Event Transcripts

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

Fatih Birol on Africa and Its Energy Production

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 edition of the World Energy Outlook, which focuses on sub-Saharan Africa.

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Resources to Riches? The Creation of 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 adviser 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.

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

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.

See more in Global; Food Security; Technology and Science

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

A Military Perspective on Humanitarian Intervention

Speakers: John P. Abizaid and F.J. “Bing” West
Presider: Kathleen Troia McFarland

John P. Abizaid, retired U.S. Army General, and F.J. "Bing" West, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs at the Department of Defense, join Kathleen Troia McFarland, national security analyst at Fox News, to provide insight and on-the-ground perspective on intervention efforts over the past twenty years.

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The Evolution of Humanitarian Intervention, Session 1: The State of Humanitarian Intervention

Speakers: Gary Bass, Ed Luck, and Robert A. Pape
Presider: Nancy E. Soderberg

Experts discuss the evolution of humanitarian intervention at a symposium hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. The symposium is also cosponsored by the Council's Center for Preventive Action and International Institutions and Global Governance program.

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