The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the Printable CFR Experts Guide.
Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
Former senior director for democracy and human rights, senior director for the Near East, and deputy national security adviser handling Middle East affairs in the George W. Bush administration. Former assistant secretary of state for UN affairs, human rights, and Latin America in the Reagan administration.
Adjunct Fellow for Energy
Chief commodities economist at Citigroup and adjunct associate professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
Former Washington bureau chief at the Financial Times. Recently co-directed the Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy and was the project director for the Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy. Latest book, The Closing of the American Border, examines U.S. visa and border policies in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps
Infantry officer and former commander of the Basic School in Quantico, VA, and director of strategic effects ISAF, HQ, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Commanded the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines in eastern Afghanistan and western Iraq and was executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines in OIF I, the March to Baghdad. Operational experience in Operation Just Cause, Panama; Operation Desert Storm, Kuwait; and Operation Assured Response, Liberia.
Scholar of religions and expert on the Middle East. Author of the international bestseller No god but God.
Director, Studies Administration
Adjunct Senior Fellow for International and National Security Law
Partner at Arnold & Porter, LLP. Former legal adviser for the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council. Currently directing a roundtable series on international and national security law.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
Senior Fellow for International Economics
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy
Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy
Former deputy assistant to the president, deputy national security adviser for strategic planning, and presidential envoy to Iraq under George W. Bush. U.S. Ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003. Current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geoeconomics. Editor of Iran: The Nuclear Challenge.
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development
Expert on international law and regulatory policy, noncommunicable diseases and tobacco control, technological innovation and delivery, international trade and investment, and intellectual property. Adjunct professor of law, former U.S. trade negotiator. Currently directing a roundtable series on Global Health, Economics, and Development.
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
Award-winning author, historian, and military strategist. Author of The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power and War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today. Finishing Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present, which will be released by W.W. Norton & Co. in January 2013.
National Intelligence Fellow
Senior executive serving in the U.S. intelligence community; previous work included regional analysis related to U.S. national security issues. Currently working on China and Southeast Asia issues.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia
Former director for Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. Leading architect of U.S. policy toward Indonesia during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Currently directing a roundtable series that focuses on Asia.
Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies
Career Foreign Service officer and former ambassador to Nigeria. Political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria during South Africa's first non-racial elections. His book Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink was published by Rowman & Littlefield in November 2010. The second edition is coming soon. He writes the blog "Africa in Transition" and edits the Nigeria Security Tracker.
Fellow for Energy and National Security
Former private sector oil analyst and instructor in finance and economics at Oxford University. Current research focuses on energy security and policy, global commodities markets, and natural resource economics.
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
Assistant professor of international relations at University of Southern California and adjunct member of research staff at Institute for Defense Analyses. Currently working on game-theoretic analyses of nuclear proliferation and the non-proliferation regime.
Director of Google Ideas, Google Inc. Former member of the policy planning staff under both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies
Internationally renowned expert on the Chinese legal system and professor at NYU School of Law. Current work examines the rule of law in Asian countries.