• 1.A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus

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  • 2.AIDS, Security and Conflict Research Hub

    The AIDS, Security and Conflict Research Hub is a portal for the latest work on the areas covered by the SSRC's AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI): HIV/AIDS in uniformed services; HIV/AIDS, humanitarian crises, and post-conflict transitions; HIV/AIDS and fragile states; and gender and cross-cutting issues. The site is home to the Resource Database, a community-editable "field mapping" tool for collecting data on people, institutions, and resources in the fields of HIV/AIDS, security, and conflict. Go to the hub front page.

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  • 3.Abe Fellows Global Forum

    An initiative of the Abe Fellowship Program, the Abe Fellows Global Forum (Abe Global)  brings Abe Fellow research and expertise on pressing issues of global concern to broader audiences. Abe Global hosts events each year in partnership with academic and civic organizations throughout the United States. Abe Global 2020 | Work-Life Balance in the Covid Age: Can the United States and Japan Meet the Challenges?, will be held virtually via Zoom on October 27, 2020 at 9:00 am EST. Our Abe Fellow panelists will review the gains made in the struggle for gender equality over the last decade, and consider the challenges facing both Japan and the United States and the differential impact of the pandemic as a result of differences in education, marital status, occupation, and race. Abe Global 2020 is held in partnership with the 21st Century Japan Politics and Society Initiative at Indiana University and New America's Better Life Lab. Abe Global Washington, DC | Cyber Challenges: The Internet, Global Competition, and National Security was held September 5, 2019 at the Hudson Institute's Stern Policy Center. A recorded livestream of the event is available here. The 2019 panelists from the DC event also participated in the East West Institute's Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Progress Roundtable - Palo Alto 2019. Two events were held in 2018 on the theme of Japanese and American innovation in a global age. The first event was on December 1, 2018 in cooperation with and at the Georgia Institute of Technology; the second was on December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC, in cooperation with and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A recorded livestream of the event in Washington, DC is available here. Three events were held in 2017. The first two focused on the theme of “Confronting Climate Change: What Can Japan and the US Contribute to Creating Sustainable Societies,” and were held on October 18, 2017 in cooperation with and at the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston and October 20, 2017 in cooperation with the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. The third event, entitled “Japan and the Leadership of the World Trading System” was held on November 10, 2017 in cooperation with Columbia University's Center on Japanese Economy and Business and School of International Public Affairs. For more information on these events, click on the event links below. The Abe Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

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  • 4.Abe Fellowship Program

    Supporting US- and Japan-based researchers focusing on contemporary issues.

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  • 5.Academic Network on Peace, Security, and the United Nations

    Academic Network on Peace, Security, and the United Nations The SSRC Academic Network on Peace, Security, and the United Nations, an initiative of the Council's Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and its Understanding Violent Conflict Program (UVC), was established in 2019 out of a request from the United Nations Secretariat to provide UN entities and departments charged with responsibility for peace and security with better, more systematic access to new and emerging research in the academy. The Academic Network also aims to facilitate collaborative engagements between the UN and various academic institutions, research networks, and professional associations working on conflict-management relevant research. The Field of Disinformation, Democratic Processes, and Conflict Prevention On 30 January 2020, the SSRC convened the second research workshop of its Academic Network on Peace, Security, and the United Nations in New York. This workshop, on Disinformation, Democratic Processes, and Conflict Prevention, examined the frameworks, findings, and debates in emerging scholarship on information disorder and the linkages between disinformation, elections, hate speech, and identity-based violence. Participants drew on cases in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The workshop also explored the ways in which disinformation affects the UN conflict prevention agenda, and how the UN system can better identify, track, and respond to the negative impacts of disinformation in countries and regions where the UN is engaged. This workshop was a multi-program collaboration led by the SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. It drew on the Council’s new MediaWell program, a new disinformation research mapping web platform, and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program. CPPF commissioned Professor Sahana Udupa of Ludwig Maximilians-Universitat (LMU) Munich to draft a literature review on the intersection of hateful speech, information disorder, and conflict. The review was distributed to workshop participants, together with several MediaWell research reviews. A summary version of this review is being prepared and will be published separately by MediaWell. The Field of Climate and Security: A Scan of the Literature The first meeting of the Academic Network was held on 7-8 March 2019 and examined the frameworks and methodologies used by academics to study the nexus between climate change and risks to sustaining peace, as well as the ways in which climate factors might affect the UN prevention agenda. The SSRC commissioned Joshua Busby, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, to write a literature review on the intersection of climate change and conflict.

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  • 6.African Peacebuilding Network

    Supporting independent African research on peacebuilding and its integration into regional and global policy.

