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.
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.
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
Former Financial Times Washington bureau chief. Co-directed the Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy (2011) and directed the Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy (2009). Latest book, The Closing of the American Border, examines U.S. visa and border policies in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia
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.
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.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
Former director for human rights and gender on the White House National Security Council and senior advisor to the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. Researcher focused on gender, security, women’s leadership, and economic development.
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 and Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China. Editor of Iran: The Nuclear Challenge. Current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geoeconomics.
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development
Expert on global health and international trade, investment, and regulatory policy. Adjunct professor of law, former U.S. trade negotiator. Currently directing the first Independent Task Force at the Council on Foreign Relations devoted to a global health matter, which focuses on noncommunicable diseases.
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
Adjunct Senior Fellow for African Peace and Security Issues
Former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for refugee and migration affairs; Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University
Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Institutions
Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations with over 25 years' experience in global issues, UN affairs, European Union and transatlantic relations, and human rights. She is currently examining cooperation and competition in the global commons.
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.
Global Chief Economist at Citigroup. Formerly Chief Economist at the EBRD and external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. Taught at Princeton, Bristol University, LSE, Yale and Cambridge.
Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies
Former ambassador to Nigeria (2004–2007) and career Foreign Service officer. Other tours included deputy assistant secretary for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs. Author of Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink. He writes the blog Africa in Transition and edits the Nigeria Security Tracker.
Adjunct Fellow for Energy
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.
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.
Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies
Former chief economist, U.S. Department of State. Former chief of international finance and economics, Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to government service, spent nearly two decades in investment banking running a range of businesses. Research, publications, and events examine the role of economic statecraft in U.S. foreign policy and on infrastructure as a driver of U.S. competitiveness.