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Verbatim transcripts of on-the-record CFR meetings. Roughly half the meetings held at CFR since 2000 are on the record, and the vast majority of these are transcribed and posted on (Before 2000, most CFR meetings were on a not-for-attribution bas

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Poor World Cities: A Conversation with Edward Glaeser

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:52:32 -0400

Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, discusses poor world megacities, the reasons their growth differs from previous patterns of urbanization, and the implications for their residents and the world at large as part of the Global Health, Economics, and Development Roundtable Series.


Remarks by Bundesbank Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret at CFR Roundtable

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:22:31 -0400

Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret spoke at a meeting of Benn Steil's CGS Roundtable Series in International Finance on April 22.


A Conversation With Giovanni Buttarelli

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:30:18 -0400

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, discusses the strategy for his five year mandate and other data protection issues in Europe and around the world.


Saudi Arabia: A Look Ahead

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:54:50 -0400

Experts discuss Saudi Arabia’s leadership transition and what it means for policymaking, oil prices, and human rights.


Turkish PM Davutoglu on Turkey's Economy

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:44:32 -0500

Ahmet Davutoğlu, prime minister of the Republic of Turkey, discusses Turkey's economy with CFR President Richard N. Haass.


The Future of American Power and Influence

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:21:39 -0500

Experts discuss the role of the United States in a changing global power structure.


Media Conference Call: Assessing Netanyahu's Speech

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:47:47 -0500

CFR experts Robert Danin and Ray Takeyh discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3, 2015 speech before a joint session of U.S. Congress. Experts discuss U.S.-Israel relations, Prime Minister Netanyahu's strategic objectives, and ongoing talks over Iran's nuclear program.


U.S. Policy Options in Ukraine

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:17:31 -0500

John E. Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and former  U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, join Washington Post associate editor Karen J. DeYoung to discuss Ukraine’s politics, policies, and options going forward.


James Clapper on Global Intelligence Challenges

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:04:41 -0500

Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., joins Frances Fragos Townsend, executive vice president at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., to discuss the state of the intelligence community, and current challenges and successes experienced across the enterprise.


Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans and Robots in the Economy

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:56:48 -0500

MIT professor emeritus and Rethink Robotics’ founder Rodney Brooks, Carnegie Mellon’s Abhinav Gupta, and MIT’s Andrew McAfee, join Nicholas Thompson, editor at, to discuss artificial intelligence (AI) and robot technology, and their economic impact on industry and society in the future.


Mac Thornberry on the Budget, National Security, and Policy Reform

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:08:28 -0500

Mac Thornberry, U.S. Representative (R-TX) and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, joins Princeton University’s James Shinn to discuss threats to U.S. national security and Thornberry’s vision for the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees the budgets and policies of the military, Department of Defense, and the Pentagon.


Geopolitical Implications of the Oil Price Plunge

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:33:41 -0500

Michael Gfoeller, advisor at The Chertoff Group, David Goldwyn, president of Goldwyn Global Strategies, and Angela E. Stent, professor at Georgetown University, join CFR’S Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, to discuss the geopolitical implications of low oil prices.


Economic Winners and Losers in the Oil Price Plunge

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:25:57 -0500

Charles Collyns, managing director and chief economist at the Institute of International Finance, James Stock, economics professor at Harvard University, and Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, join Yahoo! News anchor Bianna Golodryga, to exchange views on the recent oil price plunge.

This meeting is part of the Geoeconomic Consequences of the Oil Price Plunge symposium, which is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.


Low Oil Prices: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Headed?

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:40:19 -0500

Howard K. Gruenspecht, deputy administrator at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Edward L. Morse, global head of commodities research at Citibank, and Katherine B. Spector, head of commodities research at CIBC World Markets, join Bloomberg’s editor-at-large Betty Liu, to discuss the history and future of oil prices.

This meeting is part of the Geoeconomic Consequences of the Oil Price Plunge symposium, which is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.


Soldier-Authors: The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in New Works of Fiction

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:20:46 -0500

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join PEN American Center's Peter Godwin, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.


