Symposia, Conferences, and Series
Below you will find a chronological list of current CFR projects. You can search by issue or region by selecting the appropriate category. In addition to this sorting control, you can search for specific subjects within the alphabetical, regional, and issue categories by choosing from the selections in the drop-down menu below.
Each project page contains the name of the project director, a description of the project, a list of meetings it has held, and any related publications, transcripts, or videos.
The China and the Economy Roundtable Series is an ongoing series that will bring together a select group of economists, business leaders, and China experts to discuss what we know, don't know, and need to know about China's economy. Each session will focus on a different area of economic concern for China's leadership, such as the development of the service sector, the Chinese banking system, angel financing and venture capital, trends in the state-owned enterprise sector, and urbanization.
This series is made possible through generous support from the Starr Foundation.
The project on the global regulation of medicines consists of workshops and publications that explore and identify institutional design solutions to address regulatory challenges for medicines. The primary responsibility of medicines regulators is to ensure that medicines consumed by publics are safe and effective. Agencies accomplish this through the implementation and enforcement of public health standards. Today's pharmaceutical market, however, poses significant challenges for regulators because the market is global, segmented, diverse, and decentralized—in terms of both finished products and ingredients. As a result, the remit of public authorities extends well beyond domestic borders, requiring oversight of actors globally.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.
The "West Coast and Washington" conference call series examines global issues of particular interest to businesses on the West Coast, and the impact of Washington policies and politics. The series provides opportunities for the West Coast and Washington to engage on topics including digital policy, data, intellectual property rights, immigration, and other issues related to U.S. competitiveness and technology.
The Dual-Use Research: Repercussions for Security roundtable series examined issues of dual-use research of concern, synthetic biology, do-it-yourself biology, and international governance and oversight. These meetings brought together experts in the fields of synthetic biology dual-use research, and laboratory safety and regulation, to broaden the debate beyond the controversy surrounding the publication of two H5N1 flu-transmission studies in 2011–2012 and to discuss various aspects of the dual-use research of concern conundrum.
This roundtable series is made possible by the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Video: Staying Safe in a Biology Revolution
Working Paper: H5N1: A Case Study for Dual-Use Research
November 28, 2012—Present
Japan is on the cusp of another leadership transition, and while politicians campaign for the Lower House election on December 16, larger questions about Japan's future permeate the global media. The tone outside of Japan is pessimistic, and many are dismissive of this nation's future prospects. Should we reconcile ourselves to Japan's inevitable decline, or are there other ways of considering Japan's current challenges? Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies, has initiated a broad conversation on CFR's Asia Unbound blog in which leading experts analyze Japan's economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan's future.
Global health governance in the 21st century has been characterized by the rise of new actors, new problems, and new processes. While a lot of attention has been given to the negotiation of rules and norms to address health challenges at the global level, we still do not know much about how international health norms and rules are set at the regional level.This roundtable series will focuses on how global health rules, norms, and standards are established and how they should be developed in the future.
September 19, 2012—Present
September 4, 2012—Present
September 1, 2012—Present
September 1, 2012—Present
This roundtable series is sponsored by the International Institutions and Global Governance Program and made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.
The Council on Foreign Relations has convened an Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy in the Digital Age, co-chaired by John D. Negroponte, former deputy secretary of state and director of national intelligence, and Samuel J. Palmisano, former chairman of the board of IBM Corporation.
The Task Force is examining U.S. interests in the digital realm, assessing existing policy, and making recommendations for future policy. In its analysis, the Task Force will consider issues of Internet governance and international cooperation on cybersecurity, trade, and intellectual property, among other important issues.
Adam Segal, CFR's Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for China Studies, serves as the project's director. The Task Force was launched in August 2012, and the group aims to produce a report in early 2013.
The debate within Muslim-majority societies over the role of Islam in government is long-standing, but more important today than ever before. Recent developments in the Middle East and beyond have many asking how Islamist movements will shape the future of the societies in which they exist, and how the United States should respond to the complex challenges they pose in such areas as economic policy, women's and minority rights, and relations with Israel. This roundtable series, made possible through the generous support of the Smith Richardson Foundation, explores these questions and more.
The Roundtable Series on America's Governability Crisis focuses on the challenge of governing effectively during a time of sharp partisan polarization in Washington. The series seeks to examine the challenges that domestic division poses to developing and executing sound fiscal, economics, defense, and foreign policies. The series is held as part of the Renewing America initiative, which considers how policies at home will directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.
These working group roundtables, cosponsored by CFR and Google Ideas, are held in preparation for a major Google Ideas summit on illicit networks, that will take place in July 2012. The roundtables gather an intimate group of experts, policymakers, former participants and survivors of transnational crime to analyze the structure of illicit networks, and discuss gaps, flaws, or prospects in policies to combat violent transnational crime. The roundtable series is sponsored by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation to the Council on Foreign Relations' International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program, and Google Ideas.
Rescue Gone Wrong: Misconnections Between Policies and Lived Experiences of Trafficking (PDF)
Illicit Networks: Mafia States, Nonstate Actors (PDF)
Illicit Actors: Mapping Networks, Assessing Tactics (PDF)
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched an international initiative to connect leading foreign policy institutes from around the world in a common conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. The mission of the Council of Councils is to find common ground on shared threats, build support for innovative ideas, and inject remedies into the public debate and policymaking processes of member countries.
The founding membership of the Council of Councils includes leading institutions from nineteen countries, roughly tracking the composition of the Group of Twenty (G20). The network will facilitate candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus building among influential opinion leaders from established and emerging nations.
In addition to an annual conference, the Council of Councils provides an ongoing exchange for research and policy collaboration among its members. CFR and its international partners will experiment with new technology, using state-of-the-art videoconferencing, wikis, and mobile platforms to collectively communicate and respond to breaking crises. The group will also consider long-term structural reforms that would enhance the global governance capacity of leading international institutions.
The Council of Councils 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.
The Nigeria Security Tracker is an effort to catalog and visualize incidents of violence in Nigeria related to political, economic, and social grievances. This regularly updated, well-organized information captured through a rigorous survey of international and Nigerian press reports is intended to help policymakers understand with better precision the frequency, location, and types of violence that have continued to undermine Nigeria's stability.
Visit the Nigeria Security Tracker.
This project addresses the need for and examines the means to achieving universal health coverage. A series of four meetings will take place, and the project will culminate in a report on the topic, in April 2012.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Every year nearly ten million children and millions of adults die and countless more suffer from preventable causes because they do not have access to the health care they need.This roundtable series addresses the need for and examines the means to achieve universal health coverage.
This roundtable series is made possible by the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.