Each year CFR organizes more than one hundred on-the-record events, conference calls, and podcasts in which senior government officials, global leaders, business executives, and prominent thinkers discuss pressing international issues. CFR Presents is a portal to live video content and offers an archive of approximately 1,300 videos; 2,000 audio recordings; and 2,000 transcripts by region, topic, or series.

Latest Events

United States

Senator Coons discusses his recent congressional delegation to East Asia and provides his perspective on U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific and the future of U.S.-China relations.

Authoritarianism

Panelists discuss the use of imprisonment and torture as political tools of authoritarian regimes, including their experiences with political imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Syria, and their perspectives on the mass incarceration and mistreatment of dissidents in those countries. The panel also addresses the challenges of formulating effective responses to these violations as populations seek political freedoms and democratic reforms.

United States

This is the keynote event for the 2019 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs. 

Explainer Videos

Renewable Energy

Solar energy, the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, could one day supply most of the world’s energy needs. But in a new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet” (MIT Press), energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that solar’s current surge is on track to stall, dimming prospects for averting catastrophic climate change. Brightening those prospects, he argues, will require innovation—creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems.

Human Rights

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not only violates human rights laws but also threatens stability and economic development. 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Over the past two decades, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced fighting that has killed more than five million people. As the eastern Congo struggles to overcome years of regional war, its hard-won progress remains at risk.

Event Series

Paul C. Warnke Lecture

This lecture series on international security supports the belief that U.S. power brings with it a special responsibility in world affairs.

Paul C. Warnke Lecture

This lecture series on international security supports the belief that U.S. power brings with it a special responsibility in world affairs.

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics

The world's foremost economic policymakers and scholars address members on current topics in international economics and U.S. monetary policy. 

Podcasts

United States

Rohinton Medhora, president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Andres Rozental, former president of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the trade relationship between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Conference Call Series

Corporate Conference Calls

Noted thinkers and practitioners discuss issues at the nexus of business and foreign policy.

Member Conference Calls

CFR scholars and experts analyze breaking news and answer questions from CFR members.

Academic Conference Calls

The premier forum for educators and students to discuss foreign policy with CFR experts.