CFR On the Record

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.


  • Human Trafficking, Conflict, and Security

    Jul 22 2019

  • A Conversation With Ash Carter

    Jun 26 2019

    Secretary Carter discusses national security strategies in a rapidly changing world and his legacy as the twenty-fifth Secretary of Defense.   

  • Women Revolutionizing Blockchain: Cryptocurrencies for Change

    Jun 19 2019

  • Congressional Oversight: A Conversation with Jim Jordan

    Jun 04 2019

    Representative Jim Jordan discusses the political challenges facing Congress and his role as ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

  • Defense and Emerging Technology: A Conversation with Senator Joni Ernst

    Jun 04 2019

    Senator Ernst discusses the importance of advancing U.S. defense technology to counter the emerging capabilities of China and Russia, and how threats resulting from advanced technology are influencing global power competition.  

  • A National Intelligence Strategy for the New Technology Age

    May 21 2019

    Panelists discuss the advanced threats facing intelligence agencies posed by breakthrough technologies, and how the intelligence community should adapt to sustain a strategic advantage in a rapidly changing technological era. 

  • A Conversation With Chairman Adam Schiff

    May 21 2019

    Adam Schiff discusses the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States today, including China’s use of artificial intelligence and surveillance, as well as tensions with Iran and North Korea. Additionally, Schiff offers his thoughts on how the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence can effectively conduct oversight of the Administration’s foreign policies.

  • Europe's Parliamentary Elections

    May 16 2019

    CFR Fellows James Goldgeier and Charles Kupchan discuss the major takeaways of the recent elections to the European Parliament, including the implications for the populist right, Brexit, and the future of European integration.

  • An Inside Look at Political Imprisonment

    May 01 2019

    Panelists discuss the use of imprisonment and torture as political tools of authoritarian regimes, including their experiences with political imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Syria, and their perspectives on the mass incarceration and mistreatment of dissidents in those countries. The panel also addresses the challenges of formulating effective responses to these violations as populations seek political freedoms and democratic reforms.

  • A Conversation with Senator Chris Van Hollen: Can a Polarized Congress Check President Trump?

    May 01 2019

    Senator Chris Van Hollen discusses the successes and failures of bipartisan efforts in Congress to check President Trump on crucial foreign policy issues, including Russia, North Korea, China, and Turkey.

  • A Century of Think Tanks

    Apr 24 2019

    Richard Haass, Thierry de Montbrial, Robin Niblett, and Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal discuss how think tanks can stay relevant and credible in a time when distrust of experts is rampant. The conversation marks the centennial of the meeting between British and American delegates to the Paris Peace Conference that conceived the idea of an Anglo-American institute of foreign affairs to study international problems with a view toward preventing future wars, and eventually established Chatham House and ...more

  • Congressional Trip to East Asia: A Debrief From Senator Christopher A. Coons

    Apr 24 2019

    Senator Coons discusses his recent congressional delegation to East Asia and provides his perspective on U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific and the future of U.S.-China relations.

  • A Conversation With Christopher Wray

    Apr 15 2019

    Director Wray discusses the FBI's role in protecting the United States from today's global threats.

  • Russia's Democracy: What Happens After Putin?

    Apr 05 2019

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky provides his perspective on the domestic political climate in Russia, prospects for democratic change, and the future of U.S.-Russia relations.

  • Council Special Report: Trump’s Foreign Policies Are Better Than They Seem

    Apr 03 2019

    Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill’s Council Special Report Trump’s Foreign Policies Are Better Than They Seem takes a step back from the feverish media temperature associated with coverage of Donald J. Trump’s first two years in office and offers a detailed analytical look at the president’s foreign policies—from his heavily scrutinized approaches to NATO and European security and rising Chinese power to his stances on North Korea, Afghanistan, and Venezuela. Blackwill grades Trump not on whether t...more

  • A Conversation With Félix Tshisekedi

    Mar 27 2019

    President Tshisekedi discusses the recent elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the future of the country in the region.

  • A Conversation With Jamie Dimon

    Mar 25 2019

    This event is presented as part of the 2019 Corporate Conference. 

  • Global Health and Sustainable Development: A Conversation With Natalia Kanem

    Mar 21 2019

  • A Toilet for All: Strengthening Health Outcomes, Human Security, and Developing Economies

    Mar 20 2019

    More than four billion people lack access to safe sanitation, which has profound implications for public heath, physical safety, women's rights, and human dignity. Health problems stemming from this lack of access cost the global economy over $200 billion each year. Please join our panelists for a discussion on the challenges and prospects for improving access to sanitation in the developing world.  

  • A Conversation With U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

    Mar 18 2019

    Senator Chris Murphy discusses the ongoing Brexit negotiations and their implications for U.S. policy toward the United Kingdom and the European Union.

  • The 2020 Census: The Risks of Getting It Wrong

    Mar 18 2019

    Panelists discuss preparations for the 2020 U.S. Census, including the potential influence of disinformation, changes to the nature of Census questions, and the implications of undercounting certain populations.

  • A Conversation with François Villeroy de Galhau

    Mar 18 2019

    Governor Villeroy discusses economic and financial developments in France and the European Union, monetary challenges for 2019, and related risks.

  • A Conversation with Ignazio Visco

    Mar 18 2019

    Governor Visco discusses Italy’s economic reform, the state of the country’s public finances, and the economic governance of the European Union.

  • Deal or No Deal? The Future of Brexit

    Mar 15 2019

    As Parliament attempts to break the deadlock over Britain’s departure from the European Union, the political and economic future of the region hangs in the balance.

  • The Fight Against Extremism: How We Win

    Mar 15 2019

    Farah Pandith and Kal Penn discuss how to inoculate communities against extremism, as well as Pandith’s new book, How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat.