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.

Reimagining National Service

Speaker: Elisa Villanueva Beard
Speaker: Jonathan Koppell
Speaker: Stan A. McChrystal
Speaker: Tonia R. Wellons
Presider: Tom Brokaw

Experts share their perspectives on how service organizations can promote a culture of national service in the United States.

See more in United States; Military Leadership

Financing a New Ukraine

Speaker: Natalie Jaresko
Presider: Reuben Jeffery

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko discusses her country’s economy, including its ambitious reform agenda and recent International Monetary Fund package.

See more in Europe; International Finance

Charting a Future for the United Nations

Speaker: Bathsheba Crocker
Presider: Stuart Holliday

Bathsheba Crocker discusses the complex global challenges facing the United Nations, U.S. policies regarding the UN, and the arguments for investment in international organizations.

See more in Global; Global Governance

Saudi Arabia: A Look Ahead

Speakers: Helima Croft, F. Gregory Gause III, and Sarah Leah Whitson
Presider: Ethan Bronner

Experts discuss Saudi Arabia’s leadership transition and what it means for policymaking, oil prices, and human rights.

See more in Saudi Arabia; Human Rights; Oil

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

U.S. Policy Options in Ukraine

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

John E. Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and former  U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, join Washington Post associate editor Karen J. DeYoung to discuss Ukraine’s politics, policies, and options going forward.

See more in Ukraine; Conflict Assessment

James Clapper on Global Intelligence Challenges

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

Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., joins Frances Fragos Townsend, executive vice president at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., to discuss the state of the intelligence community, and current challenges and successes experienced across the enterprise.

See more in United States; Homeland Security; Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans and Robots in the Economy

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

MIT professor emeritus and Rethink Robotics’ founder Rodney Brooks, Carnegie Mellon’s Abhinav Gupta, and MIT’s Andrew McAfee, join Nicholas Thompson, editor at NewYorker.com, to discuss artificial intelligence (AI) and robot technology, and their economic impact on industry and society in the future.

See more in Global; Technology and Science

Mac Thornberry on the Budget, National Security, and Policy Reform

Speaker: Mac Thornberry
Presider: James Shinn

Mac Thornberry, U.S. Representative (R-TX) and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, joins Princeton University’s James Shinn to discuss threats to U.S. national security and Thornberry’s vision for the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees the budgets and policies of the military, Department of Defense, and the Pentagon.

See more in United States; Defense and Security

Geopolitical Implications of the Oil Price Plunge

Speakers: Michael Gfoeller and Angela E. Stent
Presider: Michael A. Levi

Michael Gfoeller, advisor at The Chertoff Group, David Goldwyn, president of Goldwyn Global Strategies, and Angela E. Stent, professor at Georgetown University, join CFR’S Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, to discuss the geopolitical implications of low oil prices.

See more in Global; Economics; Energy and Environment