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

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In Search of National Security

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Integrating Africa into the World Economy: The Challenges Ahead

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Economic Task Force on Russia - Session IV

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American Power: Hegemony, Isolationism or Engagement

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U.S. Defense Priorities: Engagement and Isolationism

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

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