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.

Media Conference Call: Assessing Netanyahu's Speech

Speakers: Robert M. Danin and Ray Takeyh
Presider: Gideon Rose

CFR experts Robert Danin and Ray Takeyh discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3, 2015 speech before a joint session of U.S. Congress. Experts discuss U.S.-Israel relations, Prime Minister Netanyahu's strategic objectives, and ongoing talks over Iran's nuclear program.

See more in Israel; Iran; Presidents and Chiefs of State; Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

Inside Ukraine

Speakers: John E. Herbst and Matthew Rojansky
Presider: Karen J. DeYoung

Experts dissect Ukraine’s politics, policies, and options going forward.

See more in Ukraine; Conflict Assessment

Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism With James R. Clapper Jr.

Speaker: James R. Clapper Jr.
Presider: Frances Fragos Townsend

Director Clapper discusses the state of the intelligence community, and addresses current challenges and successes experienced across the enterprise.

The Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism honors the memory of longtime Council member Kenneth A. Moskow, who made this event possible through a generous bequest. His intent was to establish an annual event to bring together the leaders of the intelligence community and promote discussion on critical issues in counterterrorism.

See more in United States; Homeland Security; Intelligence

Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology: Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of Robots

Speakers: Rodney Brooks, Abhinav Gupta, and Andrew McAfee
Presider: Nicholas Thompson

Experts discuss artificial intelligence and robot technology, and their economic impact on industry and society over the next decade.

The Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology addresses issues at the intersection of science, technology, and foreign policy.

See more in Global; Technology and Science

Conveying War Through Fiction: The Insight of Veterans

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join PEN American Center's Peter Godwin, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

See more in United States; Veterans Affairs; Media and Foreign Policy

The Role of Religious Environmentalism

Speaker: Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker, codirector of Yale University’s Forum on Religion and Ecology, discusses the role of faith-based organizations in global efforts to address climate change, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

See more in Global; Religion; Energy and Environment

Media Call: Measles Outbreak in the United States

Speakers: Laurie Garrett and Richard E. Besser
Presider: Thomas E. Novotny

Laurie Garrett, CFR's senior fellow for global health, and Richard Besser, ABC News' chief health and medical editor join Thomas Novotny, San Diego University's associate director for border and global health, for a conference call on the recent measles outbreak in the United States and its effect on public health.

See more in United States; Diseases, Infectious; Health Policy and Initiatives

What to Do About U.S.-India Relations

Speakers: Alyssa Ayres, Robert D. Blackwill, and Stephen P. Cohen
Presider: John D. Negroponte

Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, join John D. Negroponte, vice chairman at McLarty Associates, to discuss U.S.-India relations.

See more in India; Economic Development; Politics and Strategy

Xi Jinping's Economic Reforms and Consolidation of Power

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, Jin-Yong Cai, David M. Cote, and Jon Huntsman
Introductory Speaker: Henry M. Paulson
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy

Madeleine K. Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the International Finance Corporation, David M. Cote, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell, and Jon Huntsman, chairman of the Atlantic Council, join CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies, to discuss the political, economic, and security aspects of the U.S.-China relationship and their policy implications.

See more in China; Defense and Security; Economics

Janet Napolitano Looks Back on Border Control, Cyber Policy, and Leadership in Homeland Security

Speaker: Janet Napolitano
Presider: Mary McInnis Boies

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), joins CFR Board Member Mary McInnis Boies, to discuss Napolitano’s career. Napolitano reflects on border control, cybersecurity, intelligence capabilities, and leadership.

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Media Call on President Obama's Trip to India

Speaker: Alyssa Ayres

This weekend, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit India twice and the first to be a guest for India's Republic Day. The upcoming meeting comes only four months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the White House. Alyssa Ayres, CFR senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discussed what to expect from the president's visit.

See more in India; United States; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Falling Oil Prices, Europe's Quantitative Easing, Nervous Markets: The Global Economy at the Start of 2015

Speakers: Lewis Alexander, Philippe Legrain, and Michael A. Levi
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Nomura Securities' Lewis Alexander, LSE's Philippe Legrain, and CFR's Michael A. Levi, join CFR's Sebastian Mallaby, to discuss the global economy in 2015. The panel discusses oil prices, quantitative easing in Europe, and Greece and Russia’s economies.

See more in Global; Economics

Dean and Norquist on the Successes and Failures of LBJ's Great Society

Speakers: Howard Dean and Grover Norquist
Presider: Michael P. Hirsh

Howard Dean, senior strategic advisor and independent consultant at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and former governor of Vermont, and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, join Michael P. Hirsh, national editor at Politico, to discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson’s broad social agenda, the Great Society.

See more in United States; Health Policy and Initiatives; Budget, Debt, and Deficits

Protecting Retirement Security: the Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Bradley D. Belt, vice chairman of Orchard Global Asset Management, Janet Cowell, treasurer of the state of North Carolina, and Scott Stringer, comptroller of the City of New York, join Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

See more in United States; Budget, Debt, and Deficits