Each year CFR organizes more than one hundred on-the-record events, conference calls, and podcasts in which senior government officials, global leaders, business executives, and prominent thinkers discuss pressing international issues. CFR Presents is a portal to live video content and offers an archive of approximately 1,300 videos; 2,000 audio recordings; and 2,000 transcripts by region, topic, or series.

Latest Events

U.S. Congress

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.

Wars and Conflict

Conflicts, crises in fragile states, and violent extremism are on the rise and a record number of people were forced from their homes last year. Short-term security interventions and humanitarian responses often only provide temporary relief. Achim Steiner discusses how development must be redefined in the twenty-first century to address the underlying causes of crises, citing results from the United Nations’ work in hotspots around the world, including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, and the Sahel. The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council membership.

United States

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.

Explainer Videos

Renewable Energy

Solar energy, the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, could one day supply most of the world’s energy needs. But in a new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet” (MIT Press), energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that solar’s current surge is on track to stall, dimming prospects for averting catastrophic climate change. Brightening those prospects, he argues, will require innovation—creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems.

Human Rights

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not only violates human rights laws but also threatens stability and economic development. 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Over the past two decades, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced fighting that has killed more than five million people. As the eastern Congo struggles to overcome years of regional war, its hard-won progress remains at risk.

Event Series

CFR Fellows' Book Launch

This series highlights new books by CFR fellows, with a discussion with the author, cocktail reception, and book signing.

What to Do About...

Made possible through the generous support of Home Box Office, this series highlights a specific issue and features experts who put forward competing analyses and policy prescriptions.

Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture

This lecture is given by a distinguished foreign official, who is invited to address Council members on a topic of major international significance. 

Podcasts

United States

Rohinton Medhora, president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Andres Rozental, former president of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the trade relationship between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Conference Call Series

Corporate Conference Calls

Noted thinkers and practitioners discuss issues at the nexus of business and foreign policy.

Member Conference Calls

CFR scholars and experts analyze breaking news and answer questions from CFR members.

Academic Conference Calls

The premier forum for educators and students to discuss foreign policy with CFR experts.