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.
January 1, 2010—January 9, 2015
Director: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies
The Latin America Program's Cuba in the Twenty-First Century project follows Cuba's evolution as political turnover and economic reforms transform the social, economic, and political contract that has been in place over the last century in Cuba. The program also follows the evolution of foreign engagement with Cuba, and of Cuban foreign policy, while tracking key issues in the U.S.-Cuba relationship and exploring common environmental and scientific challenges and opportunities. Cuba in the Twenty-First Century carries out research, outreach, and publication—including Julia Sweig's book Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know—as well as the ongoing Cuba in the Twenty-First Century roundtable series.
As Russia assumed the rotating chair of the Group of 20, fourteen experts from CFR's Council of Councils, an international network of policy institutions, convened in Moscow to look at the challenges the G20 will face.
Conference Papers: Prospects for the Russian Chairmanship of the G20 (PDF)
This workshop was cosponsored by Princeton's Project on the Future of Multilateralism, the Council on Foreign Relations' International Institutions and Global Governance program, The Stanley Foundation, and the Global Summitry Project at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.
Meeting Note: 2012 Princeton Global Governance Conference Meeting Note (PDF)
On May 4 and 5, 2012, international relations experts gathered at Princeton University for a workshop on "The Future of Liberal Internationalism: Global Governance in a Post–American Hegemonic Era." The workshop followed on similar meetings in January 2010 and 2011, which addressed "Rivalry and Partnership: The Struggle for a New Global Governance Leadership" and "New Foundations for Global Governance," respectively.
Presidential elections will be held in both the United States and Mexico in 2012. This symposium assessed the current issues in U.S.-Mexico relations, including the drug war, organized crime, trade, and immigration. Business leaders, former government officials, and experts from both countries addressed the potential future scenarios for U.S. policies and bilateral cooperation.
This symposium was made possible by the generous support of the Mexican Business Council.
Symposium Rapporteur Rapport: U.S.-Mexico Relations Beyond the 2012 Elections
This workshop was made possible by the generosity of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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.
The United States faces a series of difficult policy and strategic questions with respect to its participation in the upcoming International Criminal court (ICC) Review Conference at Kampala, Uganda. The conference will consider the addition of the definition of the crime of aggression as well as a restriction on the rights of states to opt out of the Court's jurisdiction over war crimes. The conference may also consider proposals that the United States strongly opposed in the 1998 Rome negotiations. This Council Special Report will recommend primary and secondary objectives for the United States at the conference and suggest steps the Obama administration should take to best empower American negotiators to achieve those objectives.
As President Obama prepares for his first trip to Beijing in November, the spotlight will once again turn to China, the U.S.-China relationship, and China's growing role in world affairs. From the global financial crisis, to climate change and terrorism, China is shaping the ability of the world to effectively tackle the full range of global challenges. In the coming decades, China's influence will only continue to grow.
China 2025 addresses the core questions of China's domestic and foreign policy priorities and their likely implications for the rest of the world. Going forward, how will China's political, economic, and social trends shape its domestic development? How will its diplomatic and strategic engagement with the developing world and rising powers shape global dynamics? What are the implications of China's military development and the drive to achieve asymmetric advantages? Does China's economic future hold more potential for, or challenges to, the international economy and climate change? What challenges is China forecasted to present for U.S. strategic interests in the next few decades?
This conference was co-sponsored by the Project 2049 Institute.
On August 24, 2009 the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its "Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza," predicting, among other things, that the H1N1 (aka "swine flu") pandemic would resurge in North America in September, peaking by mid-October, causing infection and illness to up to half the U.S. population before the end of 2009. The PCAST assessment also suggested that H1N1 vaccines would not be available for the general public until well after the mid-October peak, and the epidemic would surge so rapidly that it could overwhelm hospitals, medical supplies and intensive care units, leading to as many as 90,000 deaths in the U.S. The predicted surge held special significance for schools, parents and employers, as sick-outs and school closures could impact productivity. Despite months of preparation, supplies of vaccines, medicines and protective gear were expected to be inadequate, and global competition for essential tools for pandemic control and treatment would be fierce. One billion doses of H1N1 vaccine were ordered from several pharmaceutical companies, and the bulk of that supply was prioritized for ten wealthy nations, particularly the U.S. Little, if any, vaccine, medicine or protective gear was expected to be ready, affordable and distributed for the bottom four billion poorest people on Earth.
The CFR meeting was convened at the predicted peak of the North American pandemic. Will the PCAST model have proven correct? Looking forward, what can be scientifically forecast regarding shifts in the virology and epidemiology of the H1N1 pandemic? What are the economic and financial impacts of the outbreak? What have been, and can be predicted to be, the foreign policy implications of the pandemic and related competition for medical and public health tools?
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)
March 1 Application Deadline:
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship
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