Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy Program

About the Program

The Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program engages members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and their staffs on a wide range of international and economic issues. It offers a distinctive, nonpartisan forum that convenes policymakers with CFR fellows and experts who are leaders in their fields. The program brings CFR experts to the Hill for briefings, roundtable discussions, and to deliver congressional testimony. It also produces a regular enewsletter for congressional staff.

Register for CFR Roundtables on Capitol Hill

The Congressional Senior Staff Roundtable is for both House and Senate senior staff, and is held approximately once a week when Congress is in session.

Hill Roundtables Provide:

  • Senior-level not-for-attribution discussions on major foreign policy, economic, and national security issues
  • Direct access to CFR experts and follow-up opportunities
  • Idea exchange and networking with peers

E-mail congress@cfr.org with an invitation request and to receive our enewsletter, the Congressional Communiqué.

All CFR meetings are by invitation only and seating is limited.

Learn more about our other meeting series, including personalized meetings by request.

News from the August 14th Congressional Communiqué

THE ISRAEL-GAZA CRISIS

- Bring Hamas to the Table

- Hamas's War for Cash

ISIS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

- War-Weary America Has to Show Its Steel in Iraq

- A Strategy for Defeating ISIS in Syria and Iraq

TURKEY'S NEW PRESIDENT

- Erdogan's Grip on Power

AFRICAN LEADERS SUMMIT

- Next Steps After the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

HEALTH CRISIS IN WEST AFRICA

- The Ebola Outbreak

- The World Must Unite to Fight Ebola Plague

UKRAINE AND RUSSIA

- Putin Continues to Escalate

- Beware Russia: Expect More Sanctions from the West

MONETARY POLICY

- The Fed's Systemic-Risk Balancing Act

- Taper Trouble

If you'd like to receive the Congressional Communiqué, please write to congress@cfr.org.

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Congressional Program Meeting Series

The Congressional Senior Staff Roundtable is for both House and Senate senior staff, and is held approximately once a week when Congress is in session. Recent topics have included tensions on the Korean peninsula, efforts to revise the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), immigration reform, and cybersecurity.

Foreign Policy Breakfast Forum meetings are held for members of Congress on a topic of their choice with a select group of expert Council members. These meetings are arranged on request for individual members of Congress, and usually occur several times a month.

Expert Bank Briefings are for members of Congress and senior staff on a case-by-case (and per request) basis. These meetings bring CFR and outside experts to the Hill to brief a principal on an issue at their request.

There are also other special events for congressional staff, including dinners, symposia, and invitations to select CFR meetings.

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Contact Us

For more information on meetings and to receive our newsletter, the Congressional Communiqué, please contact:

Patrick Costello
Deputy Director, Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy Program
Council on Foreign Relations
1777 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
tel 202.509.8458 fax 202.509.8490
congress@cfr.org