pacific regional institutions; role of the United States and the emerging economies in global and regional institutions

Robert Kahn

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics

Macroeconomist with substantial experience in public policy and markets. Current focus is on G-7 monetary and fiscal policies, financial markets, and crisis resolution.


U.S. and international macroeconomic policy; debt restructuring and debt policy; financial markets.

Robert K. Knake

Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow

Former Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House. Focused on cybersecurity and Internet policy.


U.S. cybersecurity policy; Internet governance; homeland security.

Karen Kornbluh

Senior Fellow for Digital Policy

Former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, currently writing about digital policy and consulting on public policy.


Digital policy, international economic policy, women's issues, anti-bribery/rule of law, social policy.

Charles A. Kupchan

Senior Fellow

Former special assistant to the president and senior director for European Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council in the Obama Administration; latest book, No One’s World, examines the emergence of a world that will not be dominated by any single power or political model; currently working on transatlantic issues and the evolution of U.S. grand strategy.


Transatlantic relations; European politics and the European Union; NATO; Ukraine and Russia; Turkey; U.S. national security policy; U.S. grand strategy; the domestic sources of U.S. foreign policy; international security.

Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia

Former foreign correspondent and journalist covering Southeast Asia. Current research focuses on reinvigorating U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia; China's strategy toward Southeast Asia; Myanmar's transformation; and the growth of state capitalism, particularly in Asia. Author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World and Democracy in Retreat, and of numerous articles and briefs on Southeast Asia, China, and democratization in the developing world. Author of a forthcoming book on the growth of state capitalism.


Southeast Asia, China; Asian regionalism; public diplomacy; democratization in the developing world.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Journalist and researcher focusing on U.S. foreign policy, international development, women and economic development, and global entrepreneurship. Contributing editor-at-large at Newsweek/Daily Beast and author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley's War and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.


Economic growth and development; development and the role of women; Afghanistan; women in Afghanistan; entrepreneurship and role of business environment; women and nation-building; military and economic development; economics and fiscal policy; maternal and reproductive health; role of international institutions in women's empowerment.

Robert E. Litan

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Lawyer and economist, former director of research at the Kauffman Foundation, Bloomberg Government, and the Brookings Institution. Overseeing CFR seminar series on and writing about what cities can and should do to promote entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship, innovation, financial policy, general economic policy.

Lori Esposito Murray

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Lori Esposito Murray is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and currently the president emeritus of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). Former distinguished national security chair at the U.S. Naval Academy, and former special advisor to the president on the Chemical Weapons Convention during the Clinton Administration


Arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation; defense strategy; NATO; proliferation; weapons of mass destruction; terrorism and technology

Shannon K. O'Neil

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

Former assistant professor of political science at Columbia University. Author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead. Expertise includes U.S.-Latin American relations, North America, energy policy, trade, political and economic reforms, immigration, and security.


Latin America, Mexico, Brazil; policy reform; security; trade; energy; immigration.

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, former adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, former member of State Department policy planning staff handling Northern Ireland peace process, Iran, Syria, and relations with the Muslim world. Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School.


U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy; counterinsurgency; nation-building; the geopolitics of energy; Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan.

Farah Pandith

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former first-ever special representative to Muslim communities and senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs at the U.S. Department of State, director for Middle East regional initiatives at national security council and chief of staff for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Served in Bush and Obama administrations. Hosts a roundtable series on countering violent extremism, is writing a book, and building a movement to counter extremist ideology.


Countering Violent Extremism; Culture and Foreign Policy; Radicalism and Extremism; Terrorism and Technology; Millennial Muslims; Terrorist Organizations and Networks

Stewart M. Patrick

James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program

Former State Department policy planning staff member. Author of Weak Links:Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security, released in May 2011. Current work focuses on U.S. policy toward global governance and how to address transnational threats.


Multilateral cooperation, international institutions and global governance; United Nations; weak and failing states; foreign assistance and post-conflict reconstruction; transnational threats; U.S. foreign policy; diplomatic history.

Catherine Powell

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Former policy planning staff member under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (on gender, human rights, and international organizations) and national security staff director for human rights in the Obama administration. Professor of international law, human rights, constitutional law, and comparative constitutional law at Fordham Law School. Currently working with CFR's Women and Foreign Policy Program.


