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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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.

Global Health, Economics, and Development Roundtable Series

Director: Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development
September 30, 2011—Present


Meeting Transcript: Cell Phones Without Factories: A Conversation with Tyler Cowen on International Economic Development

Meeting Transcript: Poor World Cities: A Conversation with Edward Glaeser

Meeting Transcript: Ready or Not: Medical Countermeasures for Pandemics

Meeting Transcript: Generic Drug Regulation and the Politics of Pharmaceutical Pricing

Meeting Transcript: Are Soda Taxes an Answer in the Fight Against Obesity? A Progress Report From Mexico

Meeting Transcript: The Economics of Antimicrobial Resistance

Meeting Transcript: A Conversation with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg

Meeting Transcript: Good Philanthropy, Bad Philanthropy, and Their Role in International Development

Meeting Transcript: Regulation, Behavior, and Paternalism

Meeting Transcript: The Global Burden of Disease and its Implications for U.S. Policy

Meeting Transcript: Is there a Seat at the Table for the Food & Beverage Industry in the Global Fight against Obesity?

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, James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance 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 International Corporation, 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.

Roundtable Series on Israeli and Palestinian Unilateralism

Director: Robert Danin, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies
February 18, 2011—Present

Increasingly, Israelis and Palestinians are discussing unilateral steps they can take as an alternative to failed negotiating efforts. One notable option that is gaining traction is a possible Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood. Similarly, some Israelis are looking at steps they can take to ensure their security if bilateral agreements prove impossible. Made possible in part by the generous support of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Roundtable Series on Israeli and Palestinian Unilateralism aims to create a forum for an informed debate on unilateral actions by examining their legal and political implications and their possible consequences for the region.

U.S.-UN Roundtable Series

Directors: Stewart M. Patrick, James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, and Micah Zenko, Senior Fellow
January 1, 2011—Present

The U.S.-UN roundtable meeting series seeks to organize high-level discussions with senior United Nations officials, including officials from member states and regional organizations, on timely issues related to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, and international security. A core group of selected invitees from member state governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental communities participate in these discussions. The goal of these meetings is to raise awareness of the role of the United Nations in addressing critical issues of peace and security. This meeting series is cosponsored by CFR's Center for Preventive Action and the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance.

U.S.-Mexico Initiative

Director: Shannon K. O'Neil, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program
December 1, 2010—Present

Director: Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Over the past thirty years, Mexico has changed dramatically, undergoing rapid and widespread social, political, and economic transformations. It has moved from a closed economy, a one party dominant polity, and poor nation to one with a globally competitive economy, a rising middle class, and a burgeoning democracy. Yet, Mexico continues to face serious issues. Violence and insecurity, the dominance of economic monopolies and oligopolies, limited credit, and weak education and infrastructure hit Mexico's economy and its people. The way that Mexico addresses these current challenges will define its future.

What has also changed is Mexico's relationship with the United States. The two countries have been tied due to geography. But over the last three decades, the nature of this relationship has broadened and deepened to the point where arguably no other nation affects the United States and its citizens as much on a day-to-day basis. Companies, supply chains, energy, the environment, people, communities, beliefs, and security bind the two nations together, making Mexico's path forward matter more than ever for its northern neighbor. It is past time for the United States to forge a new relationship with its southern neighbor. Through research, outreach, and publication, including Shannon O'Neil's book Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, and her blog Latin America's Moment, the U.S.-Mexico Initiative aims to positively influence and shape U.S. policy toward Mexico. In no uncertain terms, America's future depends on it.