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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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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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.

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

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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.

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Adam Segal

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

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).

Stephen Sestanovich

George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Former U.S. ambassador-at-large for policy toward the states of the former Soviet Union. Author of Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama (Knopf, February 2014). Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

Matthew J. Slaughter

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization

Former member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Coauthor of the Council Special Report, Global FDI Policy. Associate dean and the Signal Companies' Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Sheila A. Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies

Currently completing the project on Japan's Political Change and the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and working on a book on the consequences for the U.S. of Japan-China tensions in the East China.

Scott A. Snyder

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

Former senior associate at the Asia Foundation and Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic & International Studies. Founder of the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy. Coeditor of North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society, editor of CFR's Global Korea: South Korea's Contributions to International Security, and editor of The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges.

A. Michael Spence

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Economist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001. Author of The Next Convergence. Chairman of the Commission on Growth and Development.

Benn Steil

Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics

Award-winning writer, and editor of the scholarly journal International Finance. His most recent book, The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, was called "a triumph of economic and diplomatic history" by the Financial Times.

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Jonathan Tepperman

Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

Former deputy editor of Newsweek International and director at EurasiaGroup.

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Jere Van Dyk

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Author of Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban and In Afghanistan. Consultant to CBS News on South Asia and terrorism, and has appeared frequently on radio and television since 2001.