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.

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Robert Kahn

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.

Raymond W. Kelly

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD

Mervyn King

Distinguished Fellow

Mervyn King is a professor of economics and law at the Stern and Law Schools at New York University. He 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.

Robert K. Knake

Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow

Former Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House. Focused on cybersecurity and Internet policy.

Karen Kornbluh

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.

Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior 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; Myanmar's transformation; and the growth of state capitalism, particularly in Asia. Author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World and Democracy in Retreat, and of numerous articles and briefs on Southeast Asia, China, and democratization in the developing world. Author of a forthcoming book on the growth of state capitalism.


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

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 bestsellers Ashley's War and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.

Robert E. Litan

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Lawyer and economist, former director of research at the Kauffman Foundation, Bloomberg Government, and the Brookings Institution. Overseeing CFR seminar series on and writing about what cities can and should do to promote entrepreneurship.


Oriana Skylar Mastro

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Assistant professor of security studies at Georgetown University and U.S. Air Force Reserve officer. Currently researching Chinese capabilities and willingness to secure and dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as the 2016-2017 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow.

Tiffany L. McGriff

International Affairs Fellow

Former spokesperson, media advisor, and communications strategist at the U.S. Embassy in Kenya; special assistant to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; public affairs and press officer at the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan and in Angola; and country expert on Guinea, Niger, and Ghana at the U.S. Department of State. Currently researching and writing on governance issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

Lori Esposito Murray

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Lori Esposito Murray is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and currently the president emeritus of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). Former distinguished national security chair at the U.S. Naval Academy, and former special advisor to the president on the Chemical Weapons Convention during the Clinton Administration


Shannon K. O'Neil

Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program

Former assistant professor of political science at Columbia University. Author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead. Expertise includes U.S.-Latin American relations, North America, energy policy, trade, political and economic reforms, immigration, and security.

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, former adviser 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. Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School.


Farah Pandith

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former first-ever special representative to Muslim communities and senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs at the U.S. Department of State, director for Middle East regional initiatives at national security council and chief of staff for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Served in Bush and Obama administrations. Hosts a roundtable series on countering violent extremism, is writing a book, and building a movement to counter extremist ideology.

Timothy A. Phillips

National Intelligence Fellow

Senior National Intelligence service executive and former national intelligence collection officer for South Asia and managing editor for Intelligence Today with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Catherine Powell

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Former policy planning staff member under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (on gender, human rights, and international organizations) and national security staff director for human rights in the Obama administration. Professor of international law, human rights, constitutional law, and comparative constitutional law at Fordham Law School. Currently working with CFR's Women and Foreign Policy Program.


Carla Anne Robbins

Adjunct Senior Fellow

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.