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.

Transcript: Foreign Affairs Media Call on Iraq and ISIS

Speakers: Steven Simon and Barak Mendelsohn
Presider: Gideon Rose

Steven Simon, former senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs at the National Security Council, and Barak Mendelsohn, associate professor of political science at Haverford College discuss the fight between the Iraqi government and the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

See more in Iraq; Terrorism

What To Do About Russia and Ukraine

Speakers: Karen E. Donfried, Robert Kahn, and Stephen Sestanovich
Presider: Richard N. Haass

Ukraine's recently held presidential election has been deemed a success, but the country faces a number of continuing challenges including an ongoing separatist rebellion in the east. Karen Donfried of the German Marshall Fund and CFR Fellows Robert Kahn and Stephen Sestanovich join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and its implications for U.S. foreign policy.

See more in Russian Federation; Ukraine; Politics and Strategy

Conference Call on Mobile Finance, Cash Grants, and Poverty Relief

Speakers: Rodger Voorhies and Christopher Blattman
Presider: Gideon Rose

Rodger Voorhies, director of the Financial Services for the Poor Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Christopher Blattman, assistant professor of political science and international affairs at Columbia University, discuss how mobile finance and direct cash grants are revolutionizing global efforts to alleviate poverty. The moderator is Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs.

See more in Global; Technology and Science