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  • 7.American Slavery’s Legacy across Space and Time

    What is the true impact of racial slavery in the United States today? Technological innovation and newly available data sources create unprecedented possibilities for understanding America’s past, especially as it pertains to racial and ethnic groups who have been systematically excluded from traditional historical analyses. The GU272 research initiative combines qualitative, community-grounded social science with innovative big-data methodologies to bring to light in unprecedented detail how an entire community was transformed by the United States’ legacy of slavery, while also establishing ethical norms for this type of emerging research. The case of the GU272 descendants—the distant sons and daughters of the African men and women owned and then sold by Georgetown University—offers a unique opportunity to build a community-engaged research project from the ground up, showcasing both innovative research methods and standards for ethical engagement. The data collection for this research will be a collaborative effort between local and national memory institutions, GU 272 descendants and community members, and various scholars across academic disciplines and institutions. Supported by the Ford Foundation, the GU272 research initiative is an outgrowth of the work of the Scholarly Borderlands initiative's Working Group on Big Data and Historical Social Science.

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  • 8.An American Dilemma for the 21st Century

    In 1944, Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal published the influential work, An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy. For Myrdal and his collaborators, the central dilemma was the unresolved tension of the “American creed”—the celebration of ideals of equal opportunity and democracy, in the face of deep and enduring racial discrimination and inequality. The dilemma has changed, but it has not receded. To mark this sweeping study’s 75th anniversary, the Council held “An American Dilemma for the 21st Century,” a full-day conference in New York City that explored the work’s modern-day resonances, and launched a digital platform to host the Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in America research memoranda collection at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Carnegie-Myrdal archive contains the output of a stellar team of social scientists who worked with Myrdal to study “the Negro problem” on behalf of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This digital platform will greatly expand the access that scholars and the general public have to these materials. In doing so, it increases the visibility of the “hidden figures,” those scholars who worked alongside Myrdal, but whose roles are lesser-known. The collection provides insight into the methods and methodology of those involved. It also makes available lines of inquiry that did not find its way into the final draft of the book. These archival materials are already being taken up by researchers examining persisting racial inequality in the United States. A recent book by Rajiv Sethi and Brendan O’Flaherty, titled Shadows of Doubt: Stereotypes, Crime, and the Pursuit of Justice, draws on data on police contact in Black communities from a 1940 memoranda by sociologist Arthur Raper. With Support From: Program for Economic Research, Columbia University Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Carnegie Corporation of New York Department of Economics, Columbia University Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University Division of Social Science, Columbia University Center on African American Politics, Columbia University Institute for New Economic Thinking Russell Sage Foundation.

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  • 9.Anxieties of Democracy

    Can representative democracies be strengthened to govern more effectively?.

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  • 10.Anxieties of Democracy Cambridge University Press Book Series

    The Anxieties of Democracy program is collaborating with Cambridge University Press to publish a series of edited volumes. The SSRC Anxieties of Democracy series features work from scholars involved in the program’s working groups and partnerships, and covers topics ranging from the performance of American governing institutions to the politics of economic insecurity. At a fraught moment for democracies worldwide, the Anxieties of Democracy series brings together renowned scholars to probe the sources of current apprehensions about democracy and to explore how democratic regimes might thrive. The first volume in the series, Can America Govern Itself?, was published May 2019. The second, Social Media and Democracy, was released in September 2020, and the third, The Disinformation Age, is slated for publication on October 15, 2020.   The series is edited by John A. Ferejohn, Ira Katznelson, and Deborah J. Yashar. Published Volumes Social Media and Democracy: State of the Field, Prospects for Reform (ed. Persily and Tucker, 2020) Over the last five years, widespread concern about the effects of social media on democracy has led to an explosion in research from different disciplines and corners of academia. This book is the first of its kind to take stock of this emerging multidisciplinary field by synthesizing what we know, identifying what we do not know and obstacles to future research, and charting a course for the future inquiry. Chapters by leading scholars cover major topics—from disinformation to hate speech to political advertising—and situate recent developments in the context of key policy questions. In addition, the book canvasses existing reform proposals in order to address widely perceived threats that social media poses to democracy. Social Media and Democracy emerged out of a Media & Democracy program conference of the same name, held at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. The entire volume is available open access on Cambridge Core, thanks to the support of the SSRC's Media & Democracy program. Editors Nathaniel Persily Stanford University Joshua A. Tucker New York University Can America Govern Itself? (ed. Lee & McCarty, 2019) Can America Govern Itself? brings together a diverse group of distinguished scholars to analyze how rising party polarization and economic inequality have affected the performance of American governing institutions. It is organized around two themes: the changing nature of representation in the United States; and how changes in the political environment have affected the internal processes of institutions, overall government performance, and policy outcomes. The chapters in this volume analyze concerns about power, influence and representation in American politics, the quality of deliberation and political communications, the management and implementation of public policy, and the performance of an eighteenth century constitution in today's polarized political environment. These renowned scholars provide a deeper and more systematic grasp of what is new, and what is perennial in challenges to democracy at a fraught moment. Can America Govern Itself? was produced as a result of meetings, conversations, and efforts from the Anxieties of Democracy working group on Institutions. Editors Frances E. Lee Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland Nolan McCarty Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University Other Contributors: Kenneth Benoit (London School of Economics), Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton University), Anthony Chen(Northwestern University), James Curry (The University of Utah), Lee Drutman (New America Foundation), Nathan Gibson (Princeton University), Daniel Gillion (University of Pennsylvania), Matthew Grossman (Michigan State University), Peter Hanson (University of Denver), Timothy LaPira (James Madison University), Claire Leavitt (Cornell University), Suzanne Mettler (Cornell University), Kevi…

