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.
Military Fellow, U.S. Army
Career U.S. Army officer having served in a variety of command and staff positions in the continental United States and overseas, including combat tours in Iraq and most recently southern Afghanistan. Current research focus is on Security Force Assistance.
Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow
Author of No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn (2012). Professor of international affairs at Georgetown University. Former director for European affairs at the National Security Council.
Fellow for Southeast Asia
Former foreign correspondent and journalist covering Southeast Asia. Current research focuses on reinvigorating U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia, China's strategy toward Southeast Asia, and lessons of Indonesia as a successful Muslim-majority democracy. Author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World, released in 2006, and of numerous articles and briefs on Southeast Asia, China, and democratization in the developing world.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights
Concentration chair and visiting professor in the master of science in foreign service program at Georgetown University. Former ambassador-at-large to combat trafficking in persons and deputy assistant secretary for international organization affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Fellow for Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy
Former senior adviser at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Assistant professor of international affairs at The New School University. Directing the CFR-sponsored study on the political economy of democratic transitions and writing a book about global economic governance and inclusive growth. Coauthor of the Social & Economic Rights Fulfillment (SERF) Index.
Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program
Journalist and researcher focusing on U.S. foreign policy, international development, women and economic development, and global entrepreneurship. Contributing editor-at-large at Newsweek/Daily Beast and author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (HarperCollins, 2011), about a young woman whose business supported her family and her community during the Taliban years.
David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change
Director of the CFR program on energy security and climate change and the CFR project on energy and national security. Currently writing books on the future of American energy and on China's natural resource quest. Author of studies and books on climate diplomacy, energy innovation, nuclear terrorism and proliferation, arms control, and science and technology in the Islamic world.
Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics
Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia
Former State Department policy planning staff member. Current work focuses on U.S. policy in South Asia, especially Pakistan and India.
Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies
Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013), which analyzes the political, economic, and social transformations Mexico has undergone over the last three decades and why these changes matter for the United States.
Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School. Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, former advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, former member of State Department policy planning staff handling Northern Ireland peace process, Iran, Syria, and relations with the Muslim world.
Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citigroup. Columnist for Bloomberg View. Former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama.
Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
Award-winning journalist and national security writer. Former deputy editorial page editor for the New York Times and chief diplomatic correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Directing a roundtable series focused on national security in an age of austerity.
Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies
Currently leading projects on cybersecurity and cyberconflict. Recent book Advantage looks at the technological competitive advantages of Asia and the United States. Previously the project director for a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on Chinese military modernization.
George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
Reporter with the New York Times in Pakistan. Currently working on a book on Pakistan with a focus on the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization
Associate dean and the Signal Companies' Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Former member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Coauthor of the Council Special Report, Global FDI Policy.
Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Expert on Japan and Asian international relations. Currently directing the project, China and India as Emerging Powers: Challenge or Opportunity for the United States and Japan?