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

A Reset of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body (CFR)

The Trump administration has destroyed the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body, much to the dismay of those needing the certainty of a rules-based trading system. Three reforms could get it back on track.


Jennifer Anne Hillman

Tsai Ing-wen’s Victory: A Few Initial Notes (CFR)

Although Taiwan’s presidential election seemed, in the middle of last year, like it was going to be a close contest, this past weekend incumbent Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was handily re-elected to a second term in office.


 by Joshua Kurlantzick

2019: The Beginning of the End of the Open Internet Era (CFR)

In the next decade, China will establish a separate root system for their share of the internet. This will mark the end of the global internet era. When the root splits, the United States and its allies should establish a coalition of democratic nations that would offer a stark choice and clear alternative to the Chinese internet governance model for the rest of the world.


 by Robert K. Knake

The Global Impact of the Amazon Rainforest Fires (CFR)

Panelists discuss the international concern surrounding the climate crisis in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and how to address heightened deforestation.


Monica B. de Bolle

Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Peter Seligmann

Chairman, Conservation International; CEO, Nia Tero 

Daniel Zarin

Director of Programs, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Mark R. Tercek

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Nature Conservancy 

Distinguished Voices Series with Susan E. Rice (CFR)

Susan Rice discusses her new book Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, which is a look back on her dynamic career in public service. 


Susan E. Rice

Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, American University; Former National Security Advisor; Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Author, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For         


President, Council on Foreign Relations