The Elihu Root Lecture

The Elihu Root Lecture was inaugurated in 1958 to honor a founder of the Council on Foreign Relations who served as its Honorary President from 1921 to 1937. This lecture invites a distinguished American to reflect on his or her professional experience and how it applies to contemporary American foreign policymaking. Past Root lecturers have included Robert McNamara, Jacob Javits, William Fulbright, George Kennan, George Ball, and MacGeorge Bundy, among others.

Recent Root Lectures:

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Elihu Root Lecture with General Myers

Presider John McWethySpecial Correspondent, ABC News
Speaker Richard B. MyersChairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

February 11, 2004

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In Search of National Security

Presider George E. Rupp

President, International Rescue Committee


Speaker Gary Hart

Of Counsel, Coudert Brothers

January 21, 2003

This meeting is on the record.

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Integrating Africa into the World Economy: The Challenges Ahead

Presider Henry KaufmanPresident, Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc.
Speaker James D. WolfensohnPresident, World Bank Group

June 14, 2001

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Economic Task Force on Russia - Session IV

May 14, 2001

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American Power: Hegemony, Isolationism or Engagement

Presider Leslie H. GelbPresident, Council on Foreign Relations
Speaker Samuel R. BergerU.S. National Security Adviser

October 21, 1999

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U.S. Defense Priorities: Engagement and Isolationism

Presider Peter G. PetersonChairman, The Blackstone Group; Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
Speaker William S. CohenU.S. Secretary of Defense

December 14, 1998

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U.S. Trade Negotiations: Lessons Learned, Lessons Applied

Presider Julia Chang Bloch
Speaker Mickey KantorPartner, Mayer, Brown & Platt, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce; former U.S. Trade Representative

November 5, 1997

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