An Introduction to the Council on Foreign Relations

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

After a successful career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Juliet Sorensen turned her focus to academia and joined the faculty at Northwestern University in 2010. She served in the Peace Corps during the mid-1990s and has maintained involvement with a range of international organizations, including the United Nations Association of the United States of America and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. From 2000 to 2005, Juliet Sorensen contributed to the Council on Foreign Relations, Inc., as a Term Member.

Established in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides political leaders, businesspeople, students, and regular citizens with in-depth information on the United States’ foreign policy and international issues. The council carries out its work by assembling Independent Task Forces, funding a robust Studies Program, and holding frequent meetings in New York City and Washington, D.C.

One of the main goals of the Council on Foreign Relations is to educate the foreign policy leaders of tomorrow, and the Stephen M. Kellen Term Member Program is an integral part of that mission. A new class of young leaders between the ages of 30 and 36 is chosen for the five-year program each year. Term members convene in committees in Washington, D.C., and New York City to collaborate with leaders from the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, these members have the opportunity to participate in a range of other events, such as biannual study trips abroad, roundtables, and the annual Term Member Conference. Applicants to the Term Member program must have a letter of nomination from a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as secondary letters of recommendation. For more information about the program and the application process, visit


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