Experts in Energy and Climate Change, Russia, and Gender and Human Rights Join CFR

August 9, 2017

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes three fellows, Amy Myers JaffeJames Goldgeier, and Caroline Bettinger-López, to its David Rockefeller Studies Program. “The diverse knowledge areas of Amy, Jim, and Caroline are a reflection of the Council’s growing range and depth of expertise,” said CFR President Richard N. Haass.

Amy Myers Jaffe joins as the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. At CFR, Jaffe’s research will focus on how technology innovation will transform the global energy system and affect international security, oil and gas geopolitics, and energy policy. She will also direct a roundtable series on energy and climate change.

Jaffe comes to CFR after serving as a senior advisor for energy and sustainability in the office of the chief investment officer of the University of California. She led research on corporate strategies in the oil and gas industry at the University of California, Davis, and investigated transportation fuel and climate strategies for the state of California. She was also a global fellow at the Wilson Center. Prior to joining the University of California, Jaffe was the founding director of the Energy Forum at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public policy and the director of a CFR task force on strategic energy policy.

A former financial journalist, Jaffe is coauthor of Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold and coeditor of Natural Gas and Geopolitics: From 1970 to 2040. She has served as a lecturer at the University of California, Davis, Yale University, and Rice University. Jaffe received her BA from Princeton University.

James M. Goldgeier will join CFR as a visiting senior fellow. A former director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council in the Bill Clinton administration and a former CFR Whitney H. Shepardson senior fellow, Goldgeier will conduct a roundtable series on Europe and Russia. He will research and write on the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and U.S.-Russia relations.

From 2011 to 2017, Goldgeier was dean of American University’s School of International Service, where he is currently a professor of international relations. He is also codirector of the Carnegie Corporation-funded Bridging the Gap initiative and a coeditor of the Bridging the Gap book series at Oxford University Press. From 2015 to 2017, he served as president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Previously, he taught at George Washington University and Cornell University.

Goldgeier has held a number of other appointments, including Henry A. Kissinger chair at the Library of Congress, Edward Teller national fellow at the Hoover Institution, public policy scholar at the Wilson Center, and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has authored or coauthored four books, most recently America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 with Derek Chollet. He received his BA from Harvard University, and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Caroline Bettinger-López joins CFR as an adjunct senior fellow for women and foreign policy. She will research domestic and global responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child marriage, and other forms of violence against women.

Bettinger-López is currently a professor of clinical legal education and director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. She recently completed a two-year term at the White House as an advisor on violence against women and senior advisor to then Vice President Joe Biden, where she helped develop the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women.

She was previously a visiting associate clinical professor and acting director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. Bettinger-López has served as the deputy director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School and as a Skadden fellow and staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project. She earned her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA from the University of Michigan.

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