Center for Preventive Action Contingency Roundtable Series

Staff: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
March 2009 - Present

This meeting series seeks to organize focused discussions on plausible short- to medium-term contingencies that could seriously threaten U.S. interests. Contingency meeting topics will range from specific states or regions of concern to more thematic issues and will draw on the expertise of government and nongovernment experts. The goal of the meeting series is not only to raise awareness of U.S. government officials and the expert community to potential crises but also to generate practical policy options to lessen the likelihood of the contingency and to reduce the negative consequences should it occur. A summary memo of the resulting recommendations will be distributed to participants and important policymakers and published on CFR.org.

This series is made possible by the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

 

Summary Memoranda

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Potential Trajectories of Sectarian Conflict in the Middle East

August 1, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Spillover from Syria: Managing the Threat

Speakers Douglas A. OllivantMantid International, LLC, Robert SatloffThe Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Mona YacoubianStimson Center
Presider Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
May 30, 2013

This meeting is on the record.

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Instability in Egypt

Speaker Steven A. CookHasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
April 23, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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An Ambiguous Cyberattack on the United States or Allied Country

Speaker Martin LibickiRAND Corporation
Presider Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
April 5, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Political Instability in Jordan

Speakers Robert SatloffThe Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David SchenkerThe Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 15, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Preventing Chemical Weapon Use in Syria

Speakers Michael EisenstadtSenior Fellow and Director of the military and security studies program, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Leonard S. SpectorDeputy Director, Monterey Institute's Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Paul B. Stareseneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
December 14, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Electoral-related Violence in Kenya

Speaker Joel D. BarkanSenior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Presider Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey senior fellow for conflict prevention and director of the Center for Preventative Action, Council on Foreign Relations
September 25, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Violent Instability in Venezuela

Speaker Patrick DuddyDuke University
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 6, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Post-U.S. Instability in Iraq

Speaker Douglas A. OllivantNew America Foundation
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 18, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Managing a Fractured Syria

Speaker Daniel L. BymanGeorgetown University; The Brookings Institution
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
February 14, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Rising Tension in the Eastern Mediterranean

Speaker Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 2, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Hitting the Homeland: Pakistan-based Terrorist

Speakers Stephen TankelCarnegie Endowment for International Peace, Shuja NawazAtlantic Council
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 7, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Eurozone Default Crisis

Speaker Richard MadsenMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
July 27, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Post-Qaddafi Instability in Libya

Speaker Daniel P. SerwerPaul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
July 11, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Pakistan-based Terrorist Attack on the United States

Speaker Steven SimonCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
February 24, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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U.S.-PRC Military Incident

Speaker Michael A. McDevitt, USN (Ret.)CNA Strategic Studies
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 14, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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New Challenges in the Congo

Speaker John MarksNational Endowment for Democracy
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 12, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Military Escalation in Korea

Speaker Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Sheila A. SmithCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 8, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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A Third Lebanon War?

Speaker Daniel C. KurtzerWoodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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A Coup in Nigeria

Speaker John CampbellCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 19, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Prospects for Violent Instability in Iran

Speaker Michael SinghWashington Institute for Near East Policy
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 19, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Renewed Conflict in Sudan

Speakers Katherine Almquist KnopfU.S. Agency for International Development, Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 14, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Indo-Pakistani Crisis Sparked by Terrorism

Speakers Daniel S. MarkeySenior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, CFR, Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention, CFR
November 17, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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An Israeli Strike on Iran

Speaker Steven SimonAdjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR
Presider Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention, CFR
September 29, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Ukraine at Risk

Speaker Steven PiferBrookings Institution
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 4, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Now Out of Never? Stability and Instability in Egypt

Speaker Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 5, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Potential Reversal in Iraq

Speaker Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 9, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Dollar Crisis Contingency

Speaker Brad W. SetserCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 11, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.