Meetings, Symposia, and Conferences

CFR’s original historic mission, dating to CFR’s founding in 1921, is to provide a nonpartisan forum for informed foreign policy debate. Today that mission is more vigorous than ever. Panel discussions, interviews, lectures, book clubs, and film screenings bring CFR members together with senior government officials, world leaders, academic experts, and prominent thinkers to discuss the major foreign policy issues of our time.

April 20, 2017

Roundtable ⁄ San Francisco

San Francisco Roundtable: Understanding the Islamic State Group

Speaker Graeme Wood

National Correspondent, Atlantic; Lecturer in Political Science, Yale University; 2015–2016 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Joseph L. Holliday

Business Development, Palantir Technologies

April 20, 2017

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April 19, 2017

Roundtable ⁄ Beverly Hills

Los Angeles Roundtable: Understanding the Islamic State Group

Speaker Graeme Wood

National Correspondent, Atlantic; Lecturer in Political Science, Yale University; 2015–2016 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

April 19, 2017

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Roundtable ⁄ New York

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: One Year On

Speaker Jin Liqun

President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

April 19, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ New York

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics with Benoît Cœuré

Speaker Benoît Cœuré

Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank


Presider Steven Liesman

Senior Economics Reporter, CNBC

April 19, 2017

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April 18, 2017

Symposium ⁄ New York

Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium

April 18, 2017

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Roundtable ⁄ Cambridge

Boston Roundtable: A World in Disarray

Speaker Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

April 18, 2017

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April 13, 2017

Symposium ⁄ New York

Russia Today

Speakers Heidi Crebo-RedikerAdjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Keir GilesAssociate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Chatham House, Kathryn StonerSenior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Presider Drew J. GuffManaging Director, Siguler Guff & Company L.P.
April 13, 2017

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Symposium ⁄ New York

Russian Foreign Policy

Speakers Jennifer M. HarrisSenior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, James NixeyHead, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, Alina PolyakovaDirector of Research, Europe and Eurasia, Atlantic Council
Presider Andrew Nagorski

Author and Journalist; Former Vice President and Director of Public Policy, EastWest Institute

April 13, 2017

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Symposium ⁄ New York

Responding to Russia

Speakers Samuel CharapSenior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation, Thomas GomartDirector, Institut Francais des Relations Internationales, Charles A. KupchanSenior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs, National Security Council
Presider Kimberly MartenAnn Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
April 13, 2017

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Symposium ⁄ New York

How Did We Get Here?

Speakers James M. GoldgeierDean, American University; Former Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council, Philip H. GordonSenior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Marie MendrasResearch Fellow, National Center for Scientific Research; Professor, Paris School of International Affairs-Sciences Po.
Presider Michael MandelbaumMichael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Author, Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era
April 13, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Polarization and the Future of Public Service 

Speakers John N. Yochelson

President, Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST); Author, Loving and Leaving Washington (2016)

, Reema Dodin

Floor Director, Office of Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)


Presider Stephen Sestanovich

George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

April 13, 2017

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April 12, 2017

Symposium ⁄ New York

Perspectives on Russia

Speakers Dmitri TreninDirector, Carnegie Moscow Center, Alexander R. VershbowDistinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation; Former Deputy Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Presider Paula Dobriansky

Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs


Introductory Remarks Rita E. HauserPresident, Hauser Foundation; Former Chair, International Peace Institute
April 12, 2017

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Wednesday, April 12—April 13, 2017

Symposium ⁄ New York

Russia and the West Symposium

April 12, 2017 - April 13, 2017

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April 12, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture

Speaker Staffan de Mistura

Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations


Presider Isobel Coleman

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management, Reform, and Special Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State

April 12, 2017

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April 10, 2017

Meeting ⁄ Washington

U.S. Security Amid Budget Cuts: A Conversation with Senator Chris Murphy

Speaker Christopher Murphy

U.S. Senator (D-CT); Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


Presider Samuel H. Feist

Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Vice President, CNN

April 10, 2017

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Thursday, April 6—April 7, 2017

Conference ⁄ New York

2017 CFR Corporate Conference

April 6, 2017 - April 7, 2017

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April 6, 2017

Symposium ⁄ Washington

The Future of Anticorruption in U.S. Foreign Policy

April 6, 2017

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April 5, 2017

Meeting ⁄ New York

A Look Inside Mexico

Speakers Randal C. Archibold

Deputy Sports Editor, New York Times; Former Bureau Chief for Mexico, New York Times (2010–2015)

, Shannon K. O'Neil

Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

, Arturo Sarukhan

President, Sarukhan & Associates LLC; Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States (2007–2013)


Presider Jose W. Fernandez

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

April 5, 2017

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Emerging Technology: Driverless Cars and the Future of Transportation

Speakers Hans-Werner Kaas

Senior Partner and Cofounder, Automotive and Assembly Practice, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

, Karlyn D. Stanley

Adjunct Senior Researcher, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School 

, Jack Weast

Principal Engineer and Chief Architect, Autonomous Driving Solutions, Intel Corporation


Presider Daniel Runde

William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies

April 5, 2017

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April 4, 2017

Meeting ⁄ Washington

The Future of Europe: The EU at a Crossroads

Speakers Jeffrey Anderson

Graf Goltz Professor and Director, BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University

, David O'Sullivan

Ambassador and Head, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

, Constanze Stelzenmüller

Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution


Presider Arshad Mohammed

Diplomatic Correspondent, Reuters

April 4, 2017

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