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

Women and Economic Growth

Speakers discuss gender disparity in corporate boardrooms, and what businesses can do to promote diversity and inclusion in the global labor market.


Panelists discuss current U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan and explore other possible military and diplomatic options to address the ongoing conflict.

United States

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.

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

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. 

CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

The annual Arthur Ross Book Award recognizes nonfiction books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of foreign policy or international relations.

CFR Fellows' Book Launch

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



Susan Glasser, Chief International Affairs Correspondent at POLITICO, discusses upcoming Russian elections and the rise of targeted disinformation campaigns.

Conference Call Series

Academic Conference Calls

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

Corporate Conference Calls

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

Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Calls

Faith leaders, scholars, and policy experts discuss issues at the intersection of religion and global affairs.