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.
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
Half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced his broad social agenda, the Great Society, experts discuss the effect that the legislation continues to have on U.S. policy and competitiveness.
See more in United States; Health Policy and Initiatives; Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Experts discuss the global economy in 2015.
See more in Global; Economics
Experts discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.
See more in United States; Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Christine Lagarde, managing director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), joins Diana Farrell, chief executive officer and president at the JPMorgan Chase Institute, to discuss the global economy and the IMF’s role in 2015.
See more in Global; Economics
In keeping with the core mission of the Center for Preventive Action, this meeting evaluated the most worrisome sources of instability and conflict in 2015. The speakers discussed their respective organizations’ assessment of risks and potential crises for the new year.
See more in Global; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
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
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
Shannon O’Neil hosts Michael Faye and Tariq Malik for a discussion on harnessing technology in the service of development and good governance.
See more in Global; Technology and Science
Listen to Farah Pandith, CFR adjunct senior fellow and the first-ever State Department special representative to Muslim communities, put the January 7, 2015 massacre at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in context, explain the appeal of violent Islamic extremism, and offer a long-term strategy to combat extremist ideology.
See more in Europe; Terrorist Attacks
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
Experts discuss the economic and geopolitical implications of the Russian ruble’s recent plunge.
See more in Russian Federation; Financial Crises
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
CFR Director of Latin America Studies Julia Sweig discussed historic changes to the relationship between the United States and Cuba.
See more in Cuba; Diplomacy and Statecraft
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
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
Taavi Rõivas, prime minister of Estonia, joins Blair Effron, founding partner at Centerview Partners and member of the board of directors at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss Estonia’s economic growth, regional security, and information technology sector.
See more in Estonia; Internet Policy; Global Governance
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
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.
See more in Afghanistan; Women
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