Policy engagement

Our faculty and students engage with policymakers and explore a variety of international policy topics in their respective research.


John Ciorciari

Examining U.S. policy options in Afghanistan

Over the past two years, WDC faculty and Ford students have engaged actively in policy discussions on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. In late 2019, WDC co-hosted a forum on defense and diplomacy in Afghanistan with the University of Virginia’s National Security Policy Center, involving scholars and policymakers in dialogue at the Meridian International Center in Washington. More recently, members of our team have written op-eds on the topic and given public talks in Washington and at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Michigan.

Japanese Foreign Policy and the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” Concept

The Courteous Power

Since 2018, we have held a series of workshops and conferences on international policy issues in Asia. These include conferences on U.S.-Japan economic relations and on the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” concept. As part of a project funded by the Japan Foundation, we also engaged with Japanese officials and think tank experts in the preparation of a new edited volume by our director, John Ciorciari, and Stanford professor Kiyo Tsutsui entitled The Courteous Power: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era (University of Michigan Press, fall 2021).


Amb. Susan D. Page comments on Biden's first foreign policy speech

After President Biden gave his first major foreign policy speech on Thursday, which focused on repairing America's image across the globe and issues ranging from Yemen and China to global efforts to tackle climate change, Professor Susan D. Page...
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The Effects of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Gender-Based Violence Incidences in Latin America

Winter 2021