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A chance to go inside Council on Foreign Relations events. Listen to world leaders and foreign policy experts discuss and debate the most pressing issues in international affairs.


U.S. Interests in the Central Region: Is Washington Overinvested?

Mon, 02 Apr 18 16:04:38 EDT

Panelists debate the future role of the United States in the Middle East given competing global priorities.

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Afghanistan: Endless War?

Mon, 02 Apr 18 15:44:10 EDT

Panelists look at America's longest war and examine strategies for how to bring it to an end.

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The Iran Fault Line

Mon, 02 Apr 18 15:29:44 EDT

Panelists address Iran's influence in Syria, Iraq, and the Gulf and offer ideas on how to counter Tehran's efforts.

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Unrivaled Power: The Lifting of China’s Presidential Term Limits

Wed, 07 Mar 18 14:37:58 EST

Speakers discuss the proposed amendment to China’s constitution to eliminate presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely, and the implications for China’s domestic politics and its relationship with the United States.

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Women’s Contributions to Peace and Security: A Conversation With Senator Shaheen

Wed, 14 Feb 18 12:53:32 EST

With the passage of the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, the United States is now required by law to improve women's participation in peace and security processes, including in efforts to reduce radicalization and violent extremism.

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The Foreign Policy Legacy of the Founding Fathers

Tue, 13 Feb 18 10:50:28 EST

Speakers discuss the founding of the United States, the priorities and goals debated during the framing of the U.S. Constitution, and what eighteenth century politics can teach us about modern U.S. foreign policy.

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Human Capital and the Future of Economic Growth and Security

Mon, 05 Feb 18 10:49:20 EST

President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim discusses strategies for promoting sustainable, inclusive economic growth, including the Bank Group’s newest initiative, the Human Capital Project, and how investing in people is imperative to maintaining stability and building equality of opportunity. 

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World Economic Update

Fri, 26 Jan 18 12:09:01 EST

The World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends. 

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World Economic Update

Tue, 02 Jan 18 13:08:31 EST

The World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends.

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The Russia Probe and U.S. National Security: A Conversation With U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff

Mon, 05 Feb 18 09:54:51 EST

Adam B. Schiff (D-CA) discusses the national security implications of Russia's U.S. election interference, and the security concerns associated with North Korea and withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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Engaging Religious Communities in Countering Violent Extremism

Thu, 15 Feb 18 11:57:35 EST

Tarek Elgawhary, Susan Hayward, Humera Khan, and Peter Mandaville discuss engaging religious communities in countering violent extremism.

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Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow's Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge

Wed, 24 Jan 18 17:05:40 EST

In the Council Special Report Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow’s Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge, Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon argue that the U.S. response to Russia’s continued attacks on U.S. democracy and attempts to undermine U.S. power worldwide has been insufficient to deter future attacks.

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Behavioral Economics in the Age of Big Data

Fri, 19 Jan 18 13:18:10 EST

The Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium generates critical thinking about the consequences of herd mentality behavior in global economics. 

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A Conversation With Google's Hal Varian

Fri, 19 Jan 18 09:53:15 EST

The Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium generates critical thinking about the consequences of herd mentality behavior in global economics.

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U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy: Next Steps for the State Department

Wed, 31 Jan 18 10:56:51 EST

Ambassador Nathan A. Sales discusses U.S. counterterrorism initiatives and developments to the UN Security Council Resolution on Foreign Terrorist Fighters.

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NAFTA and the Future of U.S.-Canada Relations

Tue, 23 Jan 18 11:43:43 EST

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland discusses the ongoing negotiations of NAFTA, and how the future of the trade agreement will influence U.S.-Canada relations.

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The View on Trade: From Federal to State Levels

Wed, 03 Jan 18 14:11:27 EST

Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) discusses the future of international trade policy, the next steps he would like to pursue for the state of California, and his perspective on the role of states in promoting U.S. trade.

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Strategy and Tactics: Examining Israel’s National Security

Thu, 11 Jan 18 11:46:37 EST

Panelists discuss Israel’s national security strategy, including implications for the Middle East and U.S.-Israel relations.

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Foreign Affairs Issue Launch with Former Vice President Joe Biden

Wed, 10 Jan 18 12:37:43 EST

Coauthors Joe Biden and Michael Carpenter discuss the article, “How to Stand Up to the Kremlin: Defending Democracy Against Its Enemies,” which appears in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs. 

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Digital Discord: The View From Russia

Tue, 16 Jan 18 16:19:30 EST

A panel of Russian independent journalists and founders of digital media startups will provide their perspective on U.S. coverage of the discord between the two countries, and discuss how it relates to their own experiences as online activists and entrepreneurs.

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World Energy Outlook

Mon, 18 Dec 17 15:14:05 EST

Fatih Birol discusses the newest edition of World Energy Outlook, the prospects for renewable energy, and the outlook for energy markets in the coming year.

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