Task Force

Task Forces consist of small groups of students, numbering between 12 and 20, who investigate a real-world policy issue and produce a final report and practical policy recommendations. These recommendations are then evaluated by a visiting outside expert – typically a serving or retired high-ranking U.S. diplomat, policymaker, NGO leader, or prominent think tank member. Below is a selection of previous Task Force reports.


Managing Afghanistan’s Mineral Wealth

Task Force 2015

Managing_Afghanistans_Mineral_Wealth

A wedding ceremony is easy, but the preparation is difficult.” –Afghan Proverb Overview The United States Geological Survey confirmed the existence of world-class mineral resources in Afghanistan. These mineral riches,

Rethinking US Military Bases in East Asia

Task Force 2015

Rethinking_US_Miliary_Bases

Our Initiatives: This Task Force challenges the sustainability of the current US military