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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Council Special Report: Bolivia on the Brink

Fellows: Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies
Author: Eduardo A. Gamarra
April 2006—February 2007

CGS Director's Roundtable Series

Director: Douglas Holtz-Eakin
January 2006—January 2007

This roundtable series brings together policymakers, scholars, and journalists to explore current policy challenges that have both economic and national security dimensions.

Council Special Report on the U.S. Intellectual Property System in a Global Perspective

Director: Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Author: Keith E. Maskus, Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics, University of Colorado
March 2006—November 2006

This report evaluates the effectiveness of the U.S. intellectual property regime in encouraging innovation and discusses the U.S. push to harmonize intellectual property standards with its trading partners. Professor Maskus argues that the intellectual property system is so skewed toward patent holders that it actually discourages innovation, and that the aggressive drive toward harmonization with other countries should be replaced by an emphasis on the enforcement of existing standards.

Council Special Report: Living with Hugo

Fellows: Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies
Author: Richard Lapper
November 2005—November 2006

CGS Roundtable Series

Director: Benn Steil, Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics
December 1, 2004—January 1, 2006

This meeting series is designed to bring Council members together in a small seminar environment to discuss new and innovative thinking at the intersection of economics and foreign policy.

CFR/Milbank Memorial Fund Roundtable on Health and U.S. Foreign Policy

Director: Jordan S. Kassalow
November 1, 2001—January 1, 2003

The health of the world has expanded from a humanitarian issue to an issue of national security and economic growth. Global health not only has an impact on most of the foreign policy objectives we hope to achieve, but also a direct effect on the health of Americans, especially as globalization frays our national boundaries. A focus on health is part of a foreign policy agenda that aims at building a more secure world, draws all countries into a growing network of interdependence that sustains stability and maintains America’s central role within that network. This roundtable series brings leaders from the foreign policy and health communities together to discuss the recommendations of the CFR-Milbank Memorial Fund report, “Why Health is Important to U.S. Foreign Policy,” and to discuss contemporary topics that form the nexus between global health and U.S. foreign policy

Bio-terrorism is the one of the deadliest threats facing the United States today. This roundtable, in light of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, discusses measures to protect against or mitigate the effects of such a bio-terrorist attack by asking questions such as:

• What is the potential for a significant bioterrorist attack on the United States;

• What public health and related measures can be taken in advance of an attack to reduce their impact;

• Are we currently equipped to deal with the consequences of an attack?

• What type of biological agents can terrorists get their hands on?

• Can they keep them alive and grow enough of them to mount a significant attack?

• Can they weaponize them effectively to mount a massive attack that puts tens to hundreds of thousands at risk;

• How much money is needed to prepare the United States for a large scale biological terrorist attack?

• How the money should be allocated, which programs/agencies should be funded?

Corporate Governance Roundtable Series

Directors: James J. Shinn, and Peter Gourevitch
October 1, 2001—April 30, 2002
This project examined the foreign policy implications of global changes in corporate governance. Is capital market integration inducing global convergence on the so-called Anglo-American model of minority investor protections? What explains the variation in response to convergence among countries and between institutional practices? Who are the winners and losers from governance reforms, what types of resistance does this provoke, and what is the role of foreign governments in molding governance changes? Above all, what are the policy implications of corporate governance change for the United States government and its regulatory agencies? Is there a role for official intervention, or should this be left to market forces?

Center for Preventive Action: Ferghana Valley Working Group

Directors: Barnett R. Rubin, New York University, and Nancy Lubin
Chair: Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative
January 1, 1997—June 1, 2000
The Ferghana Valley region of Central Asia cuts across the three newly independent states of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, and is one of the most densely populated and volatile areas of the former Soviet Union. Regional tensions arise from ethnic, religious, environmental, and economic problems. The CPA Ferghana Valley Working Group was formed to assess the potential for future conflict in the region and to suggest ways to move the region in the direction of economic and political reform and stability. A delegation of the working group visited the region in March 1997, met with a wide range of actors, and has prepared a report based on its findings. The report, "Stabilizing the Ferghana Valley: Promoting Peace in Central Asia," was released in November 1999 at a conference in Washington, D.C., cosponsored with the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation.