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. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.

Tibet

Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies

Former senior director for democracy and human rights, senior director for the Near East, and deputy national security adviser handling Middle East affairs in the George W. Bush administration. Former assistant secretary of state for UN affairs, human rights, and Latin America in the Reagan administration. Author of Tested by Zion, winner of the 2013 Washington Institute for Near East Policy's bronze prize.

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.

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.

Vietnam

Karen Brooks

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia

One of the top Southeast Asia experts in the United States, with a long career in the region that spans academia, government and business. She was a leading architect of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia during the Clinton and Bush Administrations and focuses on economic policy making in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar.

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.

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.

Europe

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. Current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geoeconomics. Editor of Iran: The Nuclear Challenge.

Benjamin Brake

International Affairs Fellow

Foreign affairs analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. He previously worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel.

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.

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.

Estonia

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.

EU

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. Current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geoeconomics. Editor of Iran: The Nuclear Challenge.

Matthew J. Slaughter

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization

Former member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Coauthor of the Council Special Report, Global FDI Policy. Associate dean and the Signal Companies' Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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.

Finland

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.

France

Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies

Former senior director for democracy and human rights, senior director for the Near East, and deputy national security adviser handling Middle East affairs in the George W. Bush administration. Former assistant secretary of state for UN affairs, human rights, and Latin America in the Reagan administration. Author of Tested by Zion, winner of the 2013 Washington Institute for Near East Policy's bronze prize.