All IIGG Projects

Below you will find a chronological list of current Center research 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.

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CFR Symposium: Rising Powers and Global Institutions in the Twenty-First Century

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
May 19, 2010

On Wednesday, May 19, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) held a multisession, half-day symposium in Washington, DC, on the implications of rising powers for global governance.

This event was made possible through generous support from the Robina Foundation.

Symposium Summary


Emerging Powers and International Institutions Meeting Series

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
November 1, 2009—June 25, 2013

Prospects for effective multilateral cooperation on global and transnational problems in the twenty-first century reflect the distinct national interests and world order visions of the great powers. But the identity and number of the world's leading states is changing, creating new challenges and opportunities for global governance. The world order that ultimately results from this transition period will reflect bargaining and negotiations between established powers—including the United States, European Union, and Japan—and emerging ones—most notably China, India, and Brazil. To better understand the priorities of today's emerging powers, and their potential contribution to resolving global challenges, the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) held meetings in Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, New Delhi, Berlin, and Jakarta.

The United States and the Future of Global Governance Symposium

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
May 7 and 8, 2009—New York, NY

From the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression to the dangers of nuclear proliferation, from the specter of global warming to the threat of mass atrocities, the United States and the world community confront an array of global challenges requiring robust cooperation. Yet many multilateral frameworks have failed to keep pace with tremendous changes in world politics. Shifts in the global distribution of power, the emergence of influential non-state actors, and the rise of new transnational issues to the top of the global agenda now cloud the utility and effectiveness of international institutions and structures that in some cases date back to the Second World War. On May 7-8, 2009, the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) hosted its first annual conference. Over the course of six sessions the symposium explored the efficacy and strucutre of international institutions and their role in helping U.S. policymakers confront the challenges of the day.

This event was supported by a grant from the Robina Foundation.

Symposium Summary Report (PDF, 137K)


A Blueprint for a Sustainable Energy Partnership of the Americas

December 2008—April 2009

This project will develop a framework for a Sustainable Energy Partnership for the Americas that goes beyond bilateral agreements and adopts a regional approach towards sustainable growth and clean energy. The objective of this project is to draft a blueprint that will explore, and ultimately define, pathways for collaboration among American states in order to deliver solutions to the region's energy challenges. The blueprint document will be presented at the Summit of the Americas which will take place in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2009 and will also be available on our website at that time.

This initiative is a collaboration between scholars and receives support from the Center for International Governance and Innovation, Canada; the Council on Foreign Relations, United States; Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais, Brazil; and University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

At the Council on Foreign Relations, this project is part of the Latin America Studies Program and the International Institutions and Global Governance Program. It is made possible by the generous support of Ford Foundation, the Robina Foundation, and the Tinker Foundation.


Regional Impulses in Northeast Asia

Staff: Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
November 14, 2007—January 14, 2010

Last Updated: January 14, 2010

The CFR Northeast Asia Security Architecture project began in 2007 as a track-two dialogue among Japanese, South Korean, Chinese and U.S. experts on Northeast Asian regionalism. Workshops were held across the region, first in Tokyo, then in Washington, DC, Seoul, and Beijing. Our expert team engaged important foreign policymakers in each government on the prospects for success in the Six Party Talks, as well as on the question of how best to organize an agenda for security cooperation in Northeast Asia.

The effort to denuclearize North Korea, while deeply troubling as a model for future security collaboration, did offer the opportunity to learn how this problem-solving approach to regional cooperation affected relationships across the region. Using the “lessons learned” thread in our observations of the ongoing Six Party Talks, we gained insights into the residual dynamics of competition and insecurity in the region. But we also saw where the opportunities were. Moreover, elections in South Korea, the United States, and Japan brought home to all of us the need for greater analytical attention to the domestic factors that shape each country’s approach to regional cooperation in Northeast Asia.

The Northeast Asia Security Architecture workshops and the papers below offer the U.S. policy community a window into the rapidly expanding opportunities for Washington to engage more forcefully and more deeply in the effort to build relationships designed to address shared challenges. For too long, the U.S. debate over regional architecture in Asia-Pacific has focused on U.S. interests, and has not taken into account the energy and focus of creating more effective regional institutions and agendas among Asian countries. Moreover, this project also offered the opportunity to focus specifically on the prospects for security cooperation in Northeast Asia—a subregion with diplomatic challenges that many argue are just too complex and daunting to overcome.

But as the papers below will reveal, there is an energized effort to strengthen regional cooperation across a variety of issue areas and via a sophisticated array of conversations. Northeast Asia remains a difficult environment, but the diplomatic engagement of its residents is rapidly expanding. As our participants from Japan, South Korea, China, and the United States point out, the place regionalism occupies in national foreign policy agendas varies, as do the avenues preferred for cooperation. The six-party process remains vital to a regional discussion of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, but initiatives such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three summits offer a complement and a new opportunity for the countries of Northeast Asia to craft their own brand of regionalism.

New Impulses for Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia

By Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

To find out more about the workshops, please click here.


Expert Essays:

Northeast Asian Regionalism in Korea

By Kim Sung-han, professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University

Perceptions of Inherited Histories and Other Discussion Relating to East Asian Cooperative Security

By Shi Yinhong, director, Center on American Studies, Renmin University of China

Northeast Asian Regionalism: A (Possible) Means to an End for Washington

By Ralph A. Cossa, president, Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies

Japan’s Foreign Policy and East Asian Regionalism

By Hitoshi Tanaka,  senior fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange, and Adam P. Liff, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Politics, Princeton University

U.S. Domestic Politics and Multilateral Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia

By Scott Snyder, director, Center for U.S.-Korea Policy, Asia Foundation

Japanese Domestic Politics and Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia

By Yoshihide Soeya, director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University

Chinese Nationalism and Approaches toward East Asian Regional Cooperation

By Suisheng Zhao, director, Center for China-U.S. Cooperation, University of Denver

The Nexus between Korea’s Regional Security Options and Domestic Politics

By Geun Lee, associate professor of international relations, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University

This project has been made possible by grants from the Robina Foundation, the United States-Japan Foundation, and the Korea Foundation, and by support from CFR's program on International Institutions and Global Governance. CFR‘s Japan programs are made possible in part by the generosity of the following corporate sponsors: Canon USA, Mitsui & Company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Sony Corporation of America, and Toyota Motor North America.