Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum (CFR)

A discussion of the foreign policy challenges awaiting the winner of the 2020 election and the critical issues for Americans to consider as they cast their vote.



Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the South; Former U.S. Representative to the African Union and U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (20132015)

President, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Special Assistant to President George H.W. Bush (1989–1993)

CEO and Vice Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.; Former Co-Chair, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (2014–2017); Former Deputy Director of Intelligence, CIA (2002–2005)

Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and Chief Administration Officer, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated; Former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Chair, Homeland Security Council (20042008)


Coanchor, Nightline, ABC News

Beyond Ladakh: The Future of Sino-Indian Rivalry (CFR)

Since May 2020, an ongoing military standoff between Chinese and Indian troops at various points along the two countries’ disputed border has exposed fracture lines in the China-India relationship and heightened the potential for further military escalation. Even with recent statements around disengaging troops, the standoff proved that rivalry between the two powers could affect the prospects for escalation at the border and elsewhere in the region. Please join our speakers, Tanvi Madan, director of the India Project and senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, and Yun Sun, director of the China program and codirector of the East Asia program at the Henry L. Stimson Center, to discuss these risks and U.S. policy options.


Tanvi Madan

Director of the India Project and Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy, the Brookings Institution

Yun Sun

Director of the China Program and Codirector, East Asia Program, the Henry L. Stimson Center


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

CFR Fellows’ Book Launch Series With Charles A. Kupchan (CFR)

Charles A. Kupchan discusses his new book, Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself From the World.



Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


President, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, The World: A Brief Introduction@RichardHaass


A Conversation With Dan R. Brouillette (CFR)

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette discusses the future of American energy strategy.



Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; CFR Member


Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

Shinzo Abe’s Resignation, With Sheila A. Smith (CFR)

Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the consequences of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to step down. Smith most recently authored Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power.


Virtual Meeting: CFR Master Class Series With Sebastian Mallaby (CFR)

Sebastian Mallaby discusses the importance of venture capital. Venture capital has been shown to speed the commercialization of science, creating wealth, jobs, and new products for consumers. How important is this contribution? What is the special sauce in venture capital that causes it to work? Does the rise of China’s innovation hub indicate that venture capital is not a necessary ingredient?



Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; @scmallaby


Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; @shannonkoneil

Virtual Meeting: A Conversation With Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (CFR)

President Ghani discusses the challenges facing Afghanistan, the peace deal with the Taliban, and the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



President, Afghanistan


Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

Introductory Remarks

President, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, The World: A Brief Introduction; @RichardHaass