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The Academic Conference Call series provides the opportunity for students across the country and around the world to participate in an interactive conversation with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or other expert.
Calls take place every other week during the fall and spring semesters and are dedicated to a wide range of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy topics. Background readings are distributed prior to each call, and the audio recording is posted online afterward.
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.
CFR, along with the Global Access Pipeline (GAP) and the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), hosted the Conference on Diversity in International Affairs. The event was designed to connect professionals and students from underrepresented backgrounds with career opportunities in international affairs and included plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of topics.
The Foreign Affairs LIVE series brings together authors, Council members, and friends of the magazine for timely, in-depth discussions on significant global issues.
This symposium, created to address the broad spectrum of issues affecting Wall Street and international economics, was established through the generosity of a gift from CFR member Stephen C. Freidheim, chief investment officer, founder, and managing partner at Cyrus Capital Partners.
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.
All of us at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) were deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague and friend Arthur C. Helton in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. Arthur was one of our most distinguished senior fellows and a noted expert on refugee and humanitarian issues and international law. A respected lawyer and human rights activist, he devoted his life to improving the lives of others. At the time of his death, he was in Iraq to consult with the UN to help find ways to relieve human suffering there. Arthur was director of peace and conflict studies and senior fellow for refugee studies and preventive action at CFR.
He was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University Law School. Prior to joining CFR in 1999, he founded and directed the Forced Migration Project at the Open Society Institute and directed the Refugee Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now known as Human Rights First). To honor Arthur Helton and memorialize his work, Arthur's family and the Council on Foreign Relations established the Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture. Speakers address pressing issues in the broad field of human rights and humanitarian concerns at this annual CFR event.
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 Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism honors the memory of longtime Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member Kenneth A. Moskow. At the time of his death in 2008, he was president of American Venture Corporation, a real estate development company with projects in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. For most of his professional life, however, he worked in the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), first as an undercover operations officer in southern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean and later in senior positions at the Counterterrorism Center and as a field station chief. This event has been made possible by a generous bequest from Mr. Moskow, whose intent was to establish an annual meeting at CFR to bring together the leaders of the intelligence community and promote discussion on critical issues in counterterrorism.
Throughout his life and even in his death, Mr. Moskow challenged himself to pursue great heights. On September 11, 2008, he set out on an expedition with a group of former colleagues from the CIA to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. As he neared the summit eight days later, he collapsed and died from the effects of altitude. He was forty-eight years old. More than his many professional accomplishments, intellectual curiosity, and unwavering patriotism, Mr. Moskow is most remembered by his colleagues, friends, and family as a person with sterling character, boundless energy, a perpetual smile, and an unbridled passion for life. He believed strongly in the importance of public service and had the utmost respect for his colleagues in the intelligence community and the military who work tirelessly every day to make the world a safer place.
Led by a CFR scholar and/or religious community leader, the monthly CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series gives religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers the opportunity to participate in nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on global issues.
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 David Rockefeller Lecture was endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1985 for an annual African lecturer from either the governmental or nongovernmental sector.
The Russia and Russian-American Relations Lecture, sponsored by Alfa Bank, was established in spring 2003 by Mikhail Fridman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alfa Bank in Moscow. The series addresses Russian-American relations.
The Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy was established in fall 2002 and is funded by the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation. Mr. Schwartz is the retired chairman and CEO of Loral Space and Communication. The series focuses on two areas: the evolution of the relationship between business and government in the making of foreign policy, and ways for government to make better use of business in solving foreign policy problems and for business to become more engaged in the making of foreign policy.
The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.
The Voices of the Next Generation series seeks to bring CFR members together with fresh, young voices in the nation's foreign policy discourse.
The Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security 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. This lectureship 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 What to Do About... series highlights a specific issue and features experts who will put forward competing analyses and policy prescriptions in a mock high-level U.S. government meeting.
The Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology, which addresses issues at the intersection of science, technology, and foreign policy, has been endowed in perpetuity through a gift from CFR members Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener.
A spirited exchange among chief economists and leading financial analysts, the World Economic Update 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.