Council Launches New Website

September 7, 2005

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Council Launches New Website as First-Stop Nonpartisan Resource on U.S. Foreign Policy and International Affairs

“Cfr.org is Rapidly Becoming the Google for the Foreign Policy Set”

Michael Moran, Former Senior Correspondent for MSNBC.com, Joins cfr.org as New Executive Editor


September 7, 2005—The Council on Foreign Relations has launched its newly redesigned website—www.cfr.org—to be the first-stop, nonpartisan resource on U.S. foreign policy and America’s role in the world. The new site features daily news packages, which provide background on the news enhanced with analysis from Council experts and other scholars. These packages are supported by essential primary source documents and Must Reads pointing our audience to the best original thinking on the major international stories of the day.

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The site’s new Need to Know section highlights the most valuable foreign policy resources, including top blogs, best-selling book lists, columnists, relevant opinion polls, political cartoons, speeches by world leaders and newsmakers, travel alerts, and world events calendars for users to easily access what the foreign policy community is reading, thinking about, and discussing.

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“Cfr.org is rapidly becoming the Google for the foreign policy set,” said Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate. “The site is the best launching pad to find out about international affairs and the world beyond our borders. The Council staff’s fair-minded, authoritative, and up-to-the-minute analysis is an invaluable resource for journalists, scholars, and all those who want to be informed citizens.”

Executive Editor Michael Moran joins the cfr.org editorial team from MSNBC.com, where he has worked since 1996, first as senior producer for special reports and international news and, more recently, as senior correspondent on U.S. foreign and national security policy. “His experience in the journalism and web worlds is the perfect fit for cfr.org’s editorial goals,” said Council Senior Vice President and Publisher David Kellogg.

Other features on the new site include:

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  • Nearly 200 Background on the News fact sheets on world events and critical issues.
  • More than 300 exclusive expert interviews conducted by cfr.org consulting editor Bernard Gwertzman, former editor-in-chief of nytimes.com, and former foreign editor and diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times.
  • A selection of Must Reads culled by the Council to point our audience to the most innovative thinking on U.S. foreign policy.
  • Region and issue briefs by Council scholars.
  • Essential source documents ranging from constitutions and speeches to international agreements and treaties.
  • Articles and congressional testimony by Council fellows and other experts.
  • Timely on-the-record transcripts, audio files, videos, and webcasts from CFR meetings in New York, Washington, DC, and around the country.
  • A world events list with links to twenty-four global calendars.
  • Nearly 100 links to national and international think tanks and their work.
  • Independent Task Force Reports and Council Special Reports on today’s most urgent issues.
  • Advance highlights and excerpts from Foreign Affairs, recently ranked the most influential media outlet in theUnited States, according to a study of U.S.opinion leaders.

“The redesigned cfr.org is the leading website for authoritative information on and analysis of U.S. foreign policy,” said Council President Richard Haass. “While it is still the Council’s website, it will not be limited to the work of the Council. Cfr.org will be a resource for anyone who wants to better understand America’s role in the world.”

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Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.


Contact: Lisa Shields, Vice President, Communications +1-212-434-9888 or communications@cfr.org

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