Transcripts

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

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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World Economic Update

Speakers: Lewis Alexander, Joyce Chang, and Vincent Raymond Reinhart
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Lewis Alexander, Joyce Chang, and Vincent Reinhart discuss the world economy with CFR Senior Fellow Sebastian Mallaby.

This series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.

See more in International Finance; Financial Crises; Global

The Arab Uprisings: How Did We Get Here?

Speaker: Margaret MacMillan
Introductory Speaker: Rita E. Hauser
Presider: Richard N. Haass

Margaret MacMillan, warden at University of Oxford's St. Antony's College and professor of history at University of Toronto, gives an overview of the Arab uprisings and discusses the historical context and political consequences surrounding the events in the region.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

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Regional Consequences—The Geopolitics of the Changing Middle East

Speakers: Steven A. Cook, Marwa Daoudy, and Avi Shlaim
Presider: Michael Slackman

Steven A. Cook, Marwa Daoudy, and Avi Shlaim discuss the geopolitical consequences of the Arab uprisings and how these changes affect the Middle East.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

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Monarchies

Speakers: Mohamad Bazzi and Eugene Rogan
Presider: Raghida Dergham

Mohamad Bazzi, CFR's adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies and assistant professor of journalism at New York University, and Eugene Rogan, faculty fellow and university lecturer in the modern history of the Middle East at University of Oxford's St. Antony's College, discuss how Middle Eastern monarchies are responding to the pressures created by the Arab uprisings.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

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Prospects for Democracy

Speakers: Elliott Abrams and Michael Willis
Presider: James M. Lindsay

Elliott Abrams, CFR's senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, and Michael Willis, director of the Middle East Centre and King Mohamed VI fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean studies at University of Oxford's St. Antony's College, discuss the progress made in the movement toward democracy in the Middle East as a result of the Arab uprisings.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

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Aging Americans: Challenges and Innovations for Foreign Policy and the Private Sector

Speakers: Michael W. Hodin, Robert D. Hormats, and Jane E. Shaw
Presider: Susan Dentzer

The World Health Organization has deemed "Aging and Health" the theme of this year's World Health Day, observed on April 4, recognizing its importance as a global issue. As the United States moves toward a new demographic landscape—by 2020 the number of Americans older than the traditional retirement age will have grown considerably—policy implications and innovation are likely to follow at home and abroad. Please join Michael Hodin, Robert Hormats, and Jane Shaw to discuss what is in store for a rapidly graying United States with a focus on the public and private sectors.

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Islam and Politics

Speakers: Isobel Coleman, Ed Husain, and Michael Willis
Presider: Deborah S. Amos

Isobel Coleman, Ed Husain, and Michael Willis discuss the relationship between Islam and politics following the Arab uprisings, including how Islam affects women's and minority rights, democracy, and secularism.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Religion

Media Conference Call: U.S. Policy in Afghanistan

Speakers: Stephen D. Biddle and Max Boot
Presider: Jonathan Tepperman

Following the attack on Afghan civilians by a U.S. Army sergeant and the recent burning of Qurans by NATO soldiers, the United States' relationship with Afghanistan has come under sharp focus. Listen to CFR senior fellows Stephen Biddle and Max Boot discuss these events, the planned drawdown of U.S. troops by 2014, and the future of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan.

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Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy: A Trip Report: Sudan

Speakers: George Clooney, John Prendergast, Andudu Adam Elnail, and Omer Ismail
Presider: Ann Curry

Following their return from South Sudan with the Enough Project, George Clooney and John Prendergast assess the in-country situation in the year since southern Sudan's independence referendum, with Andudu Adam Elnail, Anglican bishop of Kadugli, Sudan, and Omer Ismail, Darfur activist and senior adviser at the Enough Project.

See more in Sudan; South Sudan; Wars and Warfare

Speaker: Robert D. Hormats
Presider: Thierry de Montbrial

Robert Hormats, Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the US Department of State, in a discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations points out his two important priorities--economic challenges of the Middle East and North Africa and the effort to bring China into the global system.

See more in United States; Global Governance