The Role of Religious Environmentalism

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:32:39 -0500

Mary Evelyn Tucker, codirector of Yale University’s Forum on Religion and Ecology, discusses the role of faith-based organizations in global efforts to address climate change, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.


Media Call: The 2015 National Security Strategy

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:18:58 -0500

CFR experts Robert D. Blackwill and Janine Davidson unpack the 2015 national security strategy and consider how it might affect U.S. foreign policy and military operations.


Media Call: Measles Outbreak in the United States

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:35:26 -0500

Laurie Garrett, CFR's senior fellow for global health, and Richard Besser, ABC News' chief health and medical editor join Thomas Novotny, San Diego University's associate director for border and global health, for a conference call on the recent measles outbreak in the United States and its effect on public health.


What to Do About U.S.-India Relations

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:18:25 -0500

Alyssa Ayres, CFR's senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, CFR's Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, join John D. Negroponte, vice chairman at McLarty Associates, to discuss U.S.-India relations.


Xi Jinping's Economic Reforms and Consolidation of Power

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:34:05 -0500

Madeleine K. Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the International Finance Corporation, David M. Cote, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell, and Jon Huntsman, chairman of the Atlantic Council, join Elizabeth C. Economy, CFR's C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies, to discuss the political, economic, and security aspects of the U.S.-China relationship and their policy implications.


Janet Napolitano Looks Back on Border Control, Cyber Policy, and Leadership in Homeland Security

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:48:16 -0500

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), joins CFR Board Member Mary McInnis Boies, to discuss Napolitano’s career. Napolitano reflects on border control, cybersecurity, intelligence capabilities, and leadership.


The Arab Uprisings: Four Years Later

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:29:09 -0500

Experts discuss the Arab uprisings, their aftermath, and their effect on today’s political landscape. 


Media Call on President Obama's Trip to India

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:26:51 -0500

This weekend, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit India twice and the first to be a guest for India's Republic Day. The upcoming meeting comes only four months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the White House. Alyssa Ayres, CFR senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discussed what to expect from the president's visit.


Falling Oil Prices, Europe's Quantitative Easing, Nervous Markets: The Global Economy at the Start of 2015

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:22:38 -0500

Nomura Securities' Lewis Alexander, LSE's Philippe Legrain, and CFR's Michael A. Levi, join CFR's Sebastian Mallaby, to discuss the global economy in 2015. The panel discusses oil prices, quantitative easing in Europe, and Greece and Russia’s economies.


Howard Dean and Grover Norquist on the Successes and Failures of LBJ's Great Society

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:15:51 -0500

Former governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, and Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist, join Politico's Michael P. Hirsh, to discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson’s broad social agenda, the Great Society. Fifty years after the Great Society’s inception, the panelists reflect on the agenda’s economic and social legacy and envision its future.


Protecting Retirement Security: The Future of Public Pensions

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:37:09 -0500

Orchard Global Asset Management's Bradley D. Belt, North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, join Columbia University's Glenn Hubbard, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.


Christine Lagarde on a New Multilateralism for the Global Economy

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:18:05 -0500

Christine Lagarde, managing director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), joins Diana Farrell, chief executive officer and president at the JPMorgan Chase Institute, to discuss the global economy and the IMF’s role in 2015.


United Nations' Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:19:04 -0500

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins Columbia University's George Rupp, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.


Media Conference Call: Farah Pandith on Violent Extremism

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:02:39 -0500

Farah Pandith, CFR adjunct senior fellow and the first-ever State Department special representative to Muslim communities, put the January 7, 2015 massacre at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in context, explain the appeal of violent Islamic extremism, and offer a long-term strategy to combat extremist ideology.


Media Conference Call: North Korean Cyberattack on Sony Pictures

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:29:24 -0500

Adam Segal, CFR senior fellow for China studies, and Scott A. Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies, discussed the cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the studio's decision to cancel its release of The Interview, a comedy that reportedly depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.