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.
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.
Thomas E. Donilon most recently served as national security adviser to President Barack Obama. In that capacity Mr. Donilon oversaw the National Security Council staff, chaired the cabinet level National Security Principals Committee, provided the president's daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of the administration's foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy
A corporate executive with extensive experience in high technology and international political economy. Currently directing a roundtable series on technology, innovation, and American primacy.
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. Principal at Chertoff Group. Former deputy commissioner for counterterrorism with the New York City Police Department.
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
Distinguished public service professor at Carnegie Mellon University. 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.
Senior Fellow for Global Health
Former secretary of the treasury; former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Senior Fellow for Global Health
Founding editor of the journal Global Health Governance. Currently researching the roles of emerging powers and non-state actors in shaping global health governance. Author of Governing Health in Contemporary China, a new book that looks at the health system transition in post-Mao China.
Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
Author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007). 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
Fred Kaplan is the "War Stories" columnist for Slate and the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster, 2013), 1959: The Year Everything Changed (Wiley, 2009), Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power (Wiley, 2008), and The Wizards of Armageddon (Simon & Schuster, 1983; republished by Stanford University Press, 1991).
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Mervyn King was governor of the Bank of England and chairman of the monetary policy and financial policy committees from 2003 to 2013, helping to shape UK monetary policy during the global economic recession. He was previously deputy governor from 1998 to 2003, and served as chief economist and executive director from 1991 to 1998. King was also a nonexecutive director of the bank from 1990 to 1991.
King received a master's degree in economics from King's College, Cambridge University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. He has taught at Cambridge, Birmingham, and Harvard Universities, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. King is a fellow of the British Academy and an honorary fellow of King's and St. John's Colleges.
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 OECD, writing about digital policy and consulting on public policy.
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
Sarah E. Kreps is an assistant professor in the department of government at Cornell University and an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School. She is the author of Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2011).
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.
CFR Experts Guide
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