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A chance to go inside Council on Foreign Relations on-the-record meetings, in their entirety. Listen to world leaders and foreign policy experts discuss and debate the most pressing issues in international affairs.

Civil-Military Relations in the New Administration

Speaker: Janine Davidson
Speaker: Michèle A. Flournoy
Speaker: John M. Paxton Jr.
Presider: Thom Shanker

Experts discuss the role of civil-military relations in the development of military advice; evaluate early changes to the national security system under President Trump; and consider possible reforms to the presidential decision-making process.

See more in United States; Military Leadership

The Uncertain Future of U.S. Trade Policy

Speaker: Edward Alden
Speaker: Charlene Barshefsky
Speaker: Barney Frank
Presider: Diana Farrell

Experts discuss the economic and political challenges facing U.S. trade policy, how to proceed in the current political climate, and policy options for the future direction of U.S. trade.

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How Peacekeepers Can Better Protect Civilians: Lessons From South Sudan and Beyond

Speaker: Patrick Cammaert
Speaker: Youssef Mahmoud
Presider: Jamille Bigio

As civilians increasingly are targeted in armed conflict, more peace operations have been mandated to protect civilians from physical violence, including sexual violence. Peacekeeping forces around the world have struggled to meet these responsibilities. In one recent example, peacekeepers in South Sudan failed to respond when civilians in a refugee camp were subjected to gross human rights violations and aid workers at a hotel compound were raped. The independent special investigation led by Cammaert found that the peace operation failed to “respond effectively to the violence due to an overall lack of leadership, preparedness, and integration among the various components of the mission.” Drawing on lessons from South Sudan and beyond, Cammaert and Mahmoud will reflect on what’s needed to ensure that peace operations around the world are better able to protect civilians from violence.

See more in Global; Defense and Security

Boosting Women’s Participation in the Economy in Emerging Markets

Speaker: Kaplana Kochhar
Presider: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Drawing on more than a decade of experience researching emerging economies in Asia, Kalpana Kochhar will discuss gender equalities inhibiting economic growth, as well as strategies for removing structural barriers to women’s economic advancement. 

See more in Global; Development