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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Asia Roundtable: Focal Points for the Future

Staff: Jerome A. Cohen, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies
February 1, 1997—June 1, 1998
Asia is an increasingly important center of world power. With Hong Kong reverting to Chinese rule, tensions between North and South Korea increasing, and the United States and Japan reinvigorating their alliance, relations between the United States and Asia will be undergoing change. Individual sessions of the Roundtable examined the implications of these changes in a sociopolitical, economic, and security framework.

Asia and the Environment Roundtable

Staff: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
December 1, 1996—February 1, 1998
Through an ongoing series of roundtable discussions, this project explored the scope of regional and global environmental threats emerging from industrializing Asia. Participants discussed issues such as the preservation of biodiversity in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia; compliance with international environmental treaties in India, China, and Japan; the environmental impact of the Three Gorges Dam project; and the environmental records of China and Japan.

Asia Energy Roundtable

Director: Robert A. Manning, Senior Adviser, Atlantic Council
January 1, 1998—February 1, 1998
The Asia Energy Roundtable surveyed the energy needs of China, India, and the Asia-Pacific countries, whose choices are destined to shape world markets, security dynamics, and environmental concerns in the 21st century. The roundtables addressed three axes of the energy picture: commercial and security issues in the period to 2020; oil, gas, and nuclear power; and East Asian countries as major drivers of demand. The meetings defined the focus of an ensuing study group that is exploring in more depth the various aspects of the Asian energy and security picture against a background of environmental considerations.

Asia Program

Fellows: Daniel S. Markey, Adjunct Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, and Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia
Director: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
Fellows: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Jerome A. Cohen, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies, Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health, and Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

Asia will play an increasingly leading role on the international stage in this century. Some of the most pressing issues in East, South, and Central Asia--the rapid economic rise of China and India, North Korea's nuclear program, slowly warming relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India, the potential for conflict between China and Taiwan, Japan's adjustments to its changing economic fortunes, and the ongoing attempts to rebuild Afghanistan--will significantly affect the course of global events.


Borders Beyond Control

January 1, 2005—Present

In this book, the author analyzes how the U.S. ought to manage immigration, taking into account politics, sociology, economics, and international relations. He calls for a benign attitude toward illegal immigration, a policy stance he supports even in the wake of September 11.

Expected publication date: Spring 2006

Bertelsmann Project on Transatlantic Relations

Staff: Charles A. Kupchan
November 1, 1993—October 1, 1996
In its fourth and final year, the Bertelsmann project focused on civic society in the Atlantic Community. Among the questions addressed were: Do Americans and Europeans share similar notions of civic engagement? Does civic activity take different forms on each side of the Atlantic? Does civic engagement exist at the transnational level--either within Europe or across the Atlantic? Prominent Americans and Europeans were commissioned to address these questions. The final product, and edited volume, will be published in 1997.


China and the Economy Roundtable Series

Director: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
October 28, 2013—Present

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.

Council of Councils

March 12, 2012—Present

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.