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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Roundtable Series on America’s Governability Crisis

Director: James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
April 27, 2012—Present

The Roundtable Series on America's Governability Crisis focuses on the challenge of governing effectively during a time of sharp partisan polarization in Washington. The series seeks to examine the challenges that domestic division poses to developing and executing sound fiscal, economics, defense, and foreign policies. The series is held as part of the Renewing America initiative, which considers how policies at home will directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.

Illicit Networks Roundtable Series

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
March 21, 2012—Present

These working group roundtables, cosponsored by CFR and Google Ideas, are held in preparation for a major Google Ideas summit on illicit networks, that will take place in July 2012. The roundtables gather an intimate group of experts, policymakers, former participants and survivors of transnational crime to analyze the structure of illicit networks, and discuss gaps, flaws, or prospects in policies to combat violent transnational crime. The roundtable series is sponsored by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation to the Council on Foreign Relations' International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program, and Google Ideas.

Meeting Notes:

Rescue Gone Wrong: Misconnections Between Policies and Lived Experiences of Trafficking (PDF)

Illicit Networks: Mafia States, Nonstate Actors (PDF)

Illicit Actors: Mapping Networks, Assessing Tactics (PDF)

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.

Nigeria Security Tracker

January 1, 2012—Present

The Nigeria Security Tracker is an effort to catalog and visualize incidents of violence in Nigeria related to political, economic, and social grievances. This regularly updated, well-organized information captured through a rigorous survey of international and Nigerian press reports is intended to help policymakers understand with better precision the frequency, location, and types of violence that have continued to undermine Nigeria's stability.

Visit the Nigeria Security Tracker.

Project on Universal Health Coverage

Director: Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health
January 1, 2012—Present

This project addresses the need for and examines the means to achieving universal health coverage. A series of four meetings will take place, and the project will culminate in a report on the topic, in April 2012.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Non-Communicable Diseases

September 14, 2011—Present

Resources on an emerging global health priority

Non-communicable diseases (also called chronic, "lifestyle," or "choice" diseases) are the most common causes of death worldwide. Once linked primarily to the developed world, data now show that most of the tens of millions of annual deaths related to diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease occur in the developing world. In April 2011, UN health ministers agreed to the Moscow Declaration (PDF), which calls for global action on NCDs, with a focus on the developing world, setting the stage for a high-level UN meeting in September 2011. The scope of the problem -- and the policy challenges -- are explored in the following materials.

Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

September 6, 2011—Present

The Program on U.S.-Korea Policy aims to deepen and broaden the foundations for institutionalized cooperation between the United States and South Korea by promoting a comprehensive U.S.-ROK alliance partnership on emerging global, regional, and non-traditional security challenges. Objectives of the program include the establishment of a deeper understanding of South Korea's efforts to contribute on the international stage; its potential influence and contributions as a middle power in East Asia; and the peninsular, regional, and global implications of North Korean instability.

Initially established as the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy at The Asia Foundation in January 2009 with generous support from the Smith Richardson Foundation, the program became a part of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in September 2011. The program is funded with support from the Smith Richardson Foundation, Korea Foundation, and South Korean private sponsors, including Hyundai Motors, Korea International Trade Association, and the Federation of Korean Industries, as well as individual donor Sandor Hau.

The Program on U.S.-Korea Policy publishes a monthly newsletter on important issues in U.S.-Korea relations. Project results and issues of the newsletter prior issued prior to October 2011 are located here.

The Program on U.S.-Korea Policy also has projects planned in several areas.

Renewing America Roundtable Series

Director: James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
July 1, 2011—Present

Part of CFR's Renewing America initiative, this roundtable series brings high-level attention to homegrown challenges to U.S. national security. Meetings in this series are led by individual CFR fellows and examine how policies at home will directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.

Rising Regionalism: Implications for International Order and U.S. Policy

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
July 1, 2011—Present

Increasingly, regional and subregional organizations and initiatives complement--and compete with--global institutions in addressing shared threats and overcoming collective action problems. Yet the depth and performance of these institutions and arrangements varies hugely across regions and issue areas. Few have analyzed the risks and opportunities of these trends -- and how the United States can and should respond to them. To fill this gap, the IIGG program is organizing meetings on Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Some of these events will occur in the United States, others in the respective regions.

This workshop series is made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

Roundtable Series on Japan

Director: Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
July 1, 2011—Present

The Roundtable Series on Japan is an ongoing series that provides a forum for leading U.S. and Japanese experts to analyze Japan's domestic and foreign policy. Of particular interest is the analysis of U.S.-Japan policy cooperation in a fluid Asia-Pacific region.

This series is made possible in part by the generosity of the following corporate and foundation sponsors: US-Japan Foundation, Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Sony Corporation of America, Toyota Motor North America, and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

U.S.-India Joint Study Group on Shared National Interests

Chairs: Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, and Naresh Chandra, Ambassador of India to the United States
May 11, 2011—Present

The U.S.-India Joint Study Group on Shared National Interests, cosponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and Aspen Institute India, was convened to assess issues of current and critical importance to the U.S.-India relationship and to provide policymakers in both countries with concrete judgments and recommendations. The group was co-chaired by Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at CFR and former ambassador to India; and Naresh Chandra, chairman of India's National Security Advisory Board and former Indian ambassador to the United States. Diverse in backgrounds and perspectives, Joint Study Group members aimed to reach a consensus on policy through private and nonpartisan deliberations.

Africa After 50 Roundtable Series

Director: Jendayi Frazer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies
March 11, 2011—Present

Africa After 50 is a roundtable series that examines new trends and regional dynamics that are shaping Africa's future and will impact U.S. policy opportunities on the continent. The emergence of new strategic players, especially China, India, and Middle Eastern countries, have created a more complex diplomatic landscape for the United States and African countries to navigate. Sustained economic growth over the past decade attracts interest in the region as a frontier and emerging market for global capital. Africa's entrepreneurs, rising urban middle classes and youth, and the introduction of new media are setting the stage for the next fifty years. Political stability and security remain fragile and depend on the increasing effectiveness of national and regional institutions. The African Union and sub-regional organizations in particular, have become more assertive in conflict resolution efforts across the continent, but long-term security will also require good governance innovation at the local and national levels. This series examines Africa's outlook after fifty years of independence from this new baseline by fostering discussion about the changing demographics, political and societal institutions, and the financial and physical infrastructure that will enable positive change. Hence the series focuses on new thinking and new strategies for Africa's transformation.