International law and organizations, human rights and democracy, gender, comparative constitutional law, human rights and law reform

Ely Ratner

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow in China Studies

Former deputy national security advisor to Vice President Biden. Previously served in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the State Department and as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Current work focuses on U.S.-China relations, regional security in East Asia, and U.S. national security policy.


U.S. national security policy in Asia; U.S.-China relations; East Asia regional security

Carla Anne Robbins

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Award-winning journalist and national security writer. Former deputy editorial page editor for the New York Times and chief diplomatic correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Directing a roundtable series focused on national security in an age of austerity.


U.S. national security policy; politics and foreign policy; Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs; nonproliferation and arms control; the nuclear complex and budget; Cuba

John D. Rockefeller IV

Distinguished Fellow

Former U.S. senator from West Virginia with more than fifty years in public service, including thirty in the Senate. Served as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 2007 to 2009 and Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 2009 to 2015. 


Cybersecurity, intelligence, Japan, and East Asia.

Kenneth S. Rogoff

Senior Fellow for Economics

Kenneth Rogoff is a senior fellow for economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and currently Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University. From 2001–2003, Rogoff served as chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund. 


International finance; political economy; macroeconomics; international financial crises, exchange rates, current account imbalances; political budget cycles.

Adam Segal

Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

Adam Segal is the Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and national security and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Dr. Segal was the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet. His book Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge (W.W. Norton, 2011) looks at the technological rise of Asia. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, The EconomistForeign PolicyThe Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, “Net Politics.”


Technology and development in China and India; East Asian security; Chinese domestic and foreign policy; cyberconflict, cybersecurity

Stephen Sestanovich

George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Former U.S. ambassador-at-large for policy toward the states of the former Soviet Union. Author of Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama (Knopf, February 2014). Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.


Russia and the former Soviet Union; Caucasus and Central Asia; U.S. foreign policy.

Brad W. Setser

Senior Fellow and Acting Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

Applied international economist with experience at the U.S. Treasury and the International Monetary Fund. Currently examining central bank reserve growth, sovereign wealth funds, and the political implications of emerging market financing of the United States. He blogs at "Follow the Money."


Central bank reserves and sovereign wealth funds, IMF policy, emerging market economies.

Varun Sivaram

Douglas Dillon Fellow and Acting Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change

Former senior advisor for energy and water policy to the mayor of Los Angeles, energy consultant with McKinsey, and physicist developing solar technology. Currently researching the impact of disruptive technology on U.S. energy and security.


Clean energy technology; low-carbon transitions in emerging economies; physical science entrepreneurship and innovation; U.S. utility strategy and regulation; sustainable urbanization; energy and national security.

Matthew J. Slaughter

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization

Former member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Coauthor of the Council Special Report, Global FDI Policy. Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School and the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.


The economics and politics of globalization, multinational firms and capital markets, immigration, technological innovation, and the causes and consequences of the globalization backlash.

Sheila A. Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies

Author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2015) and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations, June 2014). Currently researching how geostrategic change in Asia is shaping Japan's strategic choices and working on a new project on Northeast Asian Nationalisms and Alliance Management.


Japanese domestic politics and foreign policy; Northeast Asia regional security; international relations of the Asia Pacific

Scott A. Snyder

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

Former senior associate at the Asia Foundation and Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic & International Studies. Founder of the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy. Coeditor of North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society, editor of CFR's Global Korea: South Korea's Contributions to International Security, editor of The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges, and co-author of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States.


Politics and foreign policy of South Korea and North Korea; U.S.-Korea relations; Northeast Asian security; and U.S.-Asia relations

Paul B. Stares

General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action

Expert on emerging sources of regional instability and violent conflict. Currently focusing on U.S. preventive strategies to meet future challenges to international peace and security. Coauthor of the Council Special Reports Partners in Preventive Action: The United States and International Institutions and Enhancing U.S. Preventive Action.


U.S. national security policy; early warning issues; contingency planning; conflict prevention strategies; transnational threats; weak/fragile states; Northeast Asia security

Benn Steil

Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics

Award-winning writer, and editor of the scholarly journal International Finance. His most recent book, The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, was called "a triumph of economic and diplomatic history" by the Financial Times.


International finance; financial markets; economic policy.

