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:

Elihu Root Lecture with General Myers

Speaker: Richard B. Myers, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Presider: John McWethy, Special Correspondent, ABC News

February 11, 2004

This meeting is not for attribution.

In Search of National Security

Speaker: Gary Hart, Of Counsel, Coudert Brothers
Presider: George E. Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee

January 21, 2003

This meeting is on the record.


Integrating Africa into the World Economy: The Challenges Ahead

Speaker: James D. Wolfensohn, President, World Bank Group
Presider: Henry Kaufman, President, Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc.

June 14, 2001

This meeting is not for attribution.

Economic Task Force on Russia - Session IV

May 14, 2001

This meeting is not for attribution.

American Power: Hegemony, Isolationism or Engagement

Speaker: Samuel R. Berger, U.S. National Security Adviser
Presider: Leslie H. Gelb, President, Council on Foreign Relations

October 21, 1999

This meeting is not for attribution.

U.S. Defense Priorities: Engagement and Isolationism

Speaker: William S. Cohen, U.S. Secretary of Defense
Presider: Peter G. Peterson, Chairman, The Blackstone Group; Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations

December 14, 1998

This meeting is not for attribution.

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

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

November 5, 1997

This meeting is not for attribution.