Event Transcripts

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United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Speaker: Valerie Amos
Presider: George Rupp

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins George Rupp, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and professor of health, religion, and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.

The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.

See more in Global; International Organizations and Alliances

Media Conference Call: Farah Pandith on Violent Extremism

Interviewer: Jonathan Masters
Interviewee: Farah Pandith

Farah Pandith, CFR adjunct senior fellow and the first-ever State Department special representative to Muslim communities, put the January 7, 2015 massacre at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in context, explain the appeal of violent Islamic extremism, and offer a long-term strategy to combat extremist ideology.

See more in France; Radicalization and Extremism

Media Conference Call: North Korean Cyberattack on Sony Pictures

Speakers: Adam Segal and Scott A. Snyder
Presider: Robert McMahon

Adam Segal, CFR senior fellow for China studies, and Scott A. Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies, discussed the cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the studio's decision to cancel its release of The Interview, a comedy that reportedly depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

See more in North Korea; Cybersecurity; Homeland Security

Dupont’s Ellen Kullman on Science and Innovation

Speaker: Ellen Kullman
Presider: Alan S. Murray

Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont, joins Alan S. Murray, editor at  Fortune Magazine, to discuss global competitiveness. Kullman describes Dupont’s deep portfolio strategy, and innovations ranging from drought-resistant cultivars to biofuel to golf ball materials.

See more in Global; Innovation; Competitiveness

NY Event: Addressing the Chronic Disease Crisis in Developing Countries

Speakers: Thomas E. Donilon, Barbara Byrne, and Thomas J. Bollyky
Presider: Juju Chang

Task Force Co-Chair Thomas E. Donilon, Task Force Project Director Thomas J. Bollyky, and Task Force member Barbara Byrne, join Juju Chang, coanchor of ABC News’ Nightline, to discuss the Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored Independent Task Force Report on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends practical, scalable strategies for intervention.

See more in Global; Diseases, Noncommunicable

Fatou Bensouda on the International Criminal Court and Gender-Based Crimes

Speaker: Fatou Bensouda
Presider: David J. Scheffer

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins David J. Scheffer, the secretary-general's special expert on UN assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials at the United Nations and professor of law at Northwestern University school of law, to discuss the ICC’s policy and protocol in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes.

See more in Global; International Law; Human Rights

The Ebola Crisis in Liberia and Sierra Leone: an Update

Speakers: Nancy A. Aossey, Laurie Garrett, and David Nabarro
Presider: Richard E. Besser

Nancy A. Aossey, president and chief executive officer at International Medical Corps, Laurie Garrett, CFR’s senior fellow for global health and author of Ebola: Story of an Outbreak, and David Nabarro, the UN’s special envoy on Ebola, join Richard E. Besser, chief health and medical editor at ABC News, to discuss the panelists’ recent trips to West African Ebola-treatment units and developments in the international response to the crisis.

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

DC Event: Addressing the Chronic Disease Crisis in Developing Countries

Speakers: Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Thomas E. Donilon, and Thomas J. Bollyky
Presider: Massimo F. T. Calabresi

Task Force Co-Chairs Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. and Thomas E. Donilon and Task Force Project Director Thomas J. Bollyky, join Time magazine Senior Correspondent Massimo F.T. Calabresi, to discuss the Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored Independent Task Force Report on Noncommunicable Diseases(NCDs), which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends practical, scalable strategies for intervention.

See more in Global; Health; Economic Development

The Federal Reserve's Stanley Fischer on Inflation and Financial Stability

Speaker: Stanley Fischer
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Laurence D. Fink

Stanley Fischer, vice chairman of the board of governors at the Federal Reserve System, joins
Laurence D. Fink, chairman and chief executive officer at BlackRock and member of the board of directors at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss how the Federal Reserve system has evolved over time, and challenges for the future.

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The Federal Reserve Then and Now: Better Equipped to Avert Crises?

Speakers: Liaquat Ahamed, Willem Buiter, and Mark Gertler
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, Willem Buiter, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and global chief economist at Citigroup, and Mark Gertler, professor of economics at New York University and member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Academic Advisory Board, join Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the history of the Federal Reserve and its future.

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Former Central Bankers on the Federal Reserve and Financial Stability

Speakers: Arminio Fraga, Jacob A. Frenkel, Philipp Hildebrand, and Mervyn King
Presider: Roger C. Altman

Arminio Fraga, former president at the Central Bank of Brazil, Jacob A. Frenkel, former governor at the Bank of Israel, Philipp Hildebrand, former chairman at the Swiss National Bank, Mervyn King, distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former governor at the Bank of England, join Roger C. Altman, former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to discuss their experiences as central bankers and insights into past financial crises.

See more in Global; Financial Regulation

Fatih Birol on the World Energy Outlook 2014

Speaker: Fatih Birol
Presider: Michelle Patron

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, joins Michelle Patron, senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council, to discuss the current energy landscape and key findings from the 2014 World Energy Outlook.

See more in Global; Energy Policy