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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

The Role of Religious Environmentalism

Speaker: Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker, codirector of Yale University’s Forum on Religion and Ecology, discusses the role of faith-based organizations in global efforts to address climate change, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

See more in Global; Religion; Energy and Environment

What To Do About U.S.-India Relations

Speakers: Alyssa Ayres, Robert D. Blackwill, and Stephen P. Cohen
Presider: John D. Negroponte

Alyssa Ayres, CFR's senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, CFR's Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, join John D. Negroponte, vice chairman at McLarty Associates, to discuss U.S.-India relations.

See more in India; Economic Development; Politics and Strategy

Xi Jinping's Economic Reforms and Consolidation of Power

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, Jin-Yong Cai, David M. Cote, and Jon Huntsman
Introductory Speaker: Henry M. Paulson
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy

Madeleine K. Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the International Finance Corporation, David M. Cote, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell, and Jon Huntsman, chairman of the Atlantic Council, join Elizabeth C. Economy, CFR's C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and director for Asia studies, to discuss the political, economic, and security aspects of the U.S.-China relationship and their policy implications.

See more in China; Economics; Defense and Security

Janet Napolitano Looks Back on Border Control, Cyber Policy, and Leadership in Homeland Security

Speaker: Janet Napolitano
Presider: Mary McInnis Boies

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), joins CFR Board Member Mary McInnis Boies, to discuss Napolitano’s career. Napolitano reflects on border control, cybersecurity, intelligence capabilities, and leadership.

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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