Event Transcripts

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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.

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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.

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Resources to Riches? What’s Needed to Create Sustainable Resource Development

Speakers: Christine Bader, Marcus Noland, and Ann M. Veneman

Christine Bader, visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University, Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and
Ann M. Veneman, former executive director at UNICEF and former U.S. secretary of agriculture, join Peter H. Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council to dicuss their experiences with agriculture and extractive industries in resource-rich developing countries.

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Internet Governance After Busan: What’s Next?

Speakers: Christopher Painter and Lawrence Strickling
Presider: Nuala O’Connor

Christopher Painter, coordinator of the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State, Daniel Sepulveda, deputy assistant secretary and U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the U.S. Department of State,  and Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information at the U.S. Department of Commerce, join Nuala O’Connor, president and chief executive officer at the Center for Democracy & Technology, to discuss the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference in Busan, South Korea, and what comes next.

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Mobile’s Rise in the Future of the Internet

Speakers: Dominique Lazanski, Robert Pepper, and Jonathan Spalter
Presider: Craig Mundie

Dominique Lazanski, director of Public Policy at GSMA, Robert Pepper, vice president of global technology policy at Cisco Systems, and Jonathan Spalter, chairman at Mobile Future, join Craig Mundie, senior advisor to the chief executive officer at Microsoft, to discuss technological change and the move to mobile devices.

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The ITU: Building Connectivity and Cooperation in Internet Governance

Speakers: Andrea Glorioso, Jeferson Nacif, and Eric Osiakwan
Introductory Speaker: James M. Lindsay
Presider: Aparna Sridhar

Andrea Glorioso, European Union information and communications technologies attaché to the United States, Jeferson Nacif, head of international affairs at the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications, and Eric Osiakwan, executive secretary of the Ghana Internet Service Providers Association, join Aparna Sridhar, counsel at Google, Inc. to discuss internet governance issues and the role of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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ISIS, Cyberattacks, and Other Threats to Homeland Security

Speaker: Michael McCaul
Presider: Jane Holl Lute

Michael McCaul, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives, joins Jane Holl Lute, president and chief executive officer at the Council on CyberSecurity, to discuss the growth of ISIS, foreign fighters, and threats to U.S. homeland security.

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: the Cold War’s Last Days

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary Elise Sarotte

CFR's Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary Elise Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

See more in United States; Russian Federation; Wars and Warfare; History and Theory of International Relations

From Coalition to Rivalry: The Soviet Union and United States at the Beginning of the Cold War

Speakers: Frank Costigliola, Melvyn P. Leffler, and Philip D. Zelikow
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Andrew Nagorski

Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, Melvyn P. Leffler of the University of Virginia, and Philip D. Zelikow of the University of Virginia join Andrew Nagorski, former president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute, to discuss key events and ideologies that formed the origins of the Cold War.

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Agriculture and Technology: Improving Farming, Food Security, and Funding

Speakers: Andras Forgacs, Robert Leclerc, and Mark Rosegrant
Presider: Carol C. Adelman

Andras Forgacs of Modern Meadow, Robert Leclerc of AgFunder, and Mark Rosegrant of the International Food Policy Research Institute join Carol C. Adelman, senior fellow and director of the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute, to discuss emerging technologies in the agriculture sector.

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Big Data, Big Potential

Speaker: Kalev Leetaru
Presider: Vivian Schiller

Kalev Leetaru, 2013 - 2014 Yahoo! Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University, joins media executive Vivian Schiller to discuss big data and its uses in policymaking, education, and beyond.

See more in Global; Digital Infrastructure