Research Projects

Below you will find a chronological list of research projects in the Studies Program. 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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Women and Foreign Policy

Staff: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, and Rachel B. Vogelstein, Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
January 25, 2009—Present

The Women and Foreign Policy program is a major component of CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative. The objective of the Women and Foreign Policy program is to bring the status of women firmly into the mainstream foreign policy debate. Thanks in part to its efforts, there is now broad understanding of the importance of women's empowerment to a host of development, health, security, and other global priorities.

The program's current areas of focus include:

  • Improving maternal health in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • U.S. leadership in international reproductive health and family planning.
  • The role of technology and private sector resources in empowering women economically.

Please see below for relevant publications:

Latin America Roundtable Series

Directors: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, and Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies
January 1, 2009—Present

During the first decade of the twenty-first century, Latin America has shown itself to be a region with strong growth, stable financial markets, varying but quite vibrant democracies, and vital voices in a number of multilateral forums. Yet it still faces formidable challenges, including boosting economic competiveness, deepening socially inclusive democracies, and building state capacity to improve the lives of all 500 million citizens in the region. The Roundtable Series on Latin America looks broadly at the issues facing Latin American and U.S. policymakers in the coming years ahead, including strengthening the rule of law, physical infrastructure and human capacity building, taxation and governments' revenue streams, poverty and inequality, the potential for public-private partnerships, and capitalizing on energy resources across the region.

Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation

Directors: Martin N. Baily, Brookings Institution, Andrew B. Bernard, Dartmouth College, John Y. Campbell, Harvard University, John H. Cochrane, University of Chicago, Douglas W. Diamond, University of Chicago, Darrell Duffie, Stanford University, Kenneth R. French, Dartmouth College, Anil K Kashyap, University of Chicago, Frederic Mishkin, Columbia University, Raghuram G. Rajan, University of Chicago, Robert J. Shiller, Yale University, Matthew J. Slaughter, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization, Jeremy C. Stein, Harvard University, and René M. Stulz, Ohio State University
November 2008—Present

The Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation is a nonpartisan, nonaffiliated group of fifteen academics who have come together to offer guidance on the reform of financial regulation.

The group first convened in fall 2008, amid the deepening capital markets crisis. Although informed by this crisis—its events and the ongoing policy responses—the group is intentionally focused on longer-term issues. It aspires to help guide reform of capital markets—their structure, function, and regulation. This guidance is based on the group’s collective academic, private sector, and public policy experience.

To achieve its goal, the group is developing a set of principles (along with their implications) that are aimed at different parts of the financial system: at individual firms, at financial firms collectively, and at the linkages that connect financial firms to the broader economy.

  • David Scharfstein withdrew from the group when he accepted a position at the Treasury Department in September 2009.
  • Hyun Song Shin withdrew from the group in January 2010 to serve as chief adviser on international economics to South Korean president Lee Myung-bak.

Roundtable Series on the Rule of Law and U.S. Foreign Policy

October 2008—Present

Taking place in New York, this series serves as a venue for policymakers, scholars, legal professionals, and journalists to exchange ideas and reach conclusions on issues at the intersection of law and United States foreign policy. Particular attention is given to matters of international legal policy involving the rule of law.

The United States and the Future of Global Governance Roundtable Series

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
September 15, 2008—Present

The United States and the Future of Global Governance roundtable series will focus on core global governance challenges and proposals for fundamental institutional reform. Topics will include overhaul of the UN Security Council; the reform and expansion of the G8; prospects for a global counterterrorism organization; the adaptation of U.S. sovereignty to a global age; the trade-offs between formal institutions and ad hoc coalitions; and the domestic and legislative preconditions for sustained U.S. multilateral engagement. This roundtable series is sponsored by CFR's Program on International Institutions and Global Governance and is supported by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation.

Military Affairs Roundtable Series

Directors: Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.), Colonel John S. Clark Jr., USAF, Former Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force, Captain Brian T. Donegan, USN, Military Fellow, U.S. Navy, Colonel John C. Kennedy, USMC, Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps, and Colonel Kevin C. Owens, USA, Military Fellow, U.S. Army
July 2008—Present

The Military Affairs Roundtable Series provides a forum for experts from both the public and private sector to engage senior officers from the U.S. Armed Forces in discussions on timely and important defense and national security issues.

