Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Content and Publications

Digital Content

CFR creates authoritative and timely online resources that help readers understand the international issues of the day. It makes its content accessible to a broad audience via platforms including video, podcasts, short- and long-form text, data visualization, and a daily morning newsletter—all without a paywall and without advertising. CFR is committed to ensuring that voices and perspectives of experts from underrepresented backgrounds are regularly featured in its online content. It seeks to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of readers and in the process produce work that is thoughtful, relevant, and accessible. It draws on the increasingly diverse pool of experts and fellows at CFR’s think tank and beyond to inform its work and integrate new perspectives into its coverage. As part of its global coverage, CFR features explainers that show how the United States compares with its peers abroad in addressing policies and trends that disproportionately affect underserved communities. Additionally, in 2019, CFR launched the Why It Matters podcast to reach younger and wider audiences, in part by diversifying its network of experts to illuminate pressing global problems.

Host of Why It Matters podcast, Gabrielle Sierra, on stage
Why It Matters podcast host Gabrielle Sierra speaks to college and graduate students at CFR’s 2019 Back to School event.

Recent Works

Diplomacy and International Institutions

Hip-hop is a phenomenon that has captured hearts around the world. Its musical form ranges from party anthems to critical social commentary. But the genre plays another role: it is an influential soft-power tool for the United States. Like its predecessors jazz and rock, hip-hop is utilized by the U.S. State Department to connect with young minds, and its unique ability to inspire goodwill toward the United States offers a significant advantage over adversaries such as China and Russia. How did hip-hop become a go-to diplomatic instrument?  

Human Rights

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in rights for LGBTQ+ people, but opposition remains strong in many others.

Human Rights

The U.S. government’s response to anti-racism protests risks causing lasting damage to American credibility and influence in protecting minorities and oppressed groups worldwide.

Foreign Affairs Magazine

Guided by its founding editorial commitment, CFR's flagship publication, Foreign Affairs, continues to publish authors from an array of backgrounds and cover broad-ranging issues in international politics, including those that relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition to offering a forum for serious discussion of global affairs and American foreign policy through its print and online magazine, Foreign Affairs participates in expanding the talent pipeline by organizing graduate school fairs for students and early-career professionals from all backgrounds seeking to advance in the field of international affairs.

Related Articles

Think Global Health

The mission of Think Global Health is to provide a compelling forum for examining where and why global health matters and to engage readers in debates and efforts that improve health worldwide. To realize this mission, Think Global Health is committed to featuring and publishing contributors in low- and middle-income countries, and covering issues in global health that have been neglected in the past.

As of June 1, 2022, Think Global Health is offering an honorarium to the lead contributor from a low- and middle-income country. In its coverage, this website seeks to illuminate the ways in which global health is an investment in societies and economies, not just a form of humanitarian or emergency relief.

Educational Content

CFR aims to equip the next generation of foreign policy experts by offering its expertise and resources to broad audiences of students and helping learners from all backgrounds develop global literacy—the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to navigate today’s world. High school and college students from school districts of all sizes, from community colleges to the Ivy League, benefit from CFR’s flagship education products Convene the Council, World101, and Model Diplomacy. Through each product, CFR experts and educators promote global literacy by providing accessible, approachable expert content that considers the effects of race, age, gender, religion, and economic inequality on the issues, forces, and actors that shape the world.