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The Thomas J. Watson Meetings Program

Established in 1967 by the sons and daughters of Thomas J. Watson, the Thomas J. Watson Meetings Program brings high-ranking U.S. and foreign government officials to CFR. The program funds meetings with U.S. and foreign leaders of cabinet rank or higher.

July 18, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
A Woman on the Moon and Equality on Earth

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and push toward a new frontier in space exploration, it is time to ensure women are equal partners in STEM and space.

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson at the White House on November 24, 2015.

March 19, 2019

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Collateral Freedom: Proceed with Caution

Increasing collateral damage is an effective way of fighting censorship and expanding internet freedom. If we want to keep it that way, we ought to know its limitations

Sina Weibo's booth is pictured at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2017 in Beijing, China April 28, 2017.

February 1, 2019

South Africa
Zondo Commission Witness Details State Capture in South Africa

In January 2018, Ramaphosa appointed a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into “state capture,” the label commonly used in South Africa for government corruption. The testimony to the Zondo Commission of Angelo Agrizzi details the extravagant bribes paid by companies to the highest level of the governing African National Congress (ANC), mostly in return for highly lucrative contracts.

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January 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Women This Week: Saudi Arabia Stops "Secret Divorces"

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering January 5 to January 11, was compiled wit…

Women walk past a poster of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

November 8, 2019

Venezuela
Stabilizing Venezuela: What Now?

Panelists discuss the political stalemate in Venezuela, the spillover effects of the humanitarian crisis, and the scenarios and policy options the United States should consider as the regime of Nicol…

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September 7, 2018

Cybersecurity
Facebook, Twitter, and the Challenge From Washington

Can the country’s major digital platforms fight disinformation campaigns while facing the Trump administration’s charges of political bias?

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September 5, 2019

United States
A Conversation With John Delaney

John Delaney speaks on the future of U.S.-China relations. Read John Delaney’s answers to our questions on foreign policy issues. https://www.cfr.org/article/john-delaney

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May 28, 2010

Democracy
Colombia: Moving Beyond ’Narco-Democracy’

Colombian presidential candidate Antanas Mockus has generated surprising support for his campaign of transparency and change, but the winner will need to reassure voters that security improvements wi…

July 9, 2019

United States
A Conversation With Ash Carter

Secretary Carter discusses national security strategies in a rapidly changing world and his legacy as the twenty-fifth Secretary of Defense.   

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