Experts

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.

Africa (sub-Saharan)

Jamille Bigio

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Former director for human rights and gender on the White House National Security Council and senior advisor to the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. Researcher focused on gender, security, women’s leadership, and economic development. 

Jendayi E. Frazer

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. 

Matthew T. Page

International Affairs Fellow

Former deputy national intelligence officer for Africa and longtime Nigeria analyst with the Departments of State and Defense.  Currently researching and writing on contemporary Nigeria.

Gambia

Matthew T. Page

International Affairs Fellow

Former deputy national intelligence officer for Africa and longtime Nigeria analyst with the Departments of State and Defense.  Currently researching and writing on contemporary Nigeria.

Malawi

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.

Nigeria

Matthew T. Page

International Affairs Fellow

Former deputy national intelligence officer for Africa and longtime Nigeria analyst with the Departments of State and Defense.  Currently researching and writing on contemporary Nigeria.

South Africa

A. Michael Spence

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Economist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001. Author of The Next Convergence. Chairman of the Commission on Growth and Development.

Americas

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.

Brad W. Setser

Senior Fellow and Acting Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

Applied international economist with experience at the U.S. Treasury and the International Monetary Fund. Currently examining central bank reserve growth, sovereign wealth funds, and the political implications of emerging market financing of the United States. He blogs at "Follow the Money."

Matthew M. Taylor

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Associate Professor at the School of International Service, American University. Currently writing a book on the political economy of democratic Brazil.

Antigua and Barbuda

Matthew M. Taylor

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Associate Professor at the School of International Service, American University. Currently writing a book on the political economy of democratic Brazil.

Antilles

Matthew M. Taylor

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Associate Professor at the School of International Service, American University. Currently writing a book on the political economy of democratic Brazil.

Argentina

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.

Brad W. Setser

Senior Fellow and Acting Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

Applied international economist with experience at the U.S. Treasury and the International Monetary Fund. Currently examining central bank reserve growth, sovereign wealth funds, and the political implications of emerging market financing of the United States. He blogs at "Follow the Money."