CFR Kicks Off Group Blog on Pressing International Issues

October 6, 2008

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched the "CFR Forum" (, a new group blog, featuring a series of expert discussions moderated by CFR fellows. The forum will address a different international issue approximately every two weeks, with a changing cast of participants, handpicked by the CFR fellow hosting the discussion.

The first discussion, led by Sebastian Mallaby, director of CFR’s Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, looks at "Financial Turmoil and U.S. Power," and includes the following participants:

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Charles Calomiris, Henry Kaufman professor of financial institutions, Columbia Business School
Heidi Crebo-Rediker, co-director, Global Strategic Finance Initiative, New America Foundation
Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt scholar in political economy, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel professor of capital formation and growth, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. chair in government/business relations and professor of government, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Peter Gosselin, national economics correspondent, Los Angeles Times
Roger Kubarych, Henry Kaufman adjunct senior fellow for international economics and finance, Council on Foreign Relations
Desmond Lachman, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Brink Lindsey, vice president for research, Cato Institute
Robert Litan, vice president of research and policy, Kauffman Foundation
Michael Mandelbaum, director, American Foreign Policy Program, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Megan McArdle, journalist, The Atlantic
Richard Medley, founder, Medley Global Advisors
Joseph Nye, Sultan of Oman professor of international relations, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Adam Posen, deputy director, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Brad W. Setser, fellow for geoeconomics, Council on Foreign Relations
Benn Steil, senior fellow and director of international economics, Council on Foreign Relations
Arvind Subramanian, senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

The group of invited participants posts contributions directly to the forum, while comments from readers will be included in the discussion at the discretion of the host. Future discussions will address issues ranging from Iran’s nuclear program to the global food crisis.

The CFR Forum is available at:

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