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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.
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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.
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.
This symposium is on the record.
This event was made possible through generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Alcoa Foundation, and the Robina Foundation.
This workshop was made possible through the generous support of CFR's International Institutions and Global Governance program and the Robina Foundation.
Summary Report (PDF, 72K)
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)
This symposium was made possible through the generous support of the European Commission, CFR's Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, and the Robina Foundation.
Symposium Summary Report (85K)
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.
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.
By Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
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By Kim Sung-han, professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University
By Shi Yinhong, director, Center on American Studies, Renmin University of China
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.
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