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.
Senior Fellow for Middle East 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.
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.
Military Fellow, U.S. Army
Colonel Michael R. Fenzel, U.S. Army, most recently served as the chief of staff for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Previously, he commanded the Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity
Professor of international law, cybersecurity, national security, and global health at Indiana University. Currently working with CFR’s Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. Editor of the forthcoming The Snowden Reader (Indiana University Press, 2015).
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.
Senior Fellow for Global Health
Currently managing director of Silver Lake, the world’s largest investment firm in the global technology industry. Former international security advisor to the executive office of the United Nations secretary-general and Wayland Fellow and visiting lecturer at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, as well as a visiting lecturer at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. He currently serves on the board of advisors of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Former special assistant to the president and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region. Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Author of numerous books and articles about the Middle East, Europe, and U.S. foreign policy.
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Former member of the State Department policy planning staff and a leading architect of Secretary Hillary Clinton's Economic Statecraft agenda. Former member of the National Intelligence Council Staff, with deep experience in geoeconomic issues, energy and climate security, and U.S.-China relations. Currently writing a book on the modern use of economic and financial instruments as tools of statecraft.
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 Global Governance
Senior fellow for global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations and distinguished professor at the School of International Service, American University. His research centers on global and regional governance, particularly international economic institutions and Asia-Pacific regionalism. His current work examines the growing influence of emerging economies on global governance and the response of the United States to their new role.
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.
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD
Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow
Former Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House. Focused on cybersecurity and Internet policy.
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.