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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Center for Preventive Action Symposium on Preventive Priorities for a New Era

Staff: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
December 9, 2008—New York, NY

This symposium was made possible by the generosity of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Symposium Summary Report (PDF, 84K)

CFR Symposium on International Law and Justice: Evolving Norms and U.S. Responses

October 17, 2008

Experts discuss international justice and law at this three-part symposium, featuring speakers such as International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, General Wesley Clark, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie.

Session 3 Video: The Darfur Case

Anglina Jolie

International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof

This symposium has been underwritten by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

 

Symposium Summary Report by Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance

 

Council Special Report on Chinese Military Space Capabilities

Staff: Charles D. Ferguson, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Science and Technology
Author: Bruce W. MacDonald
September 2007—September 2008

This report will provide options and make recommendations to Congress and the broader public on U.S. military and diplomatic steps to address the national security challenges posed by China's current and projected military space capabilities. The report will also highlight options that China should consider that would enhance both its own and U.S. security interests as well.

Council Special Report on Syria

Staff: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
Author: Scott Lasensky, Senior Research Associate, United States Institute of Peace, and Mona Yacoubian, Special Adviser, Muslim World Initiative, United States Institute of Peace
May 2007—June 2008

This forthcoming report will focus on Washington's policy toward Syria. The Syrian regime believes it plays a pivotal role in the region and is seeking to capitalize on its influence in several major arenas: Iraq, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, and Iran. This CSR will develop a set of policy recommendations for an effective strategy toward Damascus and prescribe an incentive-based approach to secure its cooperation in these areas.

CFR Symposium on Rethinking Maternal Health

Director: Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health
June 12, 2008

In 2006, CFR senior fellows Isobel Coleman and Laurie Garrett launched the CFR Maternal Health program to raise awareness and suggest policies that would help improve maternal survival worldwide. With the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the CFR Maternal Health program convened a symposium on June 11 and 12, 2008, in Washington, DC, and New York entitled, “Rethinking Maternal Health.” The symposium examined issues surrounding maternal health in the context of U.S. foreign assistance. A summary, transcripts, and audio recordings of the symposium are available below.

Summary of sessions 1 - 3 (PDF)

Center for Preventive Action Symposium on the Future of Conflict Prevention

Staff: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
December 10, 2007—Special One-Day Symposium

Timed with the tenth anniversary of the release of the final report of the widely regarded Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, the symposium, titled "The Future of Conflict Prevention," assessed what we -- the United States, UN, and international community -- have and have not accomplished in terms of conflict prevention (theory and practice) over the last decade, and looked forward to new challenges and requirements for successful preventive action.

Summary Report

Council Special Report on Small Arms and Light Weapons

Staff: Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Author: Reuben E. Brigety
December 12, 2006—November 29, 2007

A major task of early warning of violent conflict is to understand the linkage between political, economic, and social sources and triggers of violence and larger, systemic issues that consistently contribute to unrest. One such dynamic is the international proliferation and trade, licit and illicit, in small arms and light weapons (SALW). This forthcoming report will review the current state of the global SALW problem, examine the U.S. policies for tackling the problem, and then propose tangible, realistic steps for the United States to address SALW proliferation and misuse as a form of systemic conflict prevention.

Center on Capitalism and Society 4th Annual Conference: The Dynamism of U.S. Capitalism - Is it Deficient? Is it Endangered?

Staff: James P. Dougherty, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy
Wednesday, November 14, 2007—Thursday, November 15, 2007

Presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and hosted by

Edmund S. Phelps 2006 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, McVickar Professor Political Economy, Columbia University; Director, Center on Capitalism and Society

James P. Dougherty Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Council Special Report on Zimbabwe

Staff: Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
Author: Michelle D. Gavin, Adjunct Fellow for Africa
May 2007—October 2007

This forthcoming report will survey the current situation in Zimbabwe, identifying current structural and legal impediments to economic and political recovery. It will argue that the time to develop post-Mugabe plans is now, and will then develop policy prescriptions for encouraging a transition, containing turmoil in the midst of change, and establishing structures that will contribute to long-term growth and stability in southern Africa.

Council Special Report on the Case for Wage Insurance

Staff: Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics and Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies
Author: Robert J. LaLonde, Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
May 2006—September 2007

Professor Robert J. Lalonde, professor of economics at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, is writing a Council Special Report on job displacement and the experienced worker. In this report, Professor LaLonde examines evidence on the causes of job loss, both through trade, technological change, and other factors, and suggests policies for aiding workers most harmed by job displacement—long-tenured, displaced workers. The report outlines the merits of a wage insurance program that would supplement the earnings of long-tenured workers displaced by international trade and other factors. The report contends that without policies to aid the workers most adversely affected by job loss, public support for further economic liberalization will likely diminish.