The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called fellows). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.
Former chief economist, U.S. Department of State. Former chief of international finance and economics, Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to government service, spent nearly two decades in investment banking running a range of businesses. Research, publications, and events examine the role of economic statecraft in U.S. foreign policy and on infrastructure as a driver of U.S. competitiveness.
Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies
Former head, Office of the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair, in Jerusalem. Former State Department and National Security Council official with over twenty years government experience specializing in the Middle East. Currently researching and writing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab uprisings, and U.S. interests in the Middle East. Advises Quartet Representative Tony Blair.
Senior Fellow for Defense Policy
Dr. Janine Davidson is senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her areas of expertise include defense strategy and policy, military operations, national security, and civil-military relations.
Former national security adviser to President Barack Obama and assistant secretary of state and chief of staff at the State Department during the Clinton administration. Prior to his government service, he was a partner at the international law firm of O'Melveny & Myers and served as a member of the firm's global governing committee. Also a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy
Currently directing a roundtable series on technology, innovation, and American primacy. A corporate executive with extensive experience in high technology and international political economy.
C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security
Expert on counterterrorism and national security issues. Former deputy assistant to President George W Bush and deputy homeland security adviser. Also former deputy commissioner for counterterrorism with the New York City Police Department. Principal at Chertoff Group.
Economist and former governor of the Bank of Israel, former first deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund, former chief economist at the World Bank. Currently working on monetary policy and financial systems, U.S. and global.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies
Former assistant secretary of state for African affairs, U.S. ambassador to South Africa, and special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs in the George W. Bush administration. Distinguished public service professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
Senior Fellow for Global Health
President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Senior Fellow for Global Health
Author of Governing Health in Contemporary China, a new book that looks at the health system transition in post-Mao China. Currently researching the roles of emerging powers and non-state actors in shaping global health governance. Founding editor of the journal Global Health Governance.
Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
Author of The Islamist. Former founding director of Quilliam, the British counterextremism think tank. Previously a member and strategist for radical Islamist organizations in London.
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics
Macroeconomist with substantial experience in public policy and markets. Current focus is on G-7 monetary and fiscal policies, financial markets, and crisis resolution.
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
A visiting fellow. "War Stories" columnist for Slate and the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, 1959: The Year Everything Changed, Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power, and The Wizards of Armageddon.
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD
Senior Fellow for Strategic Studies and Arms Control
Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.). Former commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Previously defense attaché to Moscow and director for nuclear policy and arms control on the National Security Council staff. Current work examines the nuclear arms control policies of the United States and the other nuclear weapons states.
Senior Fellow for Digital Policy
Former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, currently writing about digital policy and consulting on public policy.
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
A visiting fellow and assistant professor in the department of government at Cornell University and an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School. Author of Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War and Drone Warfare.