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. Download the Printable CFR Experts Guide.
Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program
Author of the book Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East (Random House, 2010). Contributing author to Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President (Brookings Institution Press, 2008). Coauthor of Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security (Hoover Institution Press, 2006).
Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies
Former head, Office of the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair, in Jerusalem. Former State Department and National Security Council official with over twenty years government experience specializing in the Middle East. Currently researching and writing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab uprisings, and U.S. interests in the Middle East. Advises Quartet Representative Tony Blair.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy
A corporate executive with extensive experience in high technology and international political economy. Currently directing a roundtable series on technology, innovation, and American primacy.
C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security
Expert on counterterrorism and national security issues. Principal at Chertoff Group. Former deputy commissioner for counterterrorism with the New York City Police Department.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies
Distinguished public service professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Former assistant secretary of state for African affairs, U.S. ambassador to South Africa, and special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs in the George W. Bush administration.
Senior Fellow for Global Health
Military Fellow, U.S. Navy
P-3 pilot and former commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN in Whidbey Island, WA. Commanded Patrol Squadron EIGHT and deployed to CENTCOM for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Served with Patrol Squadrons FORTY FIVE, THIRTY, and FIVE based in Jacksonville, Florida. Graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the National War College and a member of the Navy's Space Cadre.
Former secretary of the treasury; former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Director, Fellowship Affairs and Studies Strategic Planning
Former corporate lawyer and banker with expertise in international law and conflict prevention.
Senior Fellow for Global Health
Founding editor of the journal Global Health Governance. Currently researching the roles of emerging powers and non-state actors in shaping global health governance. Author of Governing Health in Contemporary China, a new book that looks at the health system transition in post-Mao China.
International Affairs Fellow
Former U.S. Army military intelligence officer (2000-2012) and assistant professor of international relations in the department of social sciences at the United States Military Academy (2009-2011).
Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
Author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007). Former founding director of Quilliam, the British counterextremism think tank. Previously a member and strategist for radical Islamist organizations in London.
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics
Macroeconomist with substantial experience in public policy and markets. Current focus is on G-7 monetary and fiscal policies, financial markets, and crisis resolution.
Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force
Colonel in the U.S. Air Force that has commanded at the squadron and wing levels. Career F-15E weapons systems officer. Currently researching U.S. national security policy in Asia and the impact of U.S. rebalancing in the region.
Senior Fellow for Strategic Studies and Arms Control
Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.). Former commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Previously defense attaché to Moscow and director for nuclear policy and arms control on the National Security Council staff. Current work examines the nuclear arms control policies of the United States and the other nuclear weapons states.
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow