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 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 October 27th Congressional Communiqué

Israeli-Palestinian Clashes

Israelis and Palestinians: And Then What?

Words Have Consequences

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Writing the Rules on Trade

The U.S. Trade Agenda and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Assessing the TPP Deal

The Migrant Crisis in Europe

Managing Europe’s Perfect Storm

The Economics of Migration

Can the EU Quota System Work?

Russia’s Syria Strategy

Testing Putin in Syria

Russia's Updated Military

China’s Charm Offensive

Is the United Kingdom Making a Bad Bet in China?

China's Sputtering Charm Offensive in Southeast Asia

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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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Current House Floor Proceedings
Daily Whipline (minority)
The Whip Notice (majority)

Senate Resources

Calendars and Schedules
Executive Calendar

White House

White House Briefing Room

State Department

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Foreign Press Center, Calendars of Events
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