The ICC’s Probe Into Atrocities in Afghanistan: What to Know (CFR)

The ICC appeals chamber’s decision to move ahead on an investigation of grave abuses by combatants in Afghanistan, including U.S. forces, marks an unprecedented move that is likely to arouse intensive pushback from Washington.

 by David J. Scheffer

Examining the Coronavirus Outbreak: China, Markets, and Global Health Governance (CFR)

Speakers discuss how the coronavirus outbreak is testing global health governance, its broader economic consequences, and its implications for the Chinese political system.

Thomas R. Frieden

President and Chief Executive Officer, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies; Former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations; @YanzhongHuang

Jennifer Nuzzo

Senior Scholar, Center for Health Security, and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, and Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; @Brad_Setser

Robyn Meredith

Client Strategist, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Delivering on the Deal: Brexit, the European Union, and Beyond (CFR)

After the United Kingdom’s January 31 deadline to leave the European Union, questions remain regarding how Brexit will affect the United Kingdom’s relations with the European Union and the United States. Our speakers discuss the transition period, the consequences of Brexit, and what to expect in the coming year.

Caroline Atkinson

Senior Adviser, Rock Creek Group; Executive Committee Member, Peterson Institute

Senior Fellow for Europe, Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Professor of International Political Economy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; @m2matthijs

Mujtaba Rahman

Managing Director, Europe, Eurasia Group (via videoconference from London)

Amanda Sloat

Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

Marisa K. Bellack

Europe Editor, Washington Post

Brexit Is Here: The EU and UK Must Brace for the Consequences (CFR)

When the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU), few expected that the ensuing negotiations would take over three years and trigger two general elections. Disagreement over the extent of and timeline for the UK’s separation from the bloc continued through the end of 2019. Only after the UK Conservative Party’s landslide victory in December did the path forward become clear. While the UK will formally leave the EU on January 31, 2020, it now enters a transition period during which it will remain in the EU’s customs union and single market until their future relationship is hashed out. Still, the Friday exit undoubtedly marks a new chapter in the Brexit saga.

Election 2020: Foreign Policy and the Democratic Primaries (CFR)

Panelists provide an update on the 2020 presidential race, the role of foreign policy in the upcoming primaries, and the international challenges the Democratic presidential candidates will need to address if they are elected president.

Charles Cook

Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report; Columnist, National Journal

Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; @JamesMLindsay

Margaret E. Talev

White House and Politics Editor, Axios; Political Analyst, CNN

Margaret G. Warner

Practitioner in Residence, School of International Service, American University; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

Arthur Ross Book Award: “These Truths–A History of the United States” (CFR)

Presider Gideon Rose celebrates the winners of this year’s Arthur Ross Book Award: Jill Lepore, Andrew Roberts, and Max Hastings. Gold medalist Jill Lepore discusses why the United States needs a national history.

Jill Lepore

David Woods Kemper 41 Professor of American History, Harvard University; Staff Writer, New Yorker; Author, These Truths: A History of the United States; 2019 Arthur Ross Book Award Gold Medalist


Peter G. Peterson Chair and Editor, Foreign Affairs; Chair, Arthur Ross Book Award Jury