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.

Homeland Security

Richard K. Betts

Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Former commissioner to the National Commission on Terrorism and former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Current work examines the U.S. national security agenda. Author of American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security and Arnold A. Saltzman professor of war and peace studies in the political science department, director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and director of the international security policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Richard A. Falkenrath

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis 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. 

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.

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.

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.

Information Warfare

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. 

Raymond W. Kelly

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD

Intelligence

Richard K. Betts

Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Former commissioner to the National Commission on Terrorism and former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Current work examines the U.S. national security agenda. Author of American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security and Arnold A. Saltzman professor of war and peace studies in the political science department, director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and director of the international security policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Richard A. Falkenrath

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis 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. 

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

Sean P. Larkin

Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force

Colonel Sean P. Larkin, U.S. Air Force, most recently served as the director of staff for the deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance at the U.S. Air Force headquarters. Previously, he was the commander of the Global Exploitation Intelligence Group at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

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.