The Village Times






Katie Couric




When CFR opened its new Washington office in 2009, just one block from White House, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped by to say, “we get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing.” Well said, Madame Secretary. Indeed, the Council is perhaps our most influential think tank. having helped steer U.S. foreign policy for more than 10 decades. As a Villager, you are eligible for CFR membership, including access to the Council's elegant Park Avenue mansion in New York City and an adjoining conference space named for CFR chairman emeritus Pete Peterson. You'll also get a chance to hang out with the likes of Bono and Ahmad Al-Chalabi at some of the more than 60 council events every year. No doubt about it: a place in CFR is the ultimate feather in the cap for any Villager.

Founded: 1919

Members: Katie Couric (left); Dick Cheney; Fouad Ajami; Tom Brokaw; Madeleine Albright; Robert Rubin; Colin Powell; John Kerry.

Achievements: Hatched “containment” policy toward Soviet Union after World War II. Gave Henry Kissinger one of his first important jobs. Convinced Jimmy Carter to let the ailing Shah of Iran into the United States for treatment in 1979. Promoted attack on Iran.