CFR Events Audio
Virtual Roundtable: Major Power Rivalry in Africa
Although major power competition on the African continent is a reality, it should not dominate the Biden administration’s vision for U.S.-Africa relations, argues Michelle Gavin in her new paper Major Power Rivalry in Africa, for the Managing Global Disorder Discussion Paper series. Speakers discuss how the Biden administration can pursue strategic partnerships that align African aspirations and U.S. interests while managing competition with China.
U.S. Leadership in Space: A Conversation With General John Raymond
General John Raymond discusses the establishment of the U.S. Space Force, current and potential national security threats in outer space, and areas of cooperation between the United States and both foreign allies and private-sector organizations.
2021 Report on International Religious Freedom
Lessons Learned With Afsaneh Beschloss
Afsaneh Beschloss discusses her distinguished career in finance, including her roles as founder and CEO of RockCreek, a leading global investment firm, her time as treasurer and chief investment officer of the World Bank, and as managing director and partner at the Carlyle Group.
Lessons Learned is a roundtable series, open to term members and younger life members, which features distinguished speakers who reflect on their career experiences, the choices they made along the way, and the lessons they have learned from them.
Reporting on Extremist Activity
Dana Coester, editor-in-chief at 100 Days in Appalachia, shares best practices for reporting on extremist activity at the local level. Bruce Hoffman, Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis senior fellow on counterterrorism and homeland security at CFR, provides context and background on domestic terrorism and extremist groups. Carla Anne Robbins, adjunct senior fellow at CFR and former deputy editorial page editor at the New York Times, hosts the webinar.
Daughters and Sons Guest Event: Leadership Through Generations: A Conversation With Charles F. Bolden Jr. and Ché Bolden
Charles F. Bolden Jr., former NASA administrator and astronaut who flew on four space shuttle missions, and his son, Ché Bolden, a Marine Corps veteran, speak at a multigenerational conversation about leadership spanning decades of public, private, and military service.
Great content for those into foreign policy
Have been listening to this podcast for a few years and enjoy it. Content is informative. Only complaint is the sound engineering - the speakers/panelists/question askers don't have consistent volume (come on editing people!) and it's too quiet. I have to blast the volume in the car to hear it.
Hard to hear
The audio is a challenge. I honestly cannot hear most of what is said. This is worse for those who speak English as a second language or have a lighter voice. Also clanking of dishes and popping of soda cans (obviously a recording at a luncheon or dinner) is distracting. Great topic, just wish I could hear it.
Listen Critically & Carefully
CFR is a rich resource of world views and information, but remember: Just as critical reading skills have always been necessary to get at the truth (i.e., the heart) of any given wriiten piece, it is essential in today's times to have critical LISTENING skills; skills that are much needed in a world of podcasts if you want to accurately identify & analyze a given speaker's professional biasis and political leanings. That said, the "Inside CFR Events" podcast is a welcome source of world-wide views from those who are "in the know". The guests of CFR are a mix of current and past movers & shakers who've witnessed, studied and often documented extremely important world issues. Listen carefully and critically, and don’t be afraid to press "rewind/replay" as needed to ensure you fully understand what's being said—be it altruistic, analytical, didactic, or propagandist.