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CFR held a multisession symposium on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 4, 2014. The symposium brought together leading scholars and policymakers to explore the origins, conduct, and end of the Cold War, and featured a conversation with Henry A. Kissinger.
The Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy was established by the Behrman family in memory of Darryl G. Behrman (1950–2002), a founder and comanaging partner of Behrman Capital. He served as chairman of the board of Esoterix and Tandem Health Care and was a director of numerous other companies in the defense, health-care, and outsourcing industries. Previously, Behrman was a partner of Schroder Wertheim & Co., where he worked from 1981 to 1991. From 1974 to 1981, Behrman worked for Citicorp, in both its merchant banking group in New York and in London, where he headed the corporate finance group. Behrman earned an undergraduate degree in business from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and an MBA in finance and marketing from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. An avid explorer and outdoorsman, Behrman was a marathoner, triathlete, mountain climber, and held seven fly-fishing world records. He had an abiding passion for the continent of his birth and was in the process of expanding his work in Africa when he passed away unexpectedly on February 12, 2002.
The lecture is designed to bring Africa policy issues to greater prominence in the United States.
The CEO Speaker series is a unique forum for leading global CEOs to share their insights on issues that are at the center of commerce and foreign policy and to speak to the changing role of business in the international community. The series, sponsored by the Corporate Program, is one way that CFR seeks to integrate perspectives from the business community into ongoing dialogues on pressing policy issues, such as the international economic recovery, sustainable growth and job creation, and the expanding reach and impact of technology.
The Home Box Office History Makers Series focuses particular attention on the contributions made by a prominent individual at a critical juncture in U.S. foreign policy or at noteworthy moments in recent history.
The John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2002 in memory of John B. Hurford, a devoted member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). This series is supported by the Hurford Foundation and features individuals who represent critical new thinking in international affairs and foreign policy. A graduate of Haverford College and Harvard University, John B. Hurford spent two years in India through Fulbright fellowships, lecturing at the Institute for Economic Growth and the University of Delhi. He then began his business career at Lazard Frères and Company, where he worked on mergers, acquisitions, and investment research. In 1969, he joined BEA Associates, a New York–based investment management firm, as a managing director. In 1998, he became vice chairman of U.S. equities at Credit Suisse Asset Management, the
successor firm to BEA Associates. Hurford was deeply engaged in all CFR does and was especially interested in people who could bring a fresh approach to international affairs and foreign policy.
This monthly speaker series brings the world's foremost economic policymakers and scholars to address a high-level audience from the business and financial community on current topics in international economics, such as outsourcing, monetary policy, and competition policy.
This meeting series is sponsored by the Corporate Program
and the Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies
The Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture, inaugurated in 1969, was named for a charter member of the Council who served as its president from 1944 to 1946 and as its chairman from 1946 to 1953. This lecture is given by a distinguished foreign official, who is invited to address Council members on a topic of major international significance. This lectureship is made possible through the generosity of the Leffingwell family and the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company.
The David A. Morse Lecture was inaugurated in 1994, and supports an annual meeting with a distinguished speaker. It honors the memory of David A. Morse, an active Council on Foreign Relations member for nearly 30 years, a lawyer, a public servant, and an internationalist. Morse lecturers are invited to focus on one of David Morse’s many concerns, which included North-South relations, human rights, international organizations and labor, conflict resolution, and relations with Asia. The lecture is funded by gifts from Council members and friends of the Morse family.
The Renewing America Series examines how policies at home will directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.
The Voices of the Next Generation series seeks to bring CFR members together with fresh, young voices in the nation's foreign policy discourse.
This endowed lecture series is dedicated to the memory of Paul C. Warnke, member and former director of the Council on Foreign Relations. The series commemorates his legacy of courageous service to our nation and international peace. Paul Warnke is best known for serving as the chief U.S. negotiator for the 1978 Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. He was one of the first government figures to strongly support arms reductions as a means to security—an idea, radical at the time, that gradually gained currency. He also played a pivotal role in bringing about the Vietnam peace negotiations. The Warnke Lecture honors his ideals, courage, intellect, and his belief that America’s power brings with it a special responsibility in world affairs. The Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security was established by the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. Over eighty-five donors have contributed to the Warnke Lecture endowment fund to date, with gifts ranging from $50 to $50,000, making it one of the most contributed-to endowments in CFR history.
Each meeting in the series will highlight a specific issue and feature experts who will put forward competing analyses and policy prescriptions in a mock high-level U.S. government meeting.
A spirited exchange among chief economists and leading financial analysts, the WEU highlights the quarter's most important signals and emerging trends. Discussions cover changes in the global marketplace with special emphasis on current economic events and their implications for U.S. policy.