Event Transcripts

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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

Media Call on Nigeria

Speakers: John Campbell and Johnnie Carson
Presider: Robert McMahon

CFR Senior Fellow and former ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Senior Advisor at the United States Institute of Peace Johnnie Carson discussed the recent violence and kidnappings in northern Nigeria and preparations for the World Economic Forum starting in Abuja.

See more in Nigeria; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

Global Economy Continues to Strengthen, but Concerns Remain

Speakers: Lewis Alexander, Peter R. Fisher, and Vincent Raymond Reinhart
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Lewis Alexander of Nomura Securities, Dartmouth's Peter Fisher, and Vincent Reinhart of Morgan Stanley sit down with CFR's Sebastian Mallaby to provide an overview of the current state of the world economy and to identify potential trouble spots on the horizon.

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

See more in Global; Economics

What To Do About Syria

Speakers: Ryan Crocker, Charles W. Dunne, and Paul Pillar
Presider: Richard N. Haass

More than three years after the start of the Syrian civil war, debates continue about what role, if any, the United States should play in the conflict. Ryan Crocker of Texas A&M, Freedom House's Charles Dunne, and Paul Pillar of Georgetown University join CFR President Richard N. Haass to outline the courses of action available to the United States and debate whether U.S. intervention would be desirable or effective.

See more in Syria; Conflict Assessment