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 January 28th Congressional Communiqué

2016 Presidential Election

Jeb Bush on the Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy

Will Foreign Policy Be a Major Issue in the 2016 Election? Here’s What We Know.

The Candidates and the World

North Korean Nuclear Test

North Korea's H-bomb and the Costs of American Indifference

The Logic of North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

State of the Union

States of Failure and Disunion, at Home and Abroad

A Modestly Humbled Obama

Economic Optimism in the State of the Union

Zika Virus

The Zika Virus Could Take a Huge Toll in the Americas

Saudi-Iranian Tensions

Tensions Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

What Saudi Arabia’s Spat With Iran Means for the U.S.

Taiwan Elections

A Stable Transition in Taiwan?

Why the Elections in Taiwan Matter So Much–for Beijing, the Region and the U.S.

Nigeria

Nigeria's Future Hinges on Its States

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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Current House Floor Proceedings
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

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