Religion’s Role in Social Change (CFR)

Ruth Messinger, former president and current global ambassador of American Jewish World Service, Reverend Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager of the University of Southern California’s Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, and Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Change discuss religion’s role in social change

Virtual Roundtable: World Order After COVID-19: Perspectives From the European Union and Russia (CFR)

The COVID-19 pandemic has already sparked considerable debate over how the present international order could change as a consequence. Some commentators see the world growing more fragmented and disorderly while others believe this moment will give new impetus to international cooperation on a variety of global challenges. Speakers Andrey Kortunov, Russian International Affairs Council, and Nathalie Tocci, Istituto di Affari Internazionali, discuss what the post-pandemic world may look like.

Andrey Kortunov

Director General, Russian International Affairs Council

Nathalie Tocci

Director, Istituto di Affari Internazionali


General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

Virtual Meeting: Conference on Diversity in International Affairs: Leading Organizational Change in a COVID-19 World (CFR)

Speakers discuss how leaders from different sectors are spearheading organizational change in their respective fields, both through their experiences championing diversity at high-value levels and navigating the current COVID-19 crisis. This virtual event replaces the in-person 2020 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

President, Chicago Community Trust

Managing Director, Business Intelligence and Investigations, Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer,


Host, Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR


Female Leadership During COVID-19 (CFR)

Sandra Pepera, senior associate and director for Gender, Women and Democracy at the National Democratic Institute, discusses female leadership during COVID-19.


Sandra Pepera

Senior Associate and Director for Gender, Women and Democracy, National Democratic Institute


Irina A. Faskianos

Vice President, National Program and Outreach

Virtual Meeting: What to Do About… Series: U.S.-Iran Conflict: What Now? (CFR)

Panelists discuss current U.S. policy toward Iran and how the United States should approach the relationship moving forward.


Mary and David Boies Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign RelationsFormer Special Assistant to President Obama and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region (2013-2015); Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2009-2013)

Senior Research Scholar and Director of the International Security Program, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; Former Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, U.S. Department of State (2013-2015); Former Director for Iran, National Security Council (2011-2013)

Chief Executive Officer, Pharos Strategic Consulting LLC; Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (2008-2017); Former Chief, Iran Operations Division, Central Intelligence Agency (2006-2008)

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; Former Research and Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science


Journalist in Residence, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Former Global Affairs Correspondent, CNN

Virtual Meeting: The Future of Work After COVID-19 (CFR)

Panelists discuss the future of work after the COVID-19 pandemic, including how workers and businesses will have to adapt to the post-pandemic economic landscape and workplace environments.


Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; @EdwardAlden

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Chairman and Director, McKinsey Global Institute; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Business Talent Group


MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School Online

Affirming Our Commitment to Human Rights, at Home and Abroad (CFR)

The sickening murder of George Floyd, and the laudable fact that the press in the United States is free to report it and to tell the story of the protests sweeping the nation, has again exposed just how much injustice persists in the United States.

by Michelle Gavin