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.
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 bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, 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 Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies
Author of studies and books on energy security, climate diplomacy, energy innovation, nuclear terrorism, and arms control. Most recent book, The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future, was published in May 2013. Book By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World, co-authored with Elizabeth Economy, was published in February 2014.
Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
U.S. Marine officer. Most recently served as the commanding officer of the 11th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton, California. Previously commanded an artillery battalion in Iraq. Graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Amphibious Warfare School, Australian Command and Staff College and the United States Naval War College.
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. Author of No Exit From Pakistan.
National Intelligence Fellow
Former senior geospatial intelligence officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. She is the lead human geographer and provides NGA subject matter expertise on human geography tradecraft, data development, and international production. Ms. McDonald is also the NGA LandScan program manager, a partnership between NGA and the U.S. Department of Energy. She has held various assignments at NGA, including NGA liaison duties at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
Currently writing a profile of nuclear disarmament in the United States. Previously, he worked on nuclear elimination contingencies at the RAND Corporation.
Recently led strategy and concept development for the Naval Special Warfare Command. Previously, he commanded Special Operations Command (Forward) in Yemen and NSW Support Activity, a cross-functional intelligence operations command, and served as director of the Joint Interagency Task Force – Counter Terrorism.
Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies
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.
Former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama. Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citigroup. Columnist for Bloomberg View.
A political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama administrations. She left government at the end of January 2014 for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she maintains an affiliation. She is driving efforts to counter extremism through new organizations, programs, and initiatives.
Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
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.
Former assistant chief of staff for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. Previous service includes command and staff positions across a range of operational, institutional, and combat assignments. Currently researching the national security implications of today's global environment.
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.
Former U.S. senator from West Virginia with more than fifty years in public service, including thirty in the Senate. Served as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 2007 to 2009 and Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 2009 to 2015.
Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program
Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for China studies and director of the Program on Digital and Cyberspace Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Dr. Segal was the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet. His book Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge (W.W. Norton, 2011) looks at the technological rise of Asia. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, "Net Politics."
George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Former U.S. ambassador-at-large for policy toward the states of the former Soviet Union. Author of Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama (Knopf, February 2014). Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.