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Experts

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.

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Elliott Abrams

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. Author of Tested by Zion, winner of the 2013 Washington Institute for Near East Policy's bronze prize.

Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow

Former Financial Times Washington bureau chief. Co-directed the Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy (2011) and directed the Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy (2009). 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.

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John B. Bellinger III

Adjunct Senior Fellow for International and National Security Law

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. A partner at Arnold & Porter, LLP.

Richard K. Betts

Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Former commissioner to the National Commission on Terrorism and former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Current work examines the U.S. national security agenda. Author of American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security and Arnold A. Saltzman professor of war and peace studies in the political science department, director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and director of the international security policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Robert D. Blackwill

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. Author of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World. 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.

Thomas J. Bollyky

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.

Benjamin Brake

International Affairs Fellow

Foreign affairs analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. He previously worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel.

Karen Brooks

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia

One of the top Southeast Asia experts in the United States, with a long career in the region that spans academia, government and business. She was a leading architect of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia during the Clinton and Bush Administrations and focuses on economic policy making in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar.

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John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies

Former ambassador to Nigeria (2004–2007) and career Foreign Service officer. Other tours included deputy assistant secretary for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs. Author of Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink. He writes the blog Africa in Transition and edits the Nigeria Security Tracker.

Blake Clayton

Adjunct Fellow for Energy

Member of the Integrated Oil and Gas equity research team at Citigroup. Former fellow on energy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jared Cohen

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former member of the policy planning staff under both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Director of Google Ideas, Google Inc. Author of The New Digital Age.

Jerome A. Cohen

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.

Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Senior Fellow

Former chief economist, U.S. Department of State. Former chief of international finance and economics, Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to government service, spent nearly two decades in investment banking running a range of businesses. Research, publications, and events examine the role of economic statecraft in U.S. foreign policy and on infrastructure as a driver of U.S. competitiveness.

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Robert M. Danin

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies

Former head, Office of the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair, in Jerusalem. Former State Department and National Security Council official with over twenty years government experience specializing in the Middle East. Currently researching and writing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab uprisings, and U.S. interests in the Middle East.

Janine Davidson

Senior Fellow for Defense Policy

Dr. Janine Davidson is senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her areas of expertise include defense strategy and policy, military operations, national security, and civil-military relations.