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.

Defense and Security

John B. Bellinger III

Adjunct Senior Fellow for International and National Security Law

Former legal adviser for the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council. Currently directing a roundtable series on international and national security law. A partner at Arnold & Porter, LLP.

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.

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. 

Colonel Brian R. Bruckbauer

Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force

Colonel Brian R. Bruckbauer, U.S. Air Force, served as the commander of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing in Alaska where he was responsible for 5,500 personnel, $11.4B in infrastructure, and support to over 35,000 throughout Alaska. Previously he was the military assistant to the under secretary of defense for policy.

Colonel Bruckbauer holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, an MA from the George Washington University, an MS from the College of Naval Command and Staff, and an MS from the National War College.

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.

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 anti-terrorism activities and operations to stem the flood of illegal immigrants and 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.

Leila Fadel

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow

Currently the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at CFR. International Correspondent for NPR based in the Middle East, covering the region for eleven years. Previously reported for the Washington Post and McClatchy newspapers. 

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.

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.  

Colonel Thomas J. Gordon

Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps

Colonel Thomas Gordon, U.S. Marine Corps, has commanded at the group, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, and battalion level. His previous staff assignments include Marine Forces Central Command (G-3), Lead Planner Marine Expeditionary Force Forward (MEF Forward) in Afghanistan, and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (G-3) in Japan. 

Colonel Gordon holds a BA from The Citadel, and an MA from Webster University. He is a former fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Raymond W. Kelly

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD

Oriana Skylar Mastro

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Assistant professor of security studies at Georgetown University and U.S. Air Force Reserve officer. Currently researching Chinese capabilities and willingness to secure and dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as the 2016-2017 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow.

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

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.

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.

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.

Adam Segal

Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

Adam Segal is the Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and national security 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.”