CFR Projects

Below you will find a chronological list of CFR projects. CFR projects include research programs, study groups like roundtables, events series like "What to Do About ...," and other activities.

Each project page contains the name of the project director, a description of the project, a list of meetings it has held, and any related publications, transcripts, or videos.


*OLD - DO NOT USE* Women and Foreign Policy

The Women and Foreign Policy program is a major component of CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative. The objective of the Women and Foreign Policy program is to bring the status of women firmly into the mainstream foreign policy debate. Thanks in part to its efforts, there is now broad understanding of the importance of women's empowerment to a host of development, health, security, and other global priorities.

The program's current areas of focus include:

  • Improving maternal health in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • U.S. leadership in international reproductive health and family planning.
  • The role of technology and private sector resources in empowering women economically.

Please see below for relevant publications:


1997-98 Shepardson Fellowship Roundtable

This ongoing roundtable allows the current year's Shepardson Fellow to get feedback from relevant experts on discussion papers/chapters drawn from a book-in-progress. This year's Fellow was Tony Smith of Tufts University, whose book will address multiculturalism in U.S. foreign policy.

1996-97 Shepardson Fellowship Roundtable

The Shepardson roundtable consists of a series of four to six seminar meetings with the current year's Shepardson Fellow as guest author and presenter of discussion papers/chapters drawn from a book manuscript in progress. The 1996-97 Shepardson Fellow was John Newhouse, who completed his new book Europe Adrift -- a study of the "New Europe" that will emerge by the end of the century.


25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) held a multisession symposium on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 4, 2014. The symposium brought together leading scholars and policymakers to explore the origins, conduct, and end of the Cold War, and featured a conversation with Henry A. Kissinger.

Transcript: Session One: Origins of the Cold War

Transcript: Session Two: Conduct of the Cold War

Transcript: Session Three: End of the Cold War

Transcript: Session Four: A Conversation With Henry A. Kissinger

2011 CFR-SWP Conference on the Atlantic World and Rising Global Powers

This workshop was cosponsored by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) International Institutional and Global Governance (IIGG) program, and was made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

Summary Report from Berlin

2008 Foreign Policy Symposium

To view the archived video of each event, click the links below.

Panel Discussion: Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Next Administration

Panel Discussion: The Greater Middle East

Panel Discussion: Democracy and America's Role in the World

This symposium was underwritten by Chevron Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, the Stanford Financial Group, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtable on International Relations

To view the archived video of each event, click the links below.

Panel Discussion: Enhancing the U.S. Role in the World

Luncheon Discussion: Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Next Administration

Panel Discussion: Combating Global Poverty:

These events were underwritten, in part, by Chevron Corporation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


Africa Strategic Opportunities Roundtable Series

The Africa Strategic Opportunities Roundtable Series examines new trends and regional dynamics that are shaping Africa's future and will impact U.S. policy opportunities on the continent. The emergence of new strategic players, especially China, India, and Middle Eastern countries, have created a more complex diplomatic landscape for the United States and African countries to navigate. Sustained economic growth over the past decade attracts interest in the region as a frontier and emerging market for global capital. Africa's entrepreneurs, rising urban middle classes and youth, and the introduction of new media are setting the stage for the next fifty years. Political stability and security remain fragile and depend on the increasing effectiveness of national and regional institutions. The African Union and sub-regional organizations in particular, have become more assertive in conflict resolution efforts across the continent, but long-term security will also require good governance innovation at the local and national levels. This series examines Africa's outlook after fifty years of independence from this new baseline by fostering discussion about the changing demographics, political and societal institutions, and the financial and physical infrastructure that will enable positive change. Hence the series focuses on new thinking and new strategies for Africa's transformation.

Asia and the World Roundtable Series

The Asia and the World roundtable series examines the global implications of the rise of Asian power. For a thousand years, Asia was the engine of the global economy, a locus of science and innovation, a center of ideas and intellectual ferment, and the nexus of global power. After a long hiatus, Asia's major powers have now reemerged on the global stage, but their interaction with one another, and with the United States, on important issues and challenges is unsettled and evolving. Speakers and participants analyze the reemergence of China and India as global players, the changing role of Japan on the international stage, and efforts to reshape the international architecture to accommodate the rise of China and India, in particular. Sessions also consider the ways in which greater involvement in the world, not just their immediate neighborhood, is changing the strategic, economic, and political calculations of major countries in East, Central, and South Asia. Meetings look at the tensions, opportunities, and constraints that will determine whether and how the United States can forge partnerships with major Asian powers on issues of global scope. Other sessions may examine timely issues that arise in Central Asia, such as connections to the international oil and gas market, international institutions, and the global economy.

An Action Plan for the United States: Promoting Political and Economic Liberalization in the Middle East

This study will test the hypothesis that an incentive-based policy is more effective in promoting market economies and democratic politics than an approach in which Washington relies on the ostensibly transformative effects of civil society, regime change in Iraq, regional peace, or the willingness of Arab leaders to pursue reform.

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture

The Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture was established by the Council and the family of Arthur C. Helton, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who died in the August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. The Helton Lectureship is an annual event at which one or more speakers address pressing issues in the broad field of human rights and humanitarian concerns.