Task Force Reports


Report Card on the U.S.-Mexico Border
This 2013 Report Card from the Pacific Council’s joint U.S.-Mexico Border Security task force with COMEXI (the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations) assesses the two countries’ progress on the recommendations made in the groups’ 2009 report. The report made recommendations on six policy areas of mutual concern: Security, Economic Development, Migration, Water Management, the Environment, and Facilitation. This document aims to identify the most salient accomplishments to date and the most important challenges that remain outstanding. The report card finds that despite significant progress in certain policy areas, progress on key issues like environmental management, economic development and migration is disappointing.

Sharing Space with our Hemispheric Partners: A Latino Perspective on U.S. Policy toward Latin America
This 2012 report from the Pacific Council’s Latino Leadership Task Force, convened in partnership with the Mexico Institute, highlights an important opportunity for Washington to prioritize partners and markets in the Western Hemisphere, and to engage the Latino community as partners in the effort. The report urges the creation of policy that reflects changing demographics in the United States and the growing influence of the U.S. Latino community in four key areas: trade and economic development, regional diplomacy, security issues and migration.

Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change - A Strategy for California
This 2010 report from the Pacific Council’s Task Force on Adaptation to Climate Change represents the culmination of a rigorous, yearlong examination of some of the most pressing climate change effects to which California must adapt, as well as the short- and long-term strategies California must undertake if the state is to prepare for these effects. The report sets out an actionable plan for the Golden State by providing key and threat-specific recommendations regarding three significant hazards: sea level rise, more severe forest / range wildfires, and water supply reduction.

Managing the Mexico-U.S. Border: Seeking Cooperative Solutions to Common Challenges

This 2009 report from the Bi-national Task Force on the U.S.-Mexico Border was created through the cooperative effort of the Pacific Council and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI). It provides analytically informed prescriptions for the U.S.-Mexico border region in six policy areas of mutual concern: Security, Economic Development, Migration, Water Management, the Environment, and Facilitation. Recommendations were derived from Task Force meetings in both countries and have been well received by both the U.S. and Mexican governments.

This June 2009 report is the product of a focused and sustained exchange between American and Indian business leaders and policy experts in a Joint Task Force of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). The report takes stock of the challenges and opportunities in U.S.-India economic relations, an important dimension of the bilateral relationship that has been overshadowed by the recent focus in Washington and New Delhi on nuclear cooperation, deepening military ties and convergent geopolitical interests. Key policy recommendations are divided into two broad categories: Initiatives that will have an impact across a range of economic sectors; and proposals focused on technological fields important to both countries.

Engaging China and India: An Economic Agenda for Japan and the U.S.
Recognizing the immense challenges and enormous opportunities posed by the economic ascent of China and India, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Japan Economic Foundation, and the Pacific Council for International Policy convened a Bi-national Study Group of American and Japanese leaders and experts to forge a common understanding of how the two nations should respond. Based on a yearlong series of meetings and exchanges among Study Group participants, this 2006 report recommends that the United States and Japan must actively engage China and India as they continue their economic development and ensure that the emergence of these two powers is not viewed in Japan and the United States as a zero-sum game. Indeed, say Study Group participants, the real danger ahead is not that China and India will someday surge ahead of the United States and Japan, but that they may falter in their progress, potentially destabilizing Asia and threatening the international trading system.

India-U.S. Relations: A Vision for the Future
The result of the first policy study on India-U.S. relations to be carried out on a bilateral basis, this 2005 report is the result of a Joint Task Force comprised of key members of the Pacific Council on International Policy and India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Task Force participants conclude that progress in both countries rests on expanding the free flow of trade and ideas, recommending that Indians and Americans mobilize the energies of free people to ensure a dynamic relationship between private initiative and the management of public affairs in both countries.

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