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. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.

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Robert K. Knake

Senior Fellow for Cyber Policy

Former Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House. Focused on cybersecurity and Internet policy.

Karen Kornbluh

Senior Fellow for Digital Policy

Former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, currently writing about digital policy and consulting on public policy.

Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia

Former foreign correspondent and journalist covering Southeast Asia. Current research focuses on reinvigorating U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia; China's strategy toward Southeast Asia; Myanmar's transformation; and the growth of state capitalism, particularly in Asia. Author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World and Democracy in Retreat, and of numerous articles and briefs on Southeast Asia, China, and democratization in the developing world. Author of a forthcoming book on the growth of state capitalism.

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Journalist and researcher focusing on U.S. foreign policy, international development, women and economic development, and global entrepreneurship. Contributing editor-at-large at Newsweek/Daily Beast and author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley's War and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.

Michael A. Levi

David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

Author of studies and books on energy security, climate diplomacy, energy innovation, nuclear terrorism, and arms control. Most recent book, The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future, was published in May 2013. Book By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World, co-authored with Elizabeth Economy, was published in February 2014.

Stephen E. Liszewski

Military Fellow

U.S. Marine officer. Most recently served as the commanding officer of the 11th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton, California. Previously commanded an artillery battalion in Iraq. Graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Amphibious Warfare School, Australian Command and Staff College and the United States Naval War College.

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Daniel S. Markey

Adjunct Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia

Former State Department policy planning staff member. Current work focuses on U.S. policy in South Asia, especially Pakistan and India. Author of No Exit From Pakistan.

Deborah A. McDonald

National Intelligence Fellow
Former senior geospatial intelligence officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. She is the lead human geographer and provides NGA subject matter expertise on human geography tradecraft, data development, and international production. Ms. McDonald is also the NGA LandScan program manager, a partnership between NGA and the U.S. Department of Energy. She has held various assignments at NGA, including NGA liaison duties at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. 

Adam Mount

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Currently writing a profile of nuclear disarmament in the United States. Previously, he worked on nuclear elimination contingencies at the RAND Corporation.

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Robert A. Newson

Military Fellow

Recently led strategy and concept development for the Naval Special Warfare Command. Previously, he commanded Special Operations Command (Forward) in Yemen and NSW Support Activity, a cross-functional intelligence operations command, and served as director of the Joint Interagency Task Force – Counter Terrorism.

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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.

Peter R. Orszag

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama. Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citigroup. Columnist for Bloomberg View.

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Farah Pandith

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former first-ever special representative to Muslim communities and senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs at the U.S. Department of State, director for Middle East regional initiatives at national security council and chief of staff for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Served in Bush and Obama administrations. Hosts a roundtable series on countering violent extremism, is writing a book, and building a movement to counter extremist ideology.

Catherine Powell

Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Former policy planning staff member under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (on gender, human rights, and international organizations) and national security staff director for human rights in the Obama administration. Professor of international law, human rights, constitutional law, and comparative constitutional law at Fordham Law School. Currently working with CFR's Women and Foreign Policy Program.

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Michael W. Rauhut

Military Fellow

Former assistant chief of staff for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. Previous service includes command and staff positions across a range of operational, institutional, and combat assignments. Currently researching the national security implications of today's global environment.

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.