Matthew M. Taylor

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Associate Professor at the School of International Service, American University. Currently writing a book on the political economy of democratic Brazil.


Latin American politics and economics, corruption and accountability.

Rachel B. Vogelstein

Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

Former advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on global women's issues. Currently a professor of gender and U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown Law School. Research focuses on the relationship between women's advancement and prosperity, stability, and security.


Women and foreign policy; human rights; child marriage; global health; maternal and child health; education; development and the role of women 

Matthew C. Waxman

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy

Former State Department and Defense Department senior official and National Security Council staff member. Professor of international law and national security law at Columbia Law School. Currently working on CFR's Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity Initiative.


International law & national security law; human rights; law and terrorism; counterterrorism; international security; presidential powers and foreign policy; cybersecurity; military intervention.

Jay Winik


Acclaimed writer and historian, Jay Winik is the author of three consecutive New York Times bestsellers, April 1865: The Month That Saved America (a # 1 bestseller), The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788 – 1800, and 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History. Winik has advised presidents of both parties, the vice president, senators, Supreme Court justices, secretaries of state, NSC advisors, and other Cabinet officers on lessons of history for today’s world.



Lessons of history; presidents and foreign policy; leadership; U.S. foreign policy; global turning points; military history and strategy; how wars end; reconciliation; morality in foreign policy; terrorism and guerrilla warfare; the displaced.

Micah Zenko

Senior Fellow

Political scientist with expertise in national security, conflict prevention, and U.S. drone strike policies. Zenko oversees the U.S.-UN roundtable series. His second book Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy, was published by Basic Books in 2015. 


Conflict prevention; U.S. national security policy; military planning and operations; nuclear weapons policy

David Rockefeller Studies Program: Visiting Fellows

Colonel Brian R. Bruckbauer

Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force

Colonel Brian R. Bruckbauer, U.S. Air Force, served as the commander of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing in Alaska where he was responsible for 5,500 personnel, $11.4B in infrastructure, and support to over 35,000 throughout Alaska. Previously he was the military assistant to the under secretary of defense for policy.

Colonel Bruckbauer holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, an MA from the George Washington University, an MS from the College of Naval Command and Staff, and an MS from the National War College.


U.S Air Force, U.S. national security policy, military strategy and the conduct of war, Europe, China, Arctic, and Afghanistan.

Captain Clint Carroll

Military Fellow, U.S. Navy

Captain Clint Carroll, U.S. Navy, commanded Amphibious Squadron 3, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, and USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49). He has deployed to the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Captain Carroll served as the deputy commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, in the operations directorate of The Joint Staff, and as a Quadrennial Defense Review analyst on the Chief of Naval Operations' staff.

Captain Carroll holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA from San Diego State University, and an MS from the National War College. He was a Joint Staff Fellow for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program.


U.S. national military strategy; recent operations in the western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf.

Captain Gregory D. Case

Military Fellow, U.S. Coast Guard

Captain Gregory D. Case, U.S. Coast Guard, commanded Coast Guard Sector Saint Petersburg, where he led 2,700 people and twelve units directing Coast Guard operations along the west coast of Florida and Tampa Bay, which included antiterrorism activities and operations to check illegal immigration and the flow of illicit drugs. He also served at multiple staff and operational commands throughout the nation's ports and waterways.

Captain Case holds a BA from Southern Illinois University, an MS, and a graduate certificate from the University of Washington.


Maritime law enforcement, disaster and oil spill response, environmental protection, and ports and waterway safety, security and management.

Leila Fadel

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow

Currently the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at CFR. International Correspondent for NPR based in the Middle East, covering the region for eleven years. Previously reported for the Washington Post and McClatchy newspapers. 


Iraq war, refugees and the displaced, human rights issues, radicalization, extremism and sectarianism in the Middle East. 

Colonel Thomas J. Gordon

Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps

Colonel Thomas Gordon, U.S. Marine Corps, has commanded at the group, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, and battalion level. His previous staff assignments include Marine Forces Central Command (G-3), Lead Planner Marine Expeditionary Force Forward (MEF Forward) in Afghanistan, and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (G-3) in Japan. 

Colonel Gordon holds a BA from The Citadel, and an MA from Webster University. He is a former fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Twenty-five years of operational experience in the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe

Raymond W. Kelly

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD


national security; policing; cybersecurity; counterterrorism; technology; leadership; diversity in the workforce;

Rebecca Friedman Lissner

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Expert on U.S. national security policy, with a particular focus on strategic planning, use of force issues, and nuclear security. Writing a book examining how lessons learned from military interventions have shaped U.S. grand strategy since World War II. 


U.S. national security policy; military strategy and the conduct of war; grand strategy; nuclear issues

Oriana Skylar Mastro

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Assistant professor of security studies at Georgetown University and U.S. Air Force Reserve officer. Currently researching Chinese capabilities and willingness to secure and dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as the 2016-2017 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow.


War termination, coercive diplomacy, East Asia security, Chinese security and defense policy, Chinese military modernization, U.S. military strategy in Asia

Tiffany L. McGriff

International Affairs Fellow

Former spokesperson, media advisor, and communications strategist at the U.S. Embassy in Kenya; special assistant to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; public affairs and press officer at the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan and in Angola; and country expert on Guinea, Niger, and Ghana at the U.S. Department of State. Currently researching and writing on governance issues in sub-Saharan Africa.


Extra-term presidencies, the strategic closing of civil society and opposition spaces, and elections in sub-Saharan Africa

Timothy A. Phillips

National Intelligence Fellow

Senior National Intelligence service executive and former national intelligence collection officer for South Asia and managing editor for Intelligence Today with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.


U.S. intelligence community and national security, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations, military strategy, counter terrorism operations, and nuclear weapons proliferation.    

A. Michael Spence

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Economist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001. Author of The Next Convergence. Chairman of the Commission on Growth and Development.


Growth and development economics and policy, structural change in the global economy, impact on advanced and developing countries, informational structure of markets, growth and policy in the major emerging markets; China, India, Brazil.

Colonel Rick Ullian

Military Fellow, U.S. Army

Colonel Rick Ullian, U.S. Army, is an artillerymen and former brigade commander in Europe. His previous assignments include special assistant to the vice chief of staff of the Army. He has deployed numerous times in support of military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Colonel Ullian holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA from the Naval Command and Staff College, and served as an Army War College fellow at the Institute of World Politics.


U.S. national security policy, military strategy and the conduct of war, overseas contingency operations in Somalia, Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan.

David Rockefeller Studies Program: Research Associates

Becky Allen

Research Associate, Women and Foreign Policy

Sherry Cho

Research Associate, National Security

Matthew Cohen

Research Associate,Global Health, Economics, and Development

Anne Connell

Assistant Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program

Kyle Evanoff

Research Associate, International Economics and U.S. Foreign Policy

Shelton Fitch

Research Associate, U.S. Competitiveness and Foreign Policy

Sabina Frizell

Research Associate, Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program

Allen Grane

Research Associate, Africa Policy Studies

Helia Ighani

Assistant Director, Center for Preventive Action

Lindsay Iversen

Associate Director, Climate and Resources, Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

Samir Kumar

Research Associate, India, Pakistan, and South Asia

Amr Leheta

Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies

Ted Liu

Research Associate, International Economics

Theresa Lou

Research Associate, International Institutions and Global Governance

Terrence Mullan

Program Coordinator, International Institutions and Global Governance

Megan Roberts

Associate Director, International Institutions and Global Governance

Sagatom Saha

Research Associate, Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy

Emma Smith

Analyst, Center for Geoeconomic Studies

James West

Research Associate, India, Pakistan, and South Asia


Meetings and Membership



Washington External Affairs

Chelie Setzer

Program Associate, Washington and Independent Task Force Programs

National Program and Outreach

Maria Casa

Director, National Program and Outreach Administration

Corporate Affairs


Mladen Joksic

Deputy Director, Foundation Relations and Development Strategy

Lena Moy

Associate Director, Gifts Administration

Laura Miller

Program Coordinator, Development and Special Projects

Library and Research Services

Laura Puls

Associate Director, Research, Instruction, and Digital Resources


Human Resources and Administration

Human Resources

Allie Gilkey

Director, Washington Human Resources and Organizational Development

Reception Services

Facility and Event Operations

New York Office

Ian Noray

Deputy Director, Facility Operations and Project Management

Washington Office

Jayson Frum

Director of Operations and Project Management

Special Events

Jessica Sales

Junior Sales Coordinator/Special Events Associate