News Briefings

The Communications Department organizes briefings for members of the news media with CFR experts—usually in Washington, DC—in advance of major international events, such as summit meetings and presidential trips, or on timely issues in the news. Below is a list of the transcripts made from press briefings.

Geithner Signals Regulatory Shift

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, speaking at CFR, pledged a new plan to regulate systemic risks to the financial system, including enhanced oversight of "non-banks," even as the government moves to rescue the U.S. banking system.


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Medvedev Says He Seeks Fresh Start with Obama

Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev, speaking at CFR on Saturday, said Moscow viewed the changing of the guard in the White House as a chance for revitalization of U.S.-Russian ties after years of deteriorating relations.

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Karzai Says Pakistan Holds Key to Ending Afghan Violence

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Pakistan holds the key to securing Afghanistan five years after the ouster of the Taliban. He told a Council on Foreign Relations meeting that terrorism and Taliban elements rooted in Pakistan were the contributing greatly to his country's security woes.

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Ahmadinejad Spars With CFR Members

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran sparred with a senior group from the Council on Foreign Relations for ninety minutes Wednesday on virtually every contentious issue between the United States and Iran.

See more in Proliferation; Iran

Peres Says Mistakes Made In War; Iran Must Be Checked

Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres says the deaths of nearly sixty Lebanese civilians in an Israeli air strike was a "mistake" of wartime. In a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, he said Israel finds itself in a war with no clear end, and warned that Iran's regional ambitions must be reined in.

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News Brief: Observers, Opposition Supporters Contest Belarus Poll Results

Supporters of Belarusian opposition candidate Alexander Milinkevich defied bans on public rallies to protest reports of widespread fraud during the March 19 presidential polls that overwhelmingly re-elected Alexander Lukashenka as president of the former Soviet republic. But, as's Lionel Beehner reports from Minsk, protesters began streaming back home Tuesday evening as the cold Eurasian night began to fall.

See more in Elections; Belarus