Transcripts

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Iran: The Nuclear Challenge

Speakers: Elliott Abrams, Robert M. Danin, and Richard A. Falkenrath
Presider: Robert D. Blackwill

A panel discussion marking the release of Iran: The Nuclear Challenge, a forthcoming Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) ebook. The essays in this volume, all authored by fellows in CFR's David Rockefeller Studies Program and edited by Robert Blackwill, inform readers on how, not what, to think about Iran's nuclear activities.

See more in Iran; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation

The Lasting Legacy of George F. Kennan

Speaker: John Lewis Gaddis
Presider: Richard N. Haass

John Lewis Gaddis, author of George F. Kennan: An American Life, discusses the diplomatic and personal legacy of George F. Kennan, former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union.

This meeting is part of a series hosted with the National History Center featuring prominent historians who will examine the events and times that shaped foreign policy as we know it today.

See more in United States; History and Theory of International Relations

National Teleconference: The State of the World’s Refugees: From Indifference to Solidarity

Speaker: António Guterres
Presider: George Rupp

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres explains how the increasing number of new crises around the world, in areas such as Syria, Sudan/South Sudan, and Mali, has revealed that the capacity of the international community to present conflict is considerably limited.

This meeting is part of the Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture series, which was established by the Council and the family of Arthur C. Helton, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who died in the August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. The Helton Lectureship is an annual event at which one or more speakers address pressing issues in the broad field of human rights and humanitarian concerns.

See more in Refugees and the Displaced; Global

A Conversation with Senator Marco Rubio

Speaker: Marco Rubio
Presider: Richard Stengel

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) discusses his points of views on current events, such as the situation in Syria, the Arab Spring and the current state of Affairs in Egypt, and Iran's nuclear weapons program and the debate over an Israeli military strike.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

A Conversation with General C. Robert Kehler

Speaker: General C. Robert Kehler
Presider: Franklin C. Miller

General C. Robert Kehler discusses the future of U.S. strategic nuclear forces, as well as U.S. Strategic Command's broader mission to deter and detect attacks against the U.S. and its allies, prepare for emerging threats around the world, and defend the nation as directed.

See more in Missile Defense; United States; Defense and Security

mDevelopment: Harnessing Mobile Technology for Global Economic Growth

Speakers: Ann Mei Chang, Alex Counts, and Scott Ratzan
Introductory Speaker: Cherie Blair
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Ann Mei Chang, Alex Counts, and Scott C. Ratzan discuss innovative ways mobile technology can be leveraged to foster economic growth, empower women, improve public health, and alleviate poverty.

The Women and Technology Roundtable Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of ExxonMobil.

See more in Women; Telecommunications; Global

Atlanta Meeting: HBO History Makers Series with Jimmy Carter

Speaker: Jimmy Carter
Presider: Douglas G. Brinkley

Former president Jimmy Carter discusses the foreign policy accomplishments of his administration, as well as his work with the Carter Center.

The Home Box Office History Makers Series focuses particular attention on the contributions made by a prominent individual at a critical juncture in international relations.

See more in United States; Diplomacy and Statecraft; Presidents and Chiefs of State

Menlo Park Meeting: U.S. Education Reform and National Security

Speakers: Julia Levy and Condoleezza Rice
Presider: Eric Schmidt

Condoleeza Rice and Julia Levy introduce and describe the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security, which is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative and asserts that fixing the nation's underperforming education system is critical for strengthening the country's security and increasing its economic competitiveness.

See more in United States; Education; Learning Technologies

U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, Stephen J. Hadley, and Steven A. Cook
Presiders: Anya Schmemann and David R. Ignatius

The new CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force report provides analysis and recommendations on Turkey's relationship with the United States; role within NATO; relations in the Middle East and Europe; political and social development; and place in the global economy.

See more in Turkey; United States; Politics and Strategy

A Conversation with Network News Executives

Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Panelists: Stephen A. Capus, Ken Jautz, David Rhodes, and Benjamin B. Sherwood

Executives from NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, and CNN discuss the future of the news media, including the importance of international news coverage, the rise of online news, and the effects of technology on the industry.

This meeting was made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

See more in United States

Next Steps for NATO

Speaker: Ivo H. Daalder
Presider: Michael Getler

Ahead of the mid-May NATO summit in Chicago, Ambassador Daalder discusses the alliance's priorities and future, as well as broader transatlantic relations.

See more in NATO; Global