About the Center

Michael A. LeviBrad Setser
Senior Fellow and Acting Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies


Welcome to the home of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. On this site, you will find information on our activities and publications. You will also find a list of our fellows, with links to biographical information and their publications. To contact us, please click on the Fellows tab on the left.


Founded in 2000, the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations works to promote a better understanding among policymakers, academic specialists, and the interested public of how economic and political forces interact to influence world affairs. Globalization is fast erasing the boundaries that have traditionally separated economics from foreign policy and national security issues. The growing integration of national economies is increasingly constraining the policy options that government leaders can consider, while government decisions are shaping the pace and course of global economic interactions. It is essential that policymakers and the public have access to rigorous analysis from an independent, nonpartisan source so that they can better comprehend our interconnected world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.

The center pursues its aims through:

  • Research carried out by Council fellows and adjunct fellows of outstanding merit and expertise in economics and foreign policy, disseminated through books, articles, and other mass media;

  • Meetings in New York, Washington, DC, and other select American cities where the world's most important economic policymakers and scholars address critical issues in a discussion or debate format, all involving direct interaction with Council members;

  • Sponsorship of roundtables and publications whose aims are to inform and help to set the public foreign-policy agenda in areas in which an economic component is integral;

  • Training of the next generation of policymakers, who will require fluency in the workings of markets as well as the mechanics of international relations.