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.

2012 (continued)

Sustaining Healthy Development: A Workshop on the Post–MDGs Agenda for Global Health

Director: Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health
November 19, 2012

This workshop was sponsored by the International Institutions and Global Governance program and made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

Workshop on Oil and Political Relationships

Director: Blake Clayton, Adjunct Fellow for Energy
January 19, 2012—January 20, 2012

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) convened a workshop to explore connections between oil trade and political relations. To accomplish this objective, the workshop brought together a diverse set of scholars and practitioners with backgrounds in economics, international relations, security, and public policy to focus on case studies that were selected to provide insight into important potential relationships between oil markets and international relations. Several participants were asked to prepare simple memos, which are available below. The memos are not CFR publications, and are solely the responsibility of their authors. They are shared here so that others can learn from them.

This workshop was made possible by the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

2011

Civil Society, Democracy, and Countering Radicalism Roundtable

Director: Ed Husain, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
April 25, 2011—June 30, 2015

This roundtable series examines the impact of Islamist movements in the Middle East and Pakistan, with special attention to innovative efforts by civil society groups to counter radicalization.

Japan’s Political Transition and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Director: Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
January 11, 2011—March 31, 2015

The challenges that confront the U.S.-Japan relationship today are many, and the opportunities to devise new ways of cooperating ample. Yet we still know too little about how to adapt our alliance to the changing demands within Japan for greater accountability and transparency in governance. The March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake has confounded the governance pressures on Japan's new government, and expanded our bilateral alliance agenda. The confusion and disconnect between the two governments during the early months of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) rule suggest the need for a much better understanding of the domestic pressures on Japan's new government for change in alliance policy. The Japan studies program conducted a study to analyze domestic political change in Japan and its effect on the U.S.-Japan alliance, and published Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance in July 2014.

This project was made possible by grants from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Foundation.

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.

Roundtable Series on Global Drug Safety

Director: Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health
December 5, 2011—April 2, 2012

This research project was sponsored by the International Institutions and Global Governance program and made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

Maternal Health in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Director: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
May 1, 2011—September 30, 2011

U.S. officials have spoken of the need to promote the “3 Ds”—defense, diplomacy, and development—in recognition of the fact that success in places like Afghanistan cannot come through military action alone. One area where the United States has committed to helping that country is public health, especially for women and children. A central element of the U.S. strategy is improving maternal health, which is crucial given that Afghanistan has some of the worst maternal mortality statistics in the world. With the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, this project seeks to improve understanding of how the United States and international organizations can promote better maternal health in Afghanistan, and what larger benefits could result from such improvements in terms of defense, diplomacy, and development.