Emerging Issues in Africa Roundtable

Director: Michelle D. Gavin, Adjunct Fellow for Africa
May 27, 2008—Present

This roundtable series will meet periodically over the course of 2008 to explore changing political and security dynamics on the African continent, often with a special emphasis on U.S. policy options and responses. Extra effort will be devoted to drawing in new voices and perspectives on critical African issues.

International Institutions and Global Governance: World Order in the 21st Century

Fellow: Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights
Staff: Kaysie Brown, and Emma Welch
Director: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
Staff: Isabella Bennett, Program Coordinator, International Institutions and Global Governance, Farah Faisal Thaler, and Ryan Kaminski
May 1, 2008—Present

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched a comprehensive five-year program on international institutions and global governance. Made possible by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation, this cross-cutting initiative will explore the institutional requirements for world order in the twenty-first century. It is motivated by recognition that the architecture of global governance--largely reflecting the world as it existed in 1945--has not kept pace with fundamental changes in the international system. These changes include accelerating global economic integration; a shift in global power to non-Western countries; the rise of transnational security threats; the emergence of agile non-state actors; a proliferation of failing states; and evolving norms of state sovereignty. Existing multilateral arrangements thus provide an inadequate foundation for addressing today's most pressing threats and opportunities and for advancing U.S. national and broader global interests.

The program seeks to identify critical weaknesses in current frameworks for multilateral cooperation; propose specific reforms reflective of new global circumstances; and promote constructive U.S. leadership in building the capacities of existing organizations and in sponsoring new, more effective regional and global institutions and partnerships, including those involving the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

The program will focus on arrangements governing state conduct and international cooperation in meeting four broad sets of challenges:

  1. Countering Transnational Threats, including terrorism, proliferation of WMD, and infectious disease
  2. Protecting the Environment and Promoting Energy Security
  3. Managing the Global Economy
  4. Preventing and Responding to Violent Conflict

In each of these areas, the program will consider whether the most promising framework for governance is a formal organization with universal membership (e.g., the United Nations); a regional or sub-regional organization; a narrower, informal coalition of like-minded countries; or some combination of all three. The program will also examine the potential to adapt major bedrock institutions (e.g., the UN, G8, NATO, IMF, and AU), as well as the feasibility of creating new frameworks and initiatives to meet today's challenges.

The participation, input and endorsement of both official and non-state actors will be critical to ensure the appropriateness and feasibility of any institutional reforms. Throughout the course of the project, CFR will engage stakeholders and constituencies in the United States and abroad, including governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society representatives, and the private sector.

The attached concept note summarizes the rationale for the program on global governance, describes potential areas of research and policy engagement, and outlines the envisioned products and activities. We believe that the research and policy agenda outlined here constitutes a significant contribution to U.S. and international deliberations on the requirements for world order in the twenty-first century.

Post-Conflict Reconstruction Roundtable Series

Staff: Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.)
November 2007—Present

The Post-Conflict Reconstruction Roundtable Series provides a forum for experts from the U.S. government, military, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to assess U.S. post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization (PCRS) capabilities (military and civilian), discuss challenges in undertaking PCRS operations, and develop policy recommendations to improve future stabilization and reconstruction operations. The series will pay special attention to the prospect for increased civilian-military coordination in reconstruction efforts, progress within U.S. government agencies in implementing National Security Presidential Directive 44 (NSPD-44), and the experience of Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan.

Center for Preventive Action "Flashpoints" Roundtable Series

Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
November 2007—Present

The meeting series focuses attention on situations that are increasingly discernible as "flashpoints" for violent conflict. At each on the record meeting, experts from government, private sector, and nongovernmental communities present different perspectives on and address discrete elements of the problem. The goal of the "Flashpoints" series is to raise public awareness of potentially explosive places and to offer practical recommendations for preventive action in the discussed state or region.

This series is made possible by the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Potential Conflict Roundtable Series

Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
November 2007—Present

This series consists of quarterly events sponsored by the Center for Preventive Action, convenes experts from government, private sector, nongovernmental, and civil society to analyze weak or fragile regions and states at risk of conflict in the next two to five years and to devise approaches to work with practitioners to build early policy responses to address those situations.

Roundtable Series on Anticipating European Futures

Director: Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Alliance Relations (on leave)
October 2007—Present

This roundtable consists of a series of meetings on European political, economic, demographic, and defense trends.  The series explores what Europe is likely to become over the next decade and beyond, and what this evolution will mean for U.S. foreign policy and for the transatlantic relationship.