Transcripts

CFR maintains an archive of unedited transcripts from its on-the-record meetings. Separate archives of audio and video recordings are also available.

Menlo Park Meeting: U.S. Education Reform and National Security

Speakers: Julia Levy and Condoleezza Rice
Presider: Eric Schmidt

Condoleeza Rice and Julia Levy introduce and describe the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security, which is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative and asserts that fixing the nation's underperforming education system is critical for strengthening the country's security and increasing its economic competitiveness.

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U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, Stephen J. Hadley, and Steven A. Cook
Presiders: Anya Schmemann and David R. Ignatius

The new CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force report provides analysis and recommendations on Turkey's relationship with the United States; role within NATO; relations in the Middle East and Europe; political and social development; and place in the global economy.

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A Conversation with Network News Executives

Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Panelists: Stephen A. Capus, Ken Jautz, David Rhodes, and Benjamin B. Sherwood

Executives from NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, and CNN discuss the future of the news media, including the importance of international news coverage, the rise of online news, and the effects of technology on the industry.

This meeting was made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

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Next Steps for NATO

Speaker: Ivo H. Daalder
Presider: Michael Getler

Ahead of the mid-May NATO summit in Chicago, Ambassador Daalder discusses the alliance's priorities and future, as well as broader transatlantic relations.

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The Evolution and Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Speakers: Jorge G. Castañeda and Robert A. Pastor
Presider: James F. Hoge Jr.

Experts discuss outcomes of the 2012 elections in the United States and Mexico and look at both countries' post election agendas.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, U.S.-Mexico Relations Beyond the 2012 Election, which was made possible by the generous support of the Mexican Business Council.

See more in Mexico; Elections; Politics and Strategy; United States

Speaker: Erskine B. Bowles

Erskine Bowles at the HBO History Making Series shares that the United States is facing the most predictable yet the most avoidable economic crisis in history


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The Economic Roots of the Arab Spring

Speaker: Hernando de Soto
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Speaker

Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, which advises heads of state and governments worldwide; Author, The Other Path: The Invisible Revolution in the Third World and The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

Presider

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Poverty; Political Movements and Protests

Technology and Global Growth: A Conversation with Bill McDermott

Speaker: Bill McDermott
Presider: Peter Cook

SAP Co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott shares his view on how SAP is dealing with the changing impact of technology on the global economy and on policymakers.

This meeting is part of the Corporate Program's CEO Speaker Series, which provides a forum for leading global CEOs to share their priorities and insights before a high-level audience of CFR members. The series aims to educate the CFR membership on the private sector's important role in the policy debate by engaging the global business community's top leadership.



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Media Conference Call: April and the Americas

Speakers: Shannon K. O'Neil and Julia E. Sweig
Presider: Toni Johnson

This week, President Barack Obama held a North American Summit with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and Mexican president Felipe Calderón. Next week, he will host Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff for a state visit, before they both travel to the Summit of the Americans in Cartagena, Colombia.

Listen to CFR fellows Shannon K. O'Neil and Julia E. Sweig discuss these meetings, as well as Secretary Hillary Clinton's strategic partnership dialogue with Brazilian foreign minister Antonio Patriota that will be held immediately after the summit in Cartagena.

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