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.


Ronald A. LaBrec

Military Fellow, U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard officer with experience in crisis response, maritime safety and security, and mission support. Currently researching topics related to maritime commerce and security, energy, strategic communication and their relation to national security and foreign affairs.

Sean P. Larkin

Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force

Colonel Sean P. Larkin, U.S. Air Force, most recently served as the director of staff for the deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance at the U.S. Air Force headquarters. Previously, he was the commander of the Global Exploitation Intelligence Group at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

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.

Sean R. Liedman

Military Fellow, U.S. Navy

Captain Sean R. Liedman, U.S. Navy, was the commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven operating the P-8A and P-3C maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. He has twice served in the Air Warfare Division on the Chief of Naval Operation’s staff and also as the executive assistant to the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command.


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.

Christopher A. McPhillips

Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps

Colonel Christopher A. McPhillips, U.S. Marine Corps, served as the Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen commanding officer in Yuma in Arizona. 


Amy Nelson

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Currently writing a book on modernizing arms control for the twenty-first century. Formerly a policy analyst at the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and a research fellow at the Stimson Center and SIPRI North America.  


Shannon K. O'Neil

Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program

Former assistant professor of political science at Columbia University. Author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead. Expertise includes U.S.-Latin American relations, North America, energy policy, trade, political and economic reforms, immigration, and security.

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.


Matthew Page

International Affairs Fellow

Former deputy national intelligence officer for Africa and longtime Nigeria analyst with the Departments of State and Defense.  Currently researching and writing on contemporary Nigeria.

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.


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.

John D. Rockefeller IV

Distinguished Fellow

Former U.S. senator from West Virginia with more than fifty years in public service, including thirty in the Senate. Served as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 2007 to 2009 and Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 2009 to 2015. 

Kenneth S. Rogoff

Senior Fellow for Economics

Kenneth Rogoff is a senior fellow for economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and currently Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University. From 2001–2003, Rogoff served as chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund. 


Elizabeth N. Saunders

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Currently an assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University. Her research and teaching interests focus on international security and U.S. foreign policy, including the presidency and foreign policy, and the politics of using force.