Each year CFR organizes more than one hundred on-the-record events, conference calls, and podcasts in which senior government officials, global leaders, business executives, and prominent thinkers discuss pressing international issues. CFR Presents is a portal to live video content and offers an archive of approximately 1,300 videos; 2,000 audio recordings; and 2,000 transcripts by region, topic, or series.

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Over the next decade, Southeast Asian states will face a region transformed by China's growing influence over regional security and economics. How will Southeast Asian states respond to a shifting regional environment? SESSION I: The Future of the U.S.-Southeast Asia Strategic Relationship to 2030: A Region with China as the Dominant Power?12:30 p.m.—2:45 p.m. Lunch Reception 1:00 p.m.—2:45 p.m. MeetingSPEAKERSBinh Lai, Deputy Consul-General of Vietnam in HoustonYun Sun, Codirector, East Asia Program and Director, China Program, Stimson CenterPRESIDERJonathan Stromseth, Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asia Studies, Brookings InstitutionSESSION II: The Future of the U.S.-Southeast Asia Economic Relationship to 2030: A U.S. Retreat or Re-Engagement with Regional Economic Integration?2:45 p.m.—3:15 p.m. Coffee Reception3:15 p.m.—5:00 p.m. MeetingSPEAKERBarbara Weisel, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global AdvisorsPRESIDERJoshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations


Since August, an already dangerous situation in Rakhine State has spiraled further out of control. Attacks on Rohingya communities in Rakhine State, as well as actions by a Rohingya insurgent group, have led to a mass exodus of Rohingya into Bangladesh, creating the most severe refugee crisis in East Asia. The Myanmar military and Myanmar’s civilian government have mostly resisted outside calls and pressure to adopt a different approach to the crisis, and the UN rights chief has called the Rakhine State situation “ethnic cleansing.” Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy will speak about the current situation in Rakhine, U.S. policy towards Myanmar, and implications of the Rakhine crisis for Myanmar’s democratic transition.

Explainer Videos

Renewable Energy

Solar energy, the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, could one day supply most of the world’s energy needs. But in a new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet” (MIT Press), energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that solar’s current surge is on track to stall, dimming prospects for averting catastrophic climate change. Brightening those prospects, he argues, will require innovation—creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems.

Human Rights

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not only violates human rights laws but also threatens stability and economic development. 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Over the past two decades, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced fighting that has killed more than five million people. As the eastern Congo struggles to overcome years of regional war, its hard-won progress remains at risk.

Event Series

Campaign 2016

The Campaign 2016 Series features videos, podcasts, and other election explainers.

Power Profile

In the Power Profile series, speakers discuss the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policies of well-known leaders from around the world.

Paul C. Warnke Lecture

This lecture series on international security supports the belief that U.S. power brings with it a special responsibility in world affairs.



Aaron L. Friedberg, an expert on the international relations of Asia and professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, joins James M. Lindsay to discuss the emerging U.S.-China strategic rivalry, the Trump administration's planned tariffs, and what the tariffs could mean for global trade partnerships.

Conference Call Series

Corporate Conference Calls

Noted thinkers and practitioners discuss issues at the nexus of business and foreign policy.

Academic Conference Calls

The premier forum for educators and students to discuss foreign policy with CFR experts.

Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Calls

Faith leaders, scholars, and policy experts discuss issues at the intersection of religion and global affairs.