The Off-the-Record Lecture Series is an independent lecture series affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. Now in its 77th year, Off-the-Record hosts daytime lectures at the New York City Bar Building and evening events at private clubs throughout the city, providing a unique forum for members to hear and question renowned foreign policy practitioners and thinkers.
“OTR” was founded in 1938 by a group of 19 women who sought a greater voice in discussions at the Foreign Policy Association. Today, OTR has grown to over 600 members, women and men alike, and is run by a volunteer Board of Governors. Two tiers of membership are available: regular and patron.
A wide spectrum of past speakers includes Ambassadors Ryan Crocker, Sherry Rehman, and Vitaly Churkin; former government officials Richard Haass, Vali Nasr and Jared Cohen; journalists Thomas Friedman, Christiane Amanpour, and Fareed Zakaria; and a range of distinguished academicians and analysts including Francis Fukuyama, Ian Bremmer and former Nobel Prize recipients Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman.
The current season has included lectures delivered by Ambassador Peter Galbraith, who analyzed the administration’s strategy for weakening ISIS; and by two prominent UN officials, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, head of UNDP, and Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. The first patron event featured Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki al-Faisal. Upcoming speakers include former Brazilian foreign minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, and NATO’s former top commander, Admiral James Stavridis, now Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
We value your membership and participation in the dialogue that is a hallmark of the OTR tradition. We remain committed to the careful study of all sides of foreign policy issues. We are hopeful that the lectures and questions will continue to challenge existing paradigms, stir intellectual debate, and enlighten all who participate.