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  • 11.Atlantic Fellows

    The Council has been named a strategic learning and evaluation partner for the Atlantic Fellows, a network of fellowship programs funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies aimed at empowering a new generation of leaders and change-makers to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive, and more equitable societies around the world. Fellows collaborate across disciplines and borders to understand and address the root causes of pressing global problems. The Atlantic Philanthropies understands that a system of strategic learning and assessment designed to guide and support the institutions selected to host its fellowships is essential to ensuring its investments contribute to a learning legacy and make substantial and sustainable impacts. The SSRC is serving as the primary learning and assessment partner for four of the seven fellowships the Atlantic Philanthropies is supporting, providing each fellowship with developmental support, ongoing formative evaluations aimed at improving the structure and organization of the fellowship host institutions, and a long-term strategic learning and assessment plan. Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health The Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health seek social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia. Fellows have residential appointments at either the University of California, San Francisco, or Trinity College Dublin. Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia seek to promote and improve health equity throughout the region, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. Annual cohorts of fellows participate in a nonresidential program that includes attendance at events throughout Southeast Asia and an event at Harvard University. Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity aspire to build an enduring network of leaders dedicated to working across issues, approaches, and geographies to create institutions, narratives, and policies that will advance racial equity and justice. Annual cohorts of fellows participate in a nonresidential program that includes six week-long sessions in New York, Johannesburg, and other US and South African cities. Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity seek to address the major global challenge of entrenched and growing inequality. The fellowship is based at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics.

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  • 12.Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia

    The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia seek to promote and improve health equity throughout the region, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. Fellows from 10 ASEAN countries and China will work to reform health policy and systems, tackle social determinants, and address health inequities within and beyond national boundaries. Annual cohorts of 20 to 25 fellows will participate in a nonresidential program that includes attendance at events throughout Southeast Asia and an event at Harvard University. The program is intended to identify and nurture a new generation of young leaders from the region who are committed to pursuing social justice in health and building a collaborative community. The fellowship curriculum, which will be taught by core faculty and mentors, will combine peer, experiential, and online-blended learning. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be better able to enhance health equity by improving access to quality primary health care; formulating equity-oriented policies in health care systems; addressing issues involving economics, gender, and the environment; and establishing international alliances.

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  • 13.Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity

    The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity seek to dismantle anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa through supporting visionary leaders who can challenge and advance ambitious and comprehensive solutions to racial inequality. The program will support the growth and development of a generation of leaders to advance racial equity through advocacy, research, communications and other interventions that change narratives, structures, systems, policies and practices. Annual cohorts of 25 fellows will participate in an 18-month nonresidential program that includes six week-long sessions in New York, Johannesburg, and other US and South African cities. Through the program, fellows will develop a deeper understanding of the history and conditions contributing to racial inequality. They will become more knowledgeable of cross-sector strategies for change and more skilled in leading transformative change. As a result, they will be better equipped to lead and implement interventions that ameliorate disparities and address the underlying causes of racial inequality.

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  • 14.Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

    The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity program will identify and prepare a pipeline and network of diverse, multidisciplinary, action- and results-oriented leaders working toward integrated, comprehensive solutions to historical and structural impediments and systems that underpin international inequalities. The fellowship, based at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics, is available in three fully funded tracks (10 residential fellows, 10 nonresidential fellows, and 10 visiting fellows) tailored to meet the time or financial needs of experienced professionals. All fellows will receive a combination of academic opportunities, dedicated mentors, attendance at conferences and workshops, and a lifelong alumni network.

