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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CGS Roundtable Series

Director: Douglas Holtz-Eakin
December 1, 2004—Present

This meeting series is designed to bring Council members together in a small seminar environment to discuss new and innovative thinking at the intersection of economics and foreign policy.

Women and Foreign Policy Advisory Council

January 1, 2006—Present

The advisory council has been instrumental in establishing the endowed chair for Women and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Founded by Jewelle Bickford, senior managing director at Rothschild North America Inc., its members include leaders from the business, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors throughout the country who have a keen interest in issues related to U.S. foreign policy toward women in developing countries. If you would like more information about the advisory council, please contact Anne Connell, Assistant Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program,

Study Group on the Rise of Popular Government and Nationalism in Northeast Asia

July 1, 2005—Present
Over the last two decades, democratization and liberal economic reform have swept Northeast Asia. The impact on regional foreign policies and international relations, however, may not be entirely what American policymakers hoped for as they pressed for these changes. In Taiwan and South Korea, democracy has opened new opportunities for American diplomacy, but it has also introduced new and sometimes dangerous variables. Taiwan’s “identity politics” have complicated U.S. relations with China. And the rise of a new generation in South Korea, with very different views of North Korea and represented by a more assertive government, has limited Washington’s room for maneuver in dealing with Pyongyang. China has not “democratized,” but the government finds it increasingly difficult to control and contain popular nationalist sentiments. And although political reform in Japan has enabled a closer alliance with the United States, there too, popular politics is facilitating the reemergence of nationalist forces. Dealing effectively with the new governments of East Asia will require a new understanding of the opportunities and challenges posed by the political and economic transformations underway there.

This project will result in a book that will assess the region’s new political, economic, and social geography and the implications for the American policy.

An Action Plan for the United States: Promoting Political and Economic Liberalization in the Middle East

Staff: Elliot Schrage, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy
January 1, 2005—Present

This study will test the hypothesis that an incentive-based policy is more effective in promoting market economies and democratic politics than an approach in which Washington relies on the ostensibly transformative effects of civil society, regime change in Iraq, regional peace, or the willingness of Arab leaders to pursue reform.

Borders Beyond Control

January 1, 2005—Present

In this book, the author analyzes how the U.S. ought to manage immigration, taking into account politics, sociology, economics, and international relations. He calls for a benign attitude toward illegal immigration, a policy stance he supports even in the wake of September 11.

Expected publication date: Spring 2006


Director: Manuel Hinds, Former Salvadoran Finance Minister
January 1, 2005—Present

This project will lead to a book where the author will examine the desirability of dollarization for emerging market economies, the possible contributions to international financial stability it could bring, and suggest ways the U.S. can help foreign governments address political objections they may face in trying to implement this policy.

Illegal Immigration Reform in the U.S.

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati
January 2005—Present

This project will result in a pamphlet examining current immigration reform attempts in the context of past immigration law reform.

Immigration: Getting U.S. Policy Right

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati
January 2005—Present

This project will result in a book analyzing how the U.S. ought to manage immigration, taking into account policies, sociology, economics, and international relations. He calls for a benign attitude toward illegal immigration, even in the wake of September 11.

Study Group on After the Knowledge Economy: What America Must Do to Win the Next Technological Race with Asia

January 1, 2005—Present

After the Knowledge Economy: What America Must Do to Win the Technological Race with Asia argues that the United States is currently the world’s technology leader, but can no longer assume its technological superiority will continue indefinitely. The American innovation system is weakening; globalization is changing how and where innovation occurs; and new, serious competitors are emerging in Asia.

Asia’s ascendancy is more than the next competitive challenge for a few American technology companies. The United States’ status as a superpower is at stake. Economic dynamism, military power, and political influence all flow from the United States’ technological predominance. Failing to ensure that the American economy remains the most innovative means accommodating ourselves to a future where other countries reap the lion’s share of the benefits of technological development; potential rivals strengthen their militaries and threaten our core security interests; and Asia replaces the United States as the source of new ideas and inspiration for the world.

The study group will result in a book in Fall 2007 that will provide an introduction to and analysis of important technology actors in Asia—players who could represent growth opportunities for as well as potential competitors to American business. In addition, the book will make practical policy suggestions about how the United States should foster technological entrepreneurship at home and what it should demand from its trading partners abroad.

This project is made possible by the generous support from the Kauffman Foundation.

Study Group on Currency Consolidation

Author: Peter B. Kenen, Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Economics, and Ellen E. Meade, Associate Professor of Economics, American University
January 1, 2005—Present

This project will result in a book considering the prospects for the regionalization of the international monetary system. The authors will begin by comparing the various exisiting and soon-to-exist forms of currency consolidation and then examine the prospects for future monetary unions, particularly among NAFTA, MERCOSUR, and East Asian nations.

Study Group on Russian Gas and the American Interest

Staff: David G. Victor, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Science and Technology
January 1, 2005—Present

This study group examines Russia's considerable influence in international gas markets and proposes strategies that the United States might pursue to either reform or out-manuever Russia's dominant gas supplier, Gazprom. Particular attention will be paid to the role of liquified natural gas (LNG) in the gas markets of future, as well as the role of domestic power consumption, regulation, and conservation in determining future demand.

The findings from this study will help Dr. Victor write a scholarly article to be placed in a major foreign policy journal.

The Rise of China and the Remaking of East Asia

Staff: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
January 1, 2005—Present

This project will lead to a book explorning how China is moving to reshape the political, economic, and security landscape of Asia and what steps the United States must take to ensure that its interests continue to be addressed in this changing environment.

CGS Seminar Series in International Finance

Staff: Peter B. Kenen, Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Economics
December 1, 2004—Present

This roundtable series examines the prospects for regional monetary integration and other developments likely to affect the organization and functioning of the international monetary system.