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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Education in Conflict and Emergency Situations Roundtable Series

Staff: Gene B. Sperling, Senior Fellow for Economic Policy and Director of the Center for Universal Education
September 1, 2007—Present

This roundtable series focuses on the challenge of funding and managing education in emergency and conflict situations.

Energy Security Group

Chair: William F. Martin
Staff: Judith Kipper
January 1, 1998—Present

The Energy Security Group meets regularly to discuss policy options for the United States, Japan, and the international community on a broad range of energy security issues including nuclear proliferation and energy, global warming, energy supply and demand, and the science and technology which has a direct impact on energy security. The Energy Security Group has been funded by the Japan Atomic and Industrial Forum (JAIF) since 1995. The Forum has established an Energy Security Group in Japan as well.

Emerging Powers in Global Health Governance Roundtable Series

Director: Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health
November 2011—2013

This roundtable series focuses on the emerging state and non-state actors in global health and their role in a changing governance structure.

This roundtable series is sponsored by the International Institutions and Global Governance Program and made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages in Conflict and Postconflict Environments

Director: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
October 1, 2011—August 30, 2012

Despite myriad challenges, entrepreneurs in conflict and postconflict environments have succeeded in building viable businesses that stabilize families and communities and foster economic growth on a national level. While the importance of entrepreneurship has been widely discussed, little is known and has been written about what works in terms of linking entrepreneurs with markets in these environments.

This project seeks to fill that gap by investigating efforts underway in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Liberia, among others, and exploring ways to improve market linkages for entrepreneurs. It will focus on new and growing firms, as well as examine firms that have developed into large-scale enterprises. It will also analyze the unique barriers facing female entrepreneurs and suggest ways the international community can best focus its efforts to address challenges seen by entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict environments.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Foreign Policy Roundtable

Director: Nicholas X. Rizopoulos, Senior Studies Editor, Council on Foreign Relations
October 1, 1989—January 1, 1997
The Foreign Policy Roundtable is a series of monthly seminars, with a different author presenting a discussion paper, drawn from a recent article or other work-in-progress, on an issue of current concern to U.S. foreign policy. The seminar group consists primarily of journalists, editors, and a sprinkling of academics and Council staff. The roundtable has been meeting regularly under this format since late 1988. During the past year, author/presenters included Leon Sigal, Tozun Bahcheli, Robert Hutchings and Vojtech Mastny.

Functional Issues

The project considers prospects for specific functional areas of cooperation in the context of an expanded alliance, with special attention to U.S.-ROK cooperation in the areas of nuclear energy and nonproliferation, international development assistance, and climate change and green growth.


Global Health Norm Setting Roundtable Series

Director: Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health
October 23, 2012—Present

Global health governance in the 21st century has been characterized by the rise of new actors, new problems, and new processes. While a lot of attention has been given to the negotiation of rules and norms to address health challenges at the global level, we still do not know much about how international health norms and rules are set at the regional level.This roundtable series will focuses on how global health rules, norms, and standards are established and how they should be developed in the future.

This roundtable series is sponsored by the International Institutions and Global Governance Program and made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

Global Stakes in Human Rights Roundtable Series

Director: Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights
September 1, 2010—Present

The Global Stakes in Human Rights Roundtable Series examines the tangible interests of the United States and international community in promoting political, civil, economic, and labor rights.

Bringing together regular participants of diverse sectors and ideological positions, it identifies best practices of international institutions, governments, nonprofits, and corporations to advance democratic pluralism and the rule of law.

Meeting Note: Business and Human Rights

George F. Kennan Roundtable on Russia and Eurasia

Director: Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies
October 1, 2001—Present

The Kennan Roundtable is an on-going series of meetings that focus on the major policy questions posed by changing U.S. relationships with Russia and the former Soviet states of Eurasia. Whether measured by the near-alliance between Presidents Bush and Putin, the establishment of bases in Central Asia, or Ukraine's decision to seek NATO membership, there has been significant enhancement of these relationships since September 11. Understanding their durability and direction is the principal aim.

Meetings examine areas of expanding cooperation, such as Moscow's unfolding energy strategy and the security of sensitive nuclear materials. We will also look at emerging areas of discord. In the case of Russia, these include the tensions associated with its recurrent pressures on Georgia; in the case of Ukraine and Central Asia, the continuing emphasis placed by U.S. policy on democratization and human rights.

Global Brazil Initiative

Director: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies
February 2, 2009—January 9, 2015

For the first time since the 1890s, when the United States made its international debut, a new player also from the Western Hemisphere is making the world its stage—Brazil. The Global Brazil Initiative addresses the domestic, regional, and international dimensions of Brazil's emergence as world power. Yet the United States faces Brazil's rise with only an imperfect understanding of its interests and influence. The scope and importance of Brazil's emergence, moreover, extends well beyond the U.S.-Brazil relationship: Brazil's growing influence is evident in trade and finance, global governance, energy, environment, climate change, agriculture, peacekeeping, pandemic disease, and poverty.

Brazil's rise points to among the most important strategic shifts within the hemisphere in recent history. The magnitude of this shift, however, should not overshadow Brazil's ongoing challenges, which include lingering poverty and inequality, insecurity, and deficits in education, health care, and infrastructure. These challenges pose multiple demands upon Brazilians. While the future trajectory of Brazil's rise is likely to be curved rather than linear, its course arcs toward greater inclusiveness, a fairer distribution of wealth, and a sustained commitment to global governance that reflect the voices of rising powers, especially democratic rising powers. To enhance the quality of public and policy debate on the domestic, bilateral, regional and global dimensions of this shift, the Global Brazil Initiative engages in research, outreach, and publication—including Julia Sweig's column in Folha de São Paulo, Brazil's leading newspaper—and an ongoing roundtable series.

Global Health Governance Roundtable Series

Director: Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health
October 2010—Present

The goal of the series is to examine the changing landscape of global health governance in the context of emerging powers, empowered non-governmental actors, and shifting health priorities. A number of questions will be discussed, including: What effect will the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases have on the economic growth of India and China? Can the WHO maintain a central role in global health governance, with competition from other actors (e.g., World Bank, WTO, MNCs, Gates Foundation) and the proliferation of new initiatives not housed by WHO (e.g., Global Fund)? How will the emerging powers (e.g., China, India, Brazil) and the rising nonstate actors affect the international community's ability to set priorities and define the upper limits of acceptable action? How does the entrance of health into the realm of "high politics" affect our way of handling transnational health threats?

Four roundtables will take place throughout the winter and spring in New York and Washington, DC.

This roundtable series is sponsored by the International Institutions and Global Governance program and made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.