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.


Jared Cohen

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former member of the policy planning staff under both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Director of Google Ideas, Google Inc. Author of The New Digital Age.

James P. Dougherty

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy

Currently directing a roundtable series on technology, innovation, and American primacy. A corporate executive with extensive experience in high technology and international political economy.

Richard A. Falkenrath

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

Expert on counterterrorism and national security issues. Former deputy assistant to President George W Bush and deputy homeland security adviser. Also former deputy commissioner for counterterrorism with the New York City Police Department.

Michael R. Fenzel

Military Fellow, U.S. Army

Colonel Michael R. Fenzel, U.S. Army, most recently served as the chief of staff for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Previously, he commanded the Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team. 

David P. Fidler

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity

Professor of international law, cybersecurity, national security, and global health at Indiana University. Currently working with CFR’s Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. Editor of the forthcoming The Snowden Reader (Indiana University Press, 2015).

Jennifer M. Harris

Senior Fellow

Former member of the State Department policy planning staff and a leading architect of Secretary Hillary Clinton's Economic Statecraft agenda. Former member of the National Intelligence Council Staff, with deep experience in geoeconomic issues, energy and climate security, and U.S.-China relations. Currently writing a book on the modern use of economic and financial instruments as tools of statecraft.

Raymond W. Kelly

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD

Robert K. Knake

Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow

Former Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House. Focused on cybersecurity and Internet policy.

Karen Kornbluh

Senior Fellow for Digital Policy

Former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, currently writing about digital policy and consulting on public policy.

Ronald A. LaBrec

Military Fellow, U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard officer with experience in crisis response, maritime safety and security, and mission support. Currently researching topics related to maritime commerce and security, energy, strategic communication and their relation to national security and foreign affairs.

Christopher A. McPhillips

Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps

Colonel Christopher A. McPhillips, U.S. Marine Corps, served as the Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen commanding officer in Yuma in Arizona. 

John D. Rockefeller IV

Distinguished Fellow

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. 

Adam Segal

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 Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program 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 EconomistForeign PolicyThe Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, "Net Politics."

Matthew C. Waxman

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy

Former State Department and Defense Department senior official and National Security Council staff member. Professor of international law and national security law at Columbia Law School. Currently working on CFR's Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity Initiative.