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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*OLD - DO NOT USE* Women and Foreign Policy

Staff: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, and Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program
Fellow: Rachel B. Vogelstein, Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program
January 25, 2009—Present

The Women and Foreign Policy program is a major component of CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative. The objective of the Women and Foreign Policy program is to bring the status of women firmly into the mainstream foreign policy debate. Thanks in part to its efforts, there is now broad understanding of the importance of women's empowerment to a host of development, health, security, and other global priorities.

The program's current areas of focus include:

  • Improving maternal health in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • U.S. leadership in international reproductive health and family planning.
  • The role of technology and private sector resources in empowering women economically.

Please see below for relevant publications:

Latin America Roundtable Series

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
January 1, 2009—Present

During the first decade of the twenty-first century, Latin America has shown itself to be a region with strong growth, stable financial markets, varying but quite vibrant democracies, and vital voices in a number of multilateral forums. Yet it still faces formidable challenges, including boosting economic competiveness, deepening socially inclusive democracies, and building state capacity to improve the lives of all 500 million citizens in the region. The Roundtable Series on Latin America looks broadly at the issues facing Latin American and U.S. policymakers in the coming years ahead, including strengthening the rule of law, physical infrastructure and human capacity building, taxation and governments' revenue streams, poverty and inequality, the potential for public-private partnerships, and capitalizing on energy resources across the region.

Roundtable Series on the Rule of Law and U.S. Foreign Policy

October 2008—Present

Taking place in New York, this series serves as a venue for policymakers, scholars, legal professionals, and journalists to exchange ideas and reach conclusions on issues at the intersection of law and United States foreign policy. Particular attention is given to matters of international legal policy involving the rule of law.

The United States and the Future of Global Governance Roundtable Series

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
September 15, 2008—Present

The United States and the Future of Global Governance roundtable series will focus on core global governance challenges and proposals for fundamental institutional reform. Topics will include overhaul of the UN Security Council; the reform and expansion of the G8; prospects for a global counterterrorism organization; the adaptation of U.S. sovereignty to a global age; the trade-offs between formal institutions and ad hoc coalitions; and the domestic and legislative preconditions for sustained U.S. multilateral engagement. This roundtable series is sponsored by CFR's Program on International Institutions and Global Governance and is supported by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation.

Military Affairs Roundtable Series

Directors: Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.), Colonel John S. Clark Jr., USAF, Former Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force, Captain Brian T. Donegan, USN, Military Fellow, U.S. Navy, Colonel John C. Kennedy, USMC, Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps, and Colonel Kevin C. Owens, USA, Military Fellow, U.S. Army
July 2008—Present

The Military Affairs Roundtable Series provides a forum for experts from both the public and private sector to engage senior officers from the U.S. Armed Forces in discussions on timely and important defense and national security issues.

Emerging Issues in Africa Roundtable

Director: Michelle D. Gavin, Adjunct Fellow for Africa
May 27, 2008—Present

This roundtable series will meet periodically over the course of 2008 to explore changing political and security dynamics on the African continent, often with a special emphasis on U.S. policy options and responses. Extra effort will be devoted to drawing in new voices and perspectives on critical African issues.

Post-Conflict Reconstruction Roundtable Series

Staff: Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.)
November 2007—Present

The Post-Conflict Reconstruction Roundtable Series provides a forum for experts from the U.S. government, military, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to assess U.S. post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization (PCRS) capabilities (military and civilian), discuss challenges in undertaking PCRS operations, and develop policy recommendations to improve future stabilization and reconstruction operations. The series will pay special attention to the prospect for increased civilian-military coordination in reconstruction efforts, progress within U.S. government agencies in implementing National Security Presidential Directive 44 (NSPD-44), and the experience of Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan.

Center for Preventive Action "Flashpoints" Roundtable Series

Staff: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, and 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
November 2007—Present

The meeting series focuses attention on situations that are increasingly discernible as "flashpoints" for violent conflict. At each not-for-attribution meeting, experts from government, private sector, and nongovernmental communities present different perspectives on and address discrete elements of the problem. The goal of the "Flashpoints" series is to raise public awareness of potentially explosive places and to offer practical recommendations for preventive action in the discussed state or region.

This series is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Roundtable Series on Anticipating European Futures

Director: Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Alliance Relations (on leave)
October 2007—Present

This roundtable consists of a series of meetings on European political, economic, demographic, and defense trends.  The series explores what Europe is likely to become over the next decade and beyond, and what this evolution will mean for U.S. foreign policy and for the transatlantic relationship.

Education for Children of Conflict

Staff: Gene B. Sperling, Senior Fellow for Economic Policy and Director of the Center for Universal Education
September 27, 2007—Present

As part of its research and policy work, the Center focuses on examining how education can be a vital part of a comprehensive humanitarian strategy for conflict, post-conflict and refugee settings. Education can provide a healing and safe place for children of conflict; it can provide a sense of much needed normalcy in a chaotic conflict environment, it can teach non-violence and understanding, and most importantly, it can give young people who have been through the worst misfortune and even horrors, the tools to build a better life for themselves and a better future for their nations. Yet education in emergencies and post-conflict situations too often falls through the cracks; overlooked because it is not seen as “life-saving” or because donors do not trust the governments in which these children live. The Center's work seeks to address this gap by

(a)   studying and promoting best practices and model programs including those standards developed by the INEE, and

(b)   drafting and delivering new analyses and recommendations on international financing of education in conflict situations to major stakeholders including G-8 development agencies, the United Nations, and World Bank

(c)   creating support, understanding and momentum for the design and implementation of high-quality education projects for children of conflict

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.