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Media Call on President Obama's Trip to India

This weekend, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit India twice and the first to be a guest for India's Republic Day. The upcoming meeting comes only four months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the White House. Alyssa Ayres, CFR senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discussed what to expect from the president's visit.

See more in India; Diplomacy and Statecraft

United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Speaker: Valerie Amos
Presider: George Rupp

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins George Rupp, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and professor of health, religion, and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.

The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.

See more in Global; International Organizations and Alliances

Diplomacy and Religious Engagement: Promise and Pitfalls

Speakers: Peter Mandaville and Sara Silvestri

Peter Mandaville, director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and professor of international affairs at George Mason University, and Sara Silvestri, senior lecturer in international politics at City University London, discuss the challenges and opportunities of diplomatic engagement with religious communities.

See more in Global; Religion; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Media Conference Call: North Korean Cyberattack on Sony Pictures (Audio)

Speakers: Adam Segal and Scott A. Snyder
Presider: Robert McMahon

Adam Segal, CFR senior fellow for China studies, and Scott A. Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies, discussed the cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the studio's decision to cancel its release of The Interview, a comedy that reportedly depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

See more in North Korea; Cybersecurity; Homeland Security

Dupont’s Ellen Kullman on Science and Innovation

Speaker: Ellen Kullman
Presider: Alan S. Murray

Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont, joins Alan S. Murray, editor at  Fortune Magazine, to discuss global competitiveness. Kullman describes Dupont’s deep portfolio strategy, and innovations ranging from drought-resistant cultivars to biofuel to golf ball materials.

See more in Global; Innovation; Competitiveness

Media Call on Peshawar School Attack

Following the Pakistani Taliban's December 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, CFR Senior Fellow Daniel Markey and Adjunct Senior Fellow Farah Pandith discussed the attack itself, the Taliban, the Pakistani political scene, the attack's likely implications, and how this might relate to U.S. policy.

See more in Pakistan; Defense and Security

NY Event: Addressing the Chronic Disease Crisis in Developing Countries

Speakers: Thomas E. Donilon, Thomas J. Bollyky, and Barbara Byrne
Presider: Juju Chang

Task Force Co-Chair Thomas E. Donilon, Task Force Project Director Thomas J. Bollyky, and Task Force member Barbara Byrne, join Juju Chang, coanchor of ABC News’ Nightline, to discuss the Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored Independent Task Force Report on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends practical, scalable strategies for intervention.

See more in Global; Diseases, Noncommunicable

Fatou Bensouda on the International Criminal Court and Gender-Based Crimes

Speaker: Fatou Bensouda
Presider: David J. Scheffer

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins David J. Scheffer, the secretary-general's special expert on UN assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials at the United Nations and professor of law at Northwestern University school of law, to discuss the ICC’s policy and protocol in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes.

See more in Global; International Law; Human Rights

Afghan Women and Girls After 2014

Speakers: Barnett Rubin and Rina Amiri
Presider: Catherine Powell

As the international combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close, Catherine Powell discusses Afghan women and girls’ need for security and stability with Barnett Rubin and Rina Amiri. 

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The Ebola Crisis in Liberia and Sierra Leone: an Update

Speakers: Nancy A. Aossey, Laurie Garrett, and David Nabarro
Presider: Richard E. Besser

Nancy A. Aossey, president and chief executive officer at International Medical Corps, Laurie Garrett, CFR’s senior fellow for global health and author of Ebola: Story of an Outbreak, and David Nabarro, the UN’s special envoy on Ebola, join Richard E. Besser, chief health and medical editor at ABC News, to discuss the panelists’ recent trips to West African Ebola-treatment units and developments in the international response to the crisis.

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Diseases, Infectious