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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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.


Mark P. Lagon

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights

Former ambassador-at-large to combat trafficking in persons and deputy assistant secretary for international organization affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Global Politics and Security Chair and Professor in the Practice of International Affairs.

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 bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, about a young woman whose business supported her family and her community during the Taliban years.

Michael A. Levi

David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change

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.


Patrick J. Mahaney Jr.

Military Fellow

A visiting fellow and Colonel, U.S. Army. Most recently commanded the Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, where he was responsible for global support in countering asymmetric and irregular threats. He also commanded several special forces units, and a special operations task force in Afghanistan.

Daniel S. Markey

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.


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.


David Palkki

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

A visiting fellow. Coeditor of The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant's Regime, 1978-2001. Published a variety of journal articles and book chapters. Former acting director of the National Defense University's Conflict Records Research Center.

William J. Parker III

Military Fellow

A visiting fellow, U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, and PhD in Biological Defense. Most recently commanded Destroyer Squadron 23. He has served nearly two years on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as the senior military adviser to the Secretary of State for Iraq affairs, as the senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, and in various Joint staff and Navy staff strategic planning positions.

Alexandra Perina

International Affairs Fellow

A visiting fellow. Attorney in the U.S. Department of State for seven years, most recently the assistant legal adviser for political military affairs. Areas of expertise include uses of force and war powers, the laws of war, cyber, and counterterrorism and intelligence matters.

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 School Law. Currently working on CFR's Women and Foreign Policy Program.


Mira Rapp-Hooper

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

A visiting fellow. PhD candidate in political science at Columbia University. Previous work on extended deterrence and conflict escalation issues for the RAND Corporation. Expertise includes nuclear weapons policy and strategy, alliance politics, security issues in East Asia, and nuclear nonproliferation.

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

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies

Expert on China, technology, and security. Currently leading projects on cybersecurity and cyberconflict. Recent book Advantage looks at the technological competitive advantages of Asia and the United States. Directed the Independent Task Force Report, Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet (2013).