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.

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. 

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.  

Raymond W. Kelly

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Former Commissioner of the NYPD

Amy J. Nelson

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Currently writing a book on modernizing arms control for the 21st century. Formerly a policy analyst at the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and a research fellow at the Stimson Center and SIPRI North America

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.

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.”

9/11 Impact

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).

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.  

Arms Industries and Trade

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).

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

Amy J. Nelson

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Currently writing a book on modernizing arms control for the 21st century. Formerly a policy analyst at the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and a research fellow at the Stimson Center and SIPRI North America