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March 15, 2021

Defense and Security
Is Democracy in Decline?

Panelists discuss the future of democracy in the United States, including the actions that led to the siege of the Capitol and the threats facing U.S. democracy in its wake, how the Biden administrat…

Play Numerous national flags are seen in front of the United Nations Office (UNOG) on June 8, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.

March 11, 2021

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
David A. Morse Lecture With Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discusses the NATO 2030 initiative and his vision to strengthen and modernize the transatlantic alliance. The David A. Morse Lecture was inaugurated in 1994…

Play NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg video conference on security and defence and on the EU's Southern Neighborhood in Brussels

February 24, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
CFR Academic Webinar: Should We Stay or Should We Go? America's Role in the Middle East

F. Gregory Gause III, department head and professor of international affairs and John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, leads a conversation…

Play Soldier in the Middle East.

February 23, 2021

Yemen
A Conversation With Senator Chris Murphy

Senator Chris Murphy discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy in the Persian Gulf, the status of American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the foreign policy priorities for the 117th Co…

Play Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), speaks during a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on US Policy in the Middle East on Capitol Hill

February 22, 2021

Russia
Transition 2021 Series: How to Deal With Russia

Panelists discuss U.S. - Russia relations, including issues such as Ukraine, cybersecurity, and the domestic political outlook in both countries.  The Transition 2021 series examines the major iss…

Play Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the first day of the G20 economic summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

February 16, 2021

Defense and Security
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her new book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. In an unlikely showdown in northeastern Syria in 2014, an all-female militia faced of…

Play Sawoushka Ahmed, a Kurdish female fighter stands with a gun in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas.

January 13, 2021

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security: The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty—Reducing the Threat of Nuclear Weapons

The United Nations is expected to hold the tenth Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2021, following its spring 2020 postponement. In this event, panelists discuss the status o…

Play A demonstrator holds a peace sign during an anti-nuclear weapons protest rally and march in New York May 2, 2010. On the eve of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference

November 19, 2020

China
A Conversation With House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith

Adam Smith discusses his role as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the need for the United States to address growing competition with China.

Play Adam Smith speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing with a U.S. flag behind him

November 18, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Young Professionals Briefing: U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Presidential Priorities and What to Expect

Panelists discuss recent events in the Middle East and how those events may affect U.S. Middle East policy in the coming year, including normalized relations between Israel and two Gulf nations; Leba…

Play Egyptians wearing face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic attend Friday prayers at the mosque of al-Imam al-Shafi in the cemetery district of Historic Cairo, Egypt