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. 

Captain Clint Carroll

Military Fellow, U.S. Navy

Captain Clint Carroll, U.S. Navy, commanded Amphibious Squadron 3, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, and USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49). He has deployed to the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Captain Carroll served as the deputy commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, in the operations directorate of The Joint Staff, and as a Quadrennial Defense Review analyst on the Chief of Naval Operations' staff.

Captain Carroll holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA from San Diego State University, and an MS from the National War College. He was a Joint Staff Fellow for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program.

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. 

Michael Froman

Distinguished Fellow

Former U.S. Trade Representative, Assistant to the President/Deputy
National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs and business executive. Currently working on trade and investment policy, technology, globalization and populism.

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.

Angola

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.

Guinea

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.

Kenya

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.

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.

Niger

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.

Nigeria

Somalia

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.

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.

South Sudan

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.

Americas

Captain Gregory D. Case

Military Fellow, U.S. Coast Guard

Captain Gregory D. Case, U.S. Coast Guard, commanded Coast Guard Sector Saint Petersburg, where he led 2,700 people and twelve units directing Coast Guard operations along the west coast of Florida and Tampa Bay, which included antiterrorism activities and operations to check illegal immigration and the flow of illicit drugs. He also served at multiple staff and operational commands throughout the nation's ports and waterways.

Captain Case holds a BA from Southern Illinois University, an MS, and a graduate certificate from the University of Washington.

Michael Froman

Distinguished Fellow

Former U.S. Trade Representative, Assistant to the President/Deputy
National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs and business executive. Currently working on trade and investment policy, technology, globalization and populism.