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  • 15.Autoethnographies of a Pandemic from Brooklyn's Epicenter

    The Autoethnographies of a Pandemic Project supports student researchers from Brooklyn College to craft autoethnographies of their own and their family and community experiences, both in the months and years leading up to the pandemic and over the first six months of the Covid-19 outbreak.  There is a growing acknowledgement among researchers that the story of the Covid-19 pandemic is the story of inequality in the United States. New York City has been the epicenter of the pandemic and its unequal impacts. The day-to-day realities of the communities hit hardest by Covid-19—Black communities, immigrant communities, poor Americans, undocumented people—need to be much more clearly documented and understood. Autoethnographies of a Pandemic will provide a window into various experiences during the Covid-19 outbreak, documenting and preserving a series of histories capturing the impacts of this moment in New York City and its hardest-hit communities.  Principal Investigators Jeanne Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the author or coauthor of nine books and numerous articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements and the contemporary politics of race. Her widely acclaimed biography The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks won a 2014 NAACP Image Award and the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Her  recent book A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History won the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize in Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, The Nation, Slate, the Atlantic, Boston Review, Salon, the Intercept, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.   Dominick Braswell is a New York City–based activist. He received his BA in Africana studies, with departmental honors, from Brooklyn College in 2018. For the past two years, Braswell has served as a program administrator for the Mellon Transfer Student Research Program. He interned for a year with the SSRC’s President's Office. Braswell will begin a PhD program in African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst in fall 2020.

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  • 16.Beyond Disinformation: Authenticity and Trust in the Online World

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  • 17.Big Data and Historical Social Science

    While “big data” often connotes new opportunities for understanding the present, largely through the analysis of social media and search engine data, other newly available kinds of rich data sources create huge possibilities for reimagining the past. In recent years, millions of previously difficult-to-access documents and massive archival data structures have become widely available to scholars of human history and the general public.  The project on Big Data and Historical Social Science brings together researchers across a range of disciplines, methods, and research strategies to explore the intersection of classical historical and social science problems with big data. How can access to new kinds of historical data, and new capacities to manipulate and analyze them, allow scholars to address historical questions in new ways?  The first demonstration project of this group is entitled “Reclaiming Lost Data on American Racial Inequality: 1865-1940.” Participants in this project include economists, historians, political scientists, and sociologists from across the country. After several planning meetings, the scholars working on this project were awarded a grant through the Russell Sage Foundation initiative on Computational Social Science to create accessible, linked datasets that will help social scientists of all disciplines gain access to more accurate information about African American populations in United States history.  Current participants   Marcella Alsan (Stanford University), Audrey Augenbraum (Columbia University) Peter Bearman (Columbia University), Leah Boustan (Princeton University), Karida Brown (University of North Carolina), James Feigenbaum (Boston University), Megan Ming Francis (University of Washington), Trevon Logan (The Ohio State University) Mara Loveman (University of California, Berkeley), Christopher Muller (University of California, Berkeley), Suresh Naidu (Columbia University), Evan Roberts (University of Minnesota), Eric Schickler (University of California, Berkeley), Benjamin Schmidt (Northeastern University), and Vesla Weaver (Johns Hopkins University).

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  • 18.CEHI Web-Based Resources

    …[中文] The Resource Hub is an online, bilingual searchable database housing information about individuals and institutions working on environment and health issues in China, and relevant literature. Selected information on experience with environment and health issues overseas is also included. All information items are linked so that readers can easily trace information. Created in 2007, the Hub now includes over 3,500 items in English and Chinese. It provides a convenient way for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field to access the relevant literature and identify partners for collaboration.   The FORHEAD website includes not only information about network events but also special features introducing new research on particular environment and health issues from across the disciplines, relevant conceptual and methodological tools, and international experience. These materials offer a flexible resource for educational institutions, government agencies and NGOs, who can download packages of information tailored to their needs for trainings, outreach, or other activities. .

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  • 19.CPPF Activities: Africa

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  • 20.CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific

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  • 21.CPPF Activities: Europe/Caucasus/Middle East

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  • 22.CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • 23.CPPF Activities: Thematic

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  • 24.Capacity Strengthening for Field Research in Insecure Places

    The UVC will strengthen conflict research in insecure places and the ways that conflict is researched, while building local research capacity in these places through two distinct methods: Investing in building and strengthening inter-disciplinary, local research networks in conflict-affected countries, and developing an approach that engages local researchers in all stages of research, i.e., from research design, data collection, analysis of data, writing up, to publication and dissemination of results. By involving local researchers in all stages of our research agenda, we create shared ownership, increase researchers’ trust in their own capacities, and establish international partnerships that provide mutual benefits while we produce high-quality, evidence-based scholarship. Developing training modules on fieldwork and ethics methods in insecure places. Some of our partners have also pioneered remote research methods in making use of civil society, activities, media, and research networks; while others conduct data-driven analyses on conflicts and peace processes, building on recent advances in geographic information system (GIS) and other digital technology. The UVC aims to collate these experiences and innovations in conflict research methods, develop training modules, and provide methods trainings across its research networks and partners.

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  • 25.Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)

    Facilitating informal information sharing between the UN, diplomatic missions, and the NGO community.

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