The View from the Obama Administration
With Robert D. Hormats, Undersecretary of Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
at Council on Foreign Relation’s Council of Councils inaugural conference, March 2012
The President of the French Institute of International Relations, Thierry de Montbrial, addresses the CFR’s Council of Councils inaugural conference. The Council of Councils is an international initiative designed to connect leading foreign policy institutes from around the worked in a common conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. The initiative is funded by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation, as part of its ongoing support for CFR’s International Institutions and Global Governance program.
SPEAKER: Robert D. Hormats, Undersecretary of Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment,U.S. Department of State
PRESIDER: Thierry de Montbrial
The defining foreign policy challenges of the twenty-first century are global in nature. To help direct high-level international attention and effective policy responses to these threats and opportunities, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has created the Council of Councils (CoC). The CoC is composed of twenty-nine major policy institutes from some of the world’s most influential countries. It is designed to facilitate candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus-building among influential opinion leaders from both established and emerging nations, with the ultimate purpose of injecting the conclusions of its deliberations into high-level foreign policy circles in members’ countries.