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September 11, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Jon Finer Joins CFR as Adjunct Senior Fellow; Mervyn King Returns as Distinguished Fellow

September 7, 2018—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes Jon Finer to its David Rockefeller Studies Program as adjunct senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, and welcomes back Mervyn King, f…

November 10, 2020

United States
Revitalizing the State Department and American Diplomacy

Talent flight, institutional stagnation, and ever-evolving policy challenges such as COVID-19 plague a beleaguered State Department. American diplomacy requires serious changes, starting with institutional reform.

February 1, 2011

Politics and Government
2012 Update: Jon Huntsman, Jr.

President Obama poses with then Chinese ambassador to the U.S. Zhou Wenzhong and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at the Great Wall of China. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Former Utah Governor…

President Obama poses with then Chinese ambassador to U.S. Zhou and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at the Great Wall of China

March 3, 2022

Politics and Government
Renewing America Series: The History of American Democracy

Panelists discuss historical context and perspective for the current state of democracy in the United States. This meeting is part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy. Wi…

Play Cropped Hands Holding Placard With Text During Protest In City

October 29, 2013

Trade
The Renewing America Interview: Jon Huntsman on the Wisdom of Boosting U.S.-China Economic Ties

Later this week the U.S. Department of Commerce will host its inaugural SelectUSA Summit, an annual convention intended to promote overseas investment in the United States. The sold-out, two-day foru…

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman (Courtesy Reuters).

June 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Jon Huntsman, GOP Presidential Candidate

It’s official. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, has formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for president. As he promised, Huntsman made the announcem…

Jon Huntsman

April 11, 2022

United States
Lessons Learned With Richard Plepler

Richard Plepler discusses his distinguished career in film and TV production, including his twenty-eight years at HBO, six of which he served as chairman and CEO, and his current role as founder and …

Play Gala honoree Richard Plepler speaks onstage during Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall on May 29, 2018 in New York City.

February 18, 2021

United States
Can the State Department Bring More Diversity to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps?

President Biden has vowed to diversify the top ranks of government agencies. The small and shrinking number of senior Black diplomats, in particular, could undermine U.S. foreign policy goals.

April 7, 2022

Diplomacy and International Institutions
A Conversation With U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin discusses national security concerns, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the relationship between Russia and China, climate diplomacy, and global human rights abuses and …

Play WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) speaks during a hearing with the Helsinki Commission in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on March 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Commission on security and cooperation in Europe, which includes members from both the House of Representatives and the Senate met to discuss issues relating to Russian imperialism in Ukraine and beyond.

November 10, 2020

News Release
Reform State Department or Risk Further Damage to U.S. Influence Abroad, Warns CFR Report

“America’s network of international relationships is its foremost strategic asset, even as the agency charged with advancing U.S. interests through diplomacy—the Department of State (DOS)—has fallen …