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.

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Gordon M. Goldstein

Adjunct Senior Fellow

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.

Philip H. Gordon

Senior Fellow

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.  

Raymond W. Kelly

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD

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.

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.

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.

Stephen Sestanovich

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.

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."

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.

Benn Steil

Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics

Award-winning writer, and editor of the scholarly journal International Finance. His most recent book, The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, was called "a triumph of economic and diplomatic history" by the Financial Times.

Rachel B. Vogelstein

Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

Former advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on global women's issues. Currently an adjunct professor of women's human rights at Georgetown University. Research focuses on the relationship between women's advancement and prosperity, stability, and security.

Asia and Pacific

Robert D. Blackwill

Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy

Former deputy assistant to the president, deputy national security adviser for strategic planning, and presidential envoy to Iraq under George W. Bush. U.S. Ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003. Author of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World; Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China; Xi Jinping on the Global Stage; and War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft. Current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geoeconomics. 

Jerome A. Cohen

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies

Internationally renowned expert on the Chinese legal system and professor at NYU School of Law. Current work examines the rule of law in Asian countries.