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The Implications of Drones on U.S. Foreign Policy

Speakers: Micah Zenko and Sarah E. Kreps

Micah Zenko, CFR’s Douglas Dillon fellow in the Center for Preventive Action, and Sarah E. Kreps, associate professor of government at Cornell University, discuss the increased tactical use of unmanned aerial systems and the ramifications for U.S. foreign policy, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.

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U.S. Immigration Policy

Speaker: Edward Alden

Edward Alden, CFR’s Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow, elucidates President Obama’s executive order for undocumented immigrants in the United States, explaining who will be affected and how, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy and State and Local Officials Conference Call series.

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Former Central Bankers on the Federal Reserve and Financial Stability

Speakers: Arminio Fraga, Jacob A. Frenkel, Philipp Hildebrand, and Mervyn King
Presider: Roger C. Altman

Arminio Fraga, former president at the Central Bank of Brazil, Jacob A. Frenkel, former governor at the Bank of Israel, Philipp Hildebrand, former chairman at the Swiss National Bank, Mervyn King, distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former governor at the Bank of England, join Roger C. Altman, former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to discuss their experiences as central bankers and insights into past financial crises.

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

Speakers: Liaquat Ahamed, Willem Buiter, and Mark Gertler
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, Willem Buiter, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and global chief economist at Citigroup, and Mark Gertler, professor of economics at New York University and member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Academic Advisory Board, join Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the history of the Federal Reserve and its future.

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

Speaker: Stanley Fischer
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Laurence D. Fink

Stanley Fischer, vice chairman of the board of governors at the Federal Reserve System, joins
Laurence D. Fink, chairman and chief executive officer at BlackRock and member of the board of directors at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss how the Federal Reserve system has evolved over time, and challenges for the future.

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Fatih Birol on the World Energy Outlook 2014

Speaker: Fatih Birol
Presider: Michelle Patron

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, joins Michelle Patron, senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council, to discuss the current energy landscape and key findings from the 2014 World Energy Outlook.

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Resources to Riches? What’s Needed to Create Sustainable Resource Development

Speakers: Christine Bader, Marcus Noland, and Ann M. Veneman
Presider: Peter H. Lehner

Christine Bader, visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University, Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and
Ann M. Veneman, former executive director at UNICEF and former U.S. secretary of agriculture, join Peter H. Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council to dicuss their experiences with agriculture and extractive industries in resource-rich developing countries.

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Sectarian Conflict in the Middle East

Speakers: Ebrahim Moosa and Mona Yacoubian

Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Mona Yacoubian, deputy assistant administrator for the Middle East at USAID, discuss sectarian conflict in the Middle East at the American Academy of Religion 2014 Annual Meeting, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

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U.S.-China Relations

Elizabeth C. Economy, CFR’s C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies, discusses Chinese President Xi Jinping’s reforms in his first two years in office and what they mean for U.S.-China relations, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.

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Internet Governance After Busan: What’s Next?

Speakers: Christopher Painter, Daniel Sepulveda, and Lawrence Strickling
Presider: Nuala O’Connor

Christopher Painter, coordinator of the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State, Daniel Sepulveda, deputy assistant secretary and U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the U.S. Department of State,  and Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information at the U.S. Department of Commerce, join Nuala O’Connor, president and chief executive officer at the Center for Democracy & Technology, to discuss the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference in Busan, South Korea, and what comes next.

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Mobile’s Rise in the Future of the Internet

Speakers: Dominique Lazanski, Robert Pepper, and Jonathan Spalter
Presider: Craig Mundie

Dominique Lazanski, director of Public Policy at GSMA, Robert Pepper, vice president of global technology policy at Cisco Systems, and Jonathan Spalter, chairman at Mobile Future, join Craig Mundie, senior advisor to the chief executive officer at Microsoft, to discuss technological change and the move to mobile devices.

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The ITU: Building Connectivity and Cooperation in Internet Governance

Speakers: Andrea Glorioso, Jeferson Nacif, and Eric Osiakwan
Introductory Speaker: James M. Lindsay
Presider: Aparna Sridhar

Andrea Glorioso, European Union information and communications technologies attaché to the United States, Jeferson Nacif, head of international affairs at the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications, and Eric Osiakwan, executive secretary of the Ghana Internet Service Providers Association, join Aparna Sridhar, counsel at Google, Inc. to discuss internet governance issues and the role of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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