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 July Congressional Communiqué

South China Sea Ruling

U.S. Needs New South China Sea Strategy

Like It or Not, UNCLOS Arbitration Is Legally Binding for China

Coup Attempt in Turkey

How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

Crackdown in Turkey Will Continue for Some Time, and Erdogan Will Increase Power

Campaign 2016

The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy at the Conventions

Campaigns to Focus on Counterterrorism

Olympic Games

The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

Chilcot Report on the Iraq War

Revisiting the Iraq War

Failing Iraq

Beyond Brexit

Theresa May Must Contain the Brexit Damage — and More

Brexit Is a Global Health Risk

Crisis in Venezuela

Venezuela's Economic Fractures

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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Department of Defense

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Contact Us

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

Patrick Costello

Director, Washington External Affairs

Council on Foreign Relations

1777 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

tel 202.509.8458 fax 202.509.8490

congress@cfr.org