Resources & Publications Archive

This Special Report, by Deborah D. Avant, adjunct fellow for U.S. national security, examines the implications that the use of private security forces in Iraq raises for the democratic governance of U.S. foreign policy.

Nuclear Fallout: North Korea and America's Alliances in Northeast Asia

This essay by Mike Chinoy, the Edgerton Senior Fellow for Asia, examines the prospects for the trilateral relationship among Washington, Seoul and Tokyo. The objective is to examine how these key regional allies can continue to maintain a strategic modus operandi amid the dramatic changes now underway in East Asia’s strategic landscape.

This Special Report by Joshua Kurlantzick, adjunct fellow for Asia, explores the evolution and intersection of two contradictory trends now underway in Asia: growing economic and cultural integration occurring alongside the rise of nationalist sentiments in various countries. The Report concludes with a number of recommendations for U.S. regional policy.

This Special Report by Mikkal E. Herberg, senior fellow for international energy studies, assesses China's growing energy needs and its potential to transform the international energy landscape, and concludes with recommendations for U.S. policy.

This Special Report by Robert W. Sweeney, the Council's inaugural Corporate Fellow, assesses the impact of post 9/11 enforcement of U.S. government financial regulation on U.S. financial institutions and national economic security.

Despite the stark challenges faced by both the Calderón and Obama administrations, a real moment of opportunity presently exists in the U.S.-Mexico relationship in which a series of limited yet pragmatic policy shifts in a number of fields could have an outsized impact on North American prosperity, security, and cooperation.

Despite the polarizing events surrounding his election last summer, President Calderón is off to an impressive start. Yet the outlook for the remainder of his term is far more problematic given the constraints he faces in pushing through the fundamental reforms essential for Mexico’s continued development.

Notwithstanding headline-grabbing political tensions among China, Japan and Korea, East Asia is moving toward a more cohesive regional community, especially in the economic and cultural realms. This development has significant ramifications for America’s long-standing preeminence in the region. Yet the United States can remain a vital element in Asia by engaging, rather than trying to block, the evolutions underway.

The U.S. and Germany: facing the new challenges of the 21st century

The third annual workshop between Atlantik-Brücke and the Pacific Council on International Policy held in Los Angeles, California on March 15-17, 2007 addressed new challenges facing Germany, Europe and the United States and the future directions of transatlantic cooperation

Mexico under Calderón: The Challenges Ahead

Leftist protest of Felipe Calderón’s victory were the focus of media attention following Mexico’s bitterly contested presidential election. But preventing conservative elements from within own his party from hijacking his agenda may prove just as nettlesome for Calderón once he takes office, argues a new Pacific Council Special Report.

Latin America after the Washington Consensus: Re-assessing Policies and Priorities
Based on a workshop with top economic and political analysts, this report examines the reasons for Latin America’s disappointing experience with reforms in the 1990s and current disenchantment with democracy and market economics. The study identifies urgent policy steps necessary to promote long-term growth, including investing in human capital, strengthening credit markets in local currencies, and rebuilding states’ capacities for sound economic management and resilience to external shocks.


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