Academic Programs


CFR Academic provides a forum for the educational community to interact with CFR experts and join the debate on foreign policy. Activities include the Academic Conference Call series; livestreaming of CFR meetings; workshops for college and university presidents and professors; briefings for students; exhibitions and events at conferences; and sharing the vast array of CFR resources and products for teaching and learning about international relations and the role of the United States in the world.

Academic Conference Calls

The Academic Conference Call series provides the opportunity for students across the country and around the world to participate in an interactive conversation with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or other expert. Calls take place every other week during the fall and spring semesters and are dedicated to a wide range of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy topics. Background readings are distributed prior to each call, and the audio recording is posted online afterward.

View the full schedule for the Winter/Spring 2020 Academic Conference Call series. Subscribe to the CFR Academic podcast via iTunes.

For questions about the Academic Conference Call series or to sign up for future invitations, please email

College and University Educators Workshop
CFR's academic initiative is truly world-class—both in quality and in making today's international system more understandable. — Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School


CFR hosts workshops for university and college presidents, chancellors, and professors, as well as foundation heads. Annual meetings include the Higher Education Working Group, with sessions on a range of foreign policy topics and the role of higher education in a complex world; and the College and University Educators Workshop, which features expert briefings on global issues and discussion groups on best practices for teaching international affairs. For more information about future workshops, please email

College and University Educators Workshop

Women and Economic Growth

Kim K. Azzarelli, Jamille Bigio, and Richard Fry analyze factors underlying the global gender wage gap and discuss the benefits of gender parity, with Elmira Bayrasli moderating.


Nicole M. Bibbins Sedaca, Jacqueline R. McAllister, and Michael Nojeim discuss CFR teaching resources and how CFR materials can bridge the gap between the academic and policymaking worlds, with Dan Caldwell as moderator.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Jen Easterly, Bruce Hoffman, and Matthew C. Waxman provide insight into counterterrorism efforts to combat extremism and policies to better safeguard the United States, with Amy Davidson Sorkin moderating.

Student Events

Back-to-School Event

Each year, CFR invites college and university students and professors to the annual Back-to-School Event in New York. The program includes a panel discussion with foreign policy experts on a pressing issue, a presentation of the latest CFR multimedia resource, and a networking session with CFR representatives. Watch the 2019 event celebrating the tenth anniversary of the podcast The World Next Week with a live taping before a student audience.

Student Briefings

Each year, CFR welcomes a limited number of college and university student groups to its New York headquarters and Washington, DC, office to learn about the organization and meet with CFR fellows and staff. Briefings may include an overview of CFR and its mission, a foreign policy discussion with a CFR expert or Foreign Affairs editor, or a short presentation on job and internship opportunities. A minimum of twenty students is required to arrange a visit, and briefings are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to apply, please fill out the CFR Briefing Request Form


Winter/Spring 2020

CFR Academic participates in conferences across the country by hosting exhibitions, meetings, and workshops. Meet CFR representatives and learn more about our resources at upcoming conferences. Contact for more information.


In 2016, CFR and the National Geographic Society commissioned the Global Literacy Survey, which revealed that few U.S. college-educated students possess important knowledge about the world and the United States’ role in it. However, a majority of respondents indicated that being knowledgeable about geography, world history, foreign cultures, and world events is becoming more important than ever. CFR is meeting this demand by connecting educators and students of all ages to CFR's analysis and award-winning publications, innovative digital learning products, and acclaimed in-person and virtual events for teaching and learning about international affairs. 


CFR partners with educational institutions and research centers to foster a deeper understanding of international relations and an enduring interest in U.S. foreign policy.


For more information about CFR Academic programs, please contact or 1.212.434.9837.  Follow us on Twitter at @CFR_Academic.