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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.

Saudi Arabia: A Look Ahead

Speakers: Helima Croft, F. Gregory Gause III, and Sarah Leah Whitson
Presider: Ethan Bronner

Experts discuss Saudi Arabia’s leadership transition and what it means for policymaking, oil prices, and human rights.

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James Clapper on Global Intelligence Challenges

Speaker: James R. Clapper Jr.
Presider: Frances Fragos Townsend

Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., joins Frances Fragos Townsend, executive vice president at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., to discuss the state of the intelligence community, and current challenges and successes experienced across the enterprise.

See more in United States; Homeland Security; Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans and Robots in the Economy

Speakers: Rodney Brooks, Abhinav Gupta, and Andrew McAfee
Presider: Nicholas Thompson

MIT professor emeritus and Rethink Robotics’ founder Rodney Brooks, Carnegie Mellon’s Abhinav Gupta, and MIT’s Andrew McAfee, join Nicholas Thompson, editor at NewYorker.com, to discuss artificial intelligence (AI) and robot technology, and their economic impact on industry and society in the future.

See more in Global; Technology and Science

Democracy and Religious Tolerance in Tunisia

Speaker: Alfred C. Stepan

Alfred C. Stepan, founding director of Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, discusses democracy and religious tolerance in Tunisia, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

See more in Tunisia; Democratization; Religion

Security and Democratic Governance in Nigeria

Speaker: John Campbell

John Campbell, CFR’s Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, discusses the political and security implications of Nigeria’s Independent National Elections Commission’s decision to postpone the February 14, 2015 presidential elections until March 28, 2015, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.

See more in Nigeria; Regional Security; Terrorism

Mac Thornberry on the Budget, National Security, and Policy Reform

Speaker: Mac Thornberry
Presider: James Shinn

Mac Thornberry, U.S. Representative (R-TX) and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, joins Princeton University’s James Shinn to discuss threats to U.S. national security and Thornberry’s vision for the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees the budgets and policies of the military, Department of Defense, and the Pentagon.

See more in United States; Defense and Security

Geopolitical Implications of the Oil Price Plunge

Speakers: Michael Gfoeller, David Goldwyn, and Angela E. Stent
Presider: Michael A. Levi

Michael Gfoeller, advisor at The Chertoff Group, David Goldwyn, president of Goldwyn Global Strategies, and Angela E. Stent, professor at Georgetown University, join CFR’S Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, to discuss the geopolitical implications of low oil prices.

See more in Global; Economics; Energy and Environment

Economic Winners and Losers in the Oil Price Plunge

Speakers: Charles Collyns, James Stock, and Mark Zandi
Presider: Bianna Golodryga

Charles Collyns, managing director and chief economist at the Institute of International Finance, James Stock, economics professor at Harvard University, and Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, join Yahoo! News anchor Bianna Golodryga, to exchange views on the recent oil price plunge.

See more in Global; Economics; Energy and Environment

Low Oil Prices: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Headed?

Speakers: Howard K. Gruenspecht, Edward L. Morse, and Katherine B. Spector
Introductory Speaker: Michael A. Levi
Presider: Betty Liu

Howard K. Gruenspecht, deputy administrator at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Edward L. Morse, global head of commodities research at Citibank, and Katherine B. Spector, head of commodities research at CIBC World Markets, join Bloomberg’s editor-at-large Betty Liu, to discuss the history and future of oil prices.

See more in Global; Energy and Environment; Economics

Child Marriage Amid Disaster and Conflict

Speaker: Kristin Kim Bart
Presider: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Though data is scarce given conditions on the ground, reports of child marriage abound amid natural disaster and conflict; parents desperate to protect their daughters may view the practice as their best option. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Kristin Kim Bart discuss strategies to protect girls from child marriage and gender-based violence in fragile states.

See more in Global; Children; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

Global Governance: Where is it Headed and Can it Deliver?

Speaker: Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Introductory Speaker: Dan Caldwell

Joseph S. Nye Jr., Harvard University distinguished service professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Stewart M. Patrick, senior fellow and director of the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, discuss the state of global governance at the International Studies Association 2015 Annual Convention, as part of CFR's Academic Outreach Initiative.

See more in Global; Global Governance

Soldier-Authors: The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in New Works of Fiction

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join PEN American Center's Peter Godwin, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

See more in United States; Veterans Affairs; Media and Foreign Policy

U.S. Policy Options in Ukraine

Speakers: John E. Herbst and Matthew Rojansky

John E. Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and former  U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, join Washington Post associate editor Karen J. DeYoung to discuss Ukraine’s politics, policies, and options going forward.

See more in Ukraine; Conflict Assessment