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The Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture Series

About the Lectureship Series

Russell C. Leffingwell
Russell C. Leffingwell Century Society Archives

The Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture, inaugurated in 1969, was named for a charter member of CFR who served as its president from 1944 to 1946 and as its chairman from 1946 to 1953. This lecture is given by a distinguished foreign official who is invited to address CFR members on a topic of major international significance. The lectureship was originally endowed by the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and by Edward and Lucy Leffingwell Pulling, and more recently through the generosity of Thomas Leffingwell Pulling and his son Edward Leffingwell Pulling.



Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr discuss Canada’s global outlook, including the government’s perspective on the future of multilateralism, the importance of economic growth that benefits everyone, gender equality and women’s empowerment, fighting climate change, and restoring confidence in democratic and international institutions.


Tony Blair and Irina Bokova discuss the role of education and civil society in preventing global extremism and raising awareness among governments.


Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto joins CFR Co-Chairman Robert E. Rubin to discuss Mexico's reform progress.

United Kingdom

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