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 December 17th Congressional Communiqué

U.S.-Cuba

What Did President Obama Trade for Alan Gross?

- Timeline: U.S.-Cuba Relations

Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA Detention and Interrogation

The CIA Torture Report is Causing Political Ripples Overseas

- The Problem With the Torture Report

- What Is the Impact of the CIA Report?

Russia & Ukraine

- Three Things That Could Cheer Up Putin Amid the Ruble’s Crash

- Where Is Putin Leading Russia?

Elections in Japan

- Another Four Years for Abe

The Oil Price Crash

- Why the World Missed the Oil Price Crash

- Can Nigeria Endure Falling Oil Prices?

- The Saudis Won't Let Oil Free-Fall

U.S. Federal Reserve

- The Federal Reserve Then and Now: Better Equipped to Avert Crises?

- The Federal Reserve's Stanley Fischer on Inflation and Financial Stability

Ebola Update

- Ebola Update: Assessment From Africa

- Sierra Leone’s Ebola Epidemic is Spiraling out of Control

Europe’s Economy

- Europe’s Dodgy Bank Stress Tests

- After the Stress Test, Deal With the Debt

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.

CFR's Primary Sources

House Resources

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Daily Whipline (minority)
The Whip Notice (majority)

Senate Resources

Calendars and Schedules
Nominations
Executive Calendar

White House

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State Department

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Foreign Press Center, Calendars of Events
Ambassadors
State Department Directory

Department of Defense

Defense News

 

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