Event Audio

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.

NAFTA at Twenty

Speaker: Shannon K. O’Neil

Shannon K. O'Neil, CFR's senior fellow for Latin America studies, discusses the North American Free Trade Agreement at twenty and policy recommendations for the region, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.

See more in North America; Energy Policy; Trade

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: the Cold War’s Last Days

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary Elise Sarotte

CFR's Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary Elise Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

See more in United States; Russian Federation; History and Theory of International Relations; Wars and Warfare

From Coalition to Rivalry: The Soviet Union and United States at the Beginning of the Cold War

Speakers: Frank Costigliola, Melvyn P. Leffler, and Philip D. Zelikow
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Andrew Nagorski

Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, Melvyn P. Leffler of the University of Virginia, and Philip D. Zelikow of the University of Virginia join Andrew Nagorski, former president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute, to discuss key events and ideologies that formed the origins of the Cold War.

See more in Russian Federation; United States; History and Theory of International Relations; Wars and Warfare

Agriculture and Technology: Improving Farming, Food Security, and Funding

Speakers: Andras Forgacs, Robert Leclerc, and Mark Rosegrant
Presider: Carol C. Adelman

Andras Forgacs of Modern Meadow, Robert Leclerc of AgFunder, and Mark Rosegrant of the International Food Policy Research Institute join Carol C. Adelman, senior fellow and director of the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute, to discuss emerging technologies in the agriculture sector.

See more in Global; Food Security; Technology and Science

Responding to the Ebola Crisis

Speaker: Michael T. Osterholm

Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, discusses the Ebola crisis and pandemic preparedness in light of the recent cases in the United States, as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call series.

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

Big Data, Big Potential

Speaker: Kalev Leetaru
Presider: Vivian Schiller

Kalev Leetaru, 2013-2014 Yahoo! fellow in residence at Georgetown University, joins media executive Vivian Schiller to discuss big data and its uses in policymaking, education, and beyond.

See more in Global; Digital Infrastructure

A Military Perspective on Humanitarian Intervention

Speakers: John P. Abizaid and F.J. “Bing” West
Presider: Kathleen Troia McFarland

John P. Abizaid, retired U.S. Army general, and F.J. Bing West, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs at the Department of Defense, join Kathleen Troia McFarland, national security analyst at Fox News, to provide insight and on-the-ground perspective on intervention efforts over the past twenty years.

See more in Global; Humanitarian Intervention

Hans Blix on a Legacy of Nuclear Safeguards and Inspections

Speaker: Hans Blix
Presider: Mitchel B. Wallerstein

Hans Blix, former executive chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), joins Mitchel B. Wallerstein, president of Baruch College, to discuss Blix's experiences.

See more in Global; Weapons of Mass Destruction

Stephen Hadley Looks Back on 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Speaker: Stephen J. Hadley
Presider: Elise Labott

Stephen J. Hadley, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush, joins CNN's Global Affairs Correspondent, Elise Labott, to discuss his experiences in foreign policy and national security. Hadley reflects on the evolution of terror groups since 9/11, changes in intelligence strategy, decisions made in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the effects of those decisions on today's challenges in the Middle East and Russia.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

Rethinking Good Governance

Speaker: Brian Levy
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Isobel Coleman hosts Brian Levy, senior adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, for a discussion on the relationship between good governance and economic progress.

See more in Global; Global Governance

China and Japan's Perspectives on North Korea

Speakers: Bonnie S. Glaser and Sheila A. Smith
Presider: Marcus Noland

Bonnie S. Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith join Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, to discuss Chinese and Japanese perceptions towards North Korea since the death of Kim Jong-il.

See more in North Korea; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights