• 76.Migration and Cuba

    The Council is working with the migration centers of the University of Havana to assess the current state of research on migration in Cuba and to put forth agendas for research during the coming years. Central to this project will be facilitating, in modest ways, the incorporation of Cuban specialists into the international professional networks from which they have long been excluded while attracting the interest of foreign institutions and individuals to work in Cuba for the first time. Another core objective is strengthening the capacity of Cuban institutions to collaborate with one another.

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  • 77.Migration and Development Within and Across Borders: Research and Policy Perspectives on Internal and International Migration

    In order to improve understandings of the similarities, differences, and connections between internal and international migration and their impacts on development, scholars and practitioners expert on these issues within Asia, Latin America, Africa, and North America convened in November 2005 in New York City.  This path breaking collection of selected and revised essays was first published by the International Organization on Migration, which has generously agreed to our making them available here as well as at the IOM website (http://www.iom.int). This project was supported by the International Organization on Migration, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Center on Migration and Policy and Society. To download the individual chapters or the book in its entirety, go to: Across Borders Online Forum.

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  • 78.Migration and Education

    Migrants and their children now constitute more than half of the student body in many urban schools and post-secondary educational institutions in Canada, Europe, and the United States--a situation that challenges traditional approaches to preparing young people for employment and citizenship. The SSRC's Migration Program has initiated and collaborated in several major studies of the educational needs of immigrant and second generation students, along with institutional responses to those needs. Our activities have included convening working groups of experts from various backgrounds to review existing research and make recommendations; giving out fellowships to support further study; and producing edited volumes, journal articles, and other scholarly publications.

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  • 79.Migration and Religion

    Because the study of migration and the study of religion have developed separately, we know very little about their interrelationships. The SSRC Migration Program brings together scholars from both fields to explore how religion and settlement in new societies have affected the lives of migrants, both historically and in the present, both in the United States and in other parts of the world.

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  • 80.Migration and Security

    In the wake of September 11, 2001, the SSRC Migration Program convened a consultative committee on rethinking the challenges of migration and security. The committee organized a series of dialogues between representatives of U.S. government law enforcement agencies and of Muslim religious and community leaders to identify best practices for collaboration in insuring national security and civil rights. A June 2008 conference in London compared American practices with those in Great Britain, France, and Germany. Each meeting produced a report aimed at improving law enforcement-community relations.

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  • 81.NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

    The NGO Working Group’s mission is to collaborate with the United Nations, its Member States and civil society towards full implementation of SCR 1325 and all other Security Council resolutions that address women, peace and security, including ensuring the equal and full participation of women in issues relating to peace and security. Using SCR 1325 as our guiding instrument, the NGO Working Group promotes a gender perspective and respect for human rights in all peace and security, conflict prevention and management and peacebuilding initiatives of the United Nations. The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, via its strategic positioning in New York at United Nations headquarters, plays an important global role in monitoring policy and practice on women, peace and security. Together with its growing network of gender and security experts, the coalition has built a constituency of women, peace and security advocates among UN Member States, high-level UN decision makers, and civil society working on peacebuilding initiatives at the national and local levels. For more information, visit: www.womenpeacesecurity.org.

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  • 82.Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa

    Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development.

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  • 83.Next Generation Social Sciences: How and Where We Work

    The Next Generation Social Sciences program model responds to an emerging dilemma within higher education in the global South caused by the extraordinary emphasis on increasing undergraduate enrollment without proportionate investment in faculty development—a situation that erodes the ability of universities to produce the next generation of researchers, leaders, and practitioners. The program operates to strengthen tertiary education by creating a pipeline for the development of faculty members and research communities. For more information about the Next Generation Social Sciences model and an introduction to our Africa fellows and their work, please visit http://nextgen.ssrc.org/.

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  • 84.Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project

    Contributing to conflict resolution in Northeast Asia.

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  • 85.Parameters

    Parameters is an online forum from the Council’s Digital Culture program, meant to address a complex, persistent question at the heart of social science research: how does (and, ultimately, should) the production and distribution of knowledge change under digital conditions? Parameters is intended to showcase wide-ranging, even conflicting perspectives on this issue, amplifying voices of scholars and researchers, teachers and publishers, librarians and archivists, as they reflect on how their work changes—and doesn’t change—even as the modes through which knowledge is collected, shared, analyzed, and interpreted continue to be informed and influenced by computational methods, platforms, and tools. The forum consists of writing coming out of our working groups, as well as solicited pieces and responses from a wide range of important voices in the social sciences. Visit Parameters at parameters.ssrc.org.

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  • 86.Policy Outreach

    The UVC Initiative will seek to inform the broader policy community through a network of direct relationships with leading policymakers at the UN, EU, AU and within the government of the United Kingdom. Longer research outputs will translated into more digestible policy notes for policy audiences and the UVC will also brief policymakers on findings and conclusions. It will also capitalize on existing platforms convened by Director Carayannis, such as the Central African Policy Forum (CAPF) and DRC Affinity Group to expand the audience for the UVC, and develop stronger partnerships with key global policymakers. The CAPF is a regular gathering of NGOs, diplomatic missions, UN agencies and departments, and academics in New York to explore policy options for building sustainable peace in the Great Lakes and neighboring states in Central Africa, while the DRC Affinity Group is a network of leading Congo scholars tasked to study the failures of two decades of international interventions aimed to end the conflict in DRC, and provide policy advice to EU, US, UN, and AU policymakers. At a broader level, the UVC will seek to impact policy locally and use research to empower local partners to seek out change in their communities, and identify the networks that must be engaged to improve their day-to-day experiences.

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  • 87.Producing Knowledge on World Regions

    Despite broad consensus among higher education leaders that US universities are undergoing a process of "globalization," there is little agreement about just what globalization means, what propels it, or what intellectual, political, and ethical consequences it will bring for American higher education. The Council’s project Producing Knowledge on World Regions seeks to develop an intellectual framework and a social science agenda for assessing the globalization of higher education as well as the relationships between American universities, specific world regions, and an increasingly interconnected global higher education universe. The project is based on findings that continue to emerge from a large-scale comparative ethnography of area studies centers funded by the US Department of Education (2004–2010) examining how American universities in general, and federally funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) in particular, organize research and instruction on several adjacent world regions: the Middle East, Russia/Eurasia, and South Asia. The first phase of the project focused primarily on Middle East studies centers on US campuses, with a special focus on the role of these centers in promoting interdisciplinarity and internationalization in the field. A report on phase 1 can be found here. The project's second phase focused on NRCs for the Middle East, Russia/Eurasia, and South Asia in order to capture interconnections and geographies that fall between area studies definitions (including Central Asia, the Persian Gulf region, and the Indian Ocean). Complementing other InterAsia Program activities, this project engages with a number of pressing international education issues, including how universities carry out initiatives of internationalization and globalization, the place of the study of the international (as international studies, area studies, or interdisciplinary comparative work) within these schemes, and how universities, as organizations, grapple with the complexity of a world in which state borders are increasingly porous.

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  • 88.Religion and the Public Sphere

    Advancing and mobilizing new knowledge about religion, secularism, and public life.

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  • 89.Root Causes of Polarization

    Today in the United States and elsewhere we see the troubling effects of increasingly polarized political discourse: increased gridlock within government, the politicization and fragmentation of economic and social life, and the suppression of the spread of information and mutual learning across ideological lines. The causes and effects of polarization are too complex to be studied within the confines of a single discipline, and its exploration therefore requires participation and collaboration from scholars in many different fields. This working group links researchers in cognitive neuroscience; behavioral economics; social, evolutionary, cognitive, and moral psychology; sociology; communication sciences; anthropology; evolutionary sciences; political science; and philosophy. The group’s leaders—Michael Gazzaniga, a University of California, Santa Barbara, neuropsychologist, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, a philosopher at Duke—have been designing a series of workshops during this and next academic year. They then seek to move toward a larger coordinated research effort to be conducted, should the quest for research funds succeed, focused on key interlocking areas of inquiry. .

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  • 90.Scholarly Borderlands

    Shaping the craft of social science by facilitating collaboration and innovation across disciplines.

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  • 91.Sexual Violence and Exploitation: Assessment, Monitoring and Reporting

    On behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the SSRC organized and hosted a Technical Consultation on Sexual Violence and Exploitation in Conflict Situations on December 15-16, 2005. The Consultation convened a wide range of experts, including scholars and practitioners across the fields of public health, human rights, demography, epidemiology, political science, statistics, and conflict resolution. The goal was to assess the potential and propose first steps for designing and piloting a standardized system for the assessment, monitoring, and reporting of sexual violence and exploitation in conflict situations. .

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  • 92.Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network

    Supporting diversity in STEM through professional development, mentoring, networking, & leadership training.

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  • 93.Tale of Two Recoveries

    Impact of the US Housing Crisis on the Racial Wealth Gap Across Generations.

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  • 94.The China-Africa Knowledge Project

    Strengthening cross-regional research networks and collaboration.

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  • 95.The China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub

    The China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub is a one-stop shop for researchers and practitioners working on the China-Africa relationship. As the primary platform for the work of the Social Science Research Council’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, this site actively builds generative connections between scholars across disciplines and regions while organizing a growing and fragmented body of knowledge and connecting it to important trends in the social sciences relevant for understanding Africa’s new international relations.  As host to the Chinese in Africa / Africans in China Research Network, it widens the reach of existing cross-regional communities of knowledge. For more information and updates about the China-Africa Knowledge Project, visit china-africa.ssrc.org.

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  • 96.The China-Africa Working Group

    Strengthening cross-regional research networks and collaboration.

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  • 97.The Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network (CA/AC Research Network)

    Strengthening cross-regional research networks and collaboration.

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  • 98.The DR Congo Affinity Group

    Established on 1 November 2012, the Affinity Group on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a network of leading scholars and researchers working on the DRC who are deeply familiar with the context of the current challenges facing the country after two decades of war, and who can provide long-term analysis and recommendations to help inform international engagement in the region. This “brain trust” on the DRC provides analysis of the crises facing the DRC and situates these challenges in a long-term view of the political, social, and security trends in the country and the region. Where necessary, the Affinity Group identifies gaps in existing evidence and knowledge and undertakes the necessary research to fill the knowledge gaps identified by its analysis. As with the landmark Ford Foundation Study Group on South Africa in the 1980s, and the short-lived UN Secretary-General's Resource Group on the DRC established in 1998 at the start of the Second Congo War, the Affinity Group on the DRC seeks to keep its analysis and research firmly distinct from advocacy efforts, yet remains flexible to respond to and help inform policy processes. DRC Affinity Group members: Download DR Congo Affinitiy Group Member Biographies [.pdf] Tatiana Carayannis (Project Director) Social Science Research Council Federico Borello Center for Civilians in Conflict Mvemba Dizolele Johns Hopkins University Jean-Marie Guéhenno International Crisis Group  Fabienne Hara Sciences-Po, Paris School of International Affairs Pascal Kambale Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Michel Noureddine Kassa Initiative for a Cohesive Leadership in the DRC Jason Stearns Center on International Cooperation  Jean Omasombo Tshonda The Royal Museum for Central Africa at Tervuren and University of Kinshasa Anneke Van Woudenberg Human Rights Watch Koen Vlassenroot University of Ghent Herbert Weiss The City University of New York.

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  • 99.The Drug Research Papers

    Disseminating research on drug policy.

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  • 100.The Fourth Wave: Violence, Gender, Culture & HIV in the 21st Century

    UNESCO commissioned the SSRC'S HIV/AIDS Program in 2006 to assess the social science, public health, and public policy literature dealing with the sociocultural and gender dimensions of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Following the publication of an in-depth literature review, the SSRC and UNESCO invited more than twenty senior scholars, policy makers, and practitioners from around the world to contribute to an edited volume about the failure of policies and programs to respond to the growing feminization of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. The volume, co-edited by SSRC Senior Adviser Jennifer Klot and medical anthropologist Vinh-Kim Nguyen,The Fourth Wave: Violence, Gender, Culture & HIV in the 21st Century will be co-published by the SSRC and UNESCO in 2009. Working papers and an interactive essay forum will be launched in summer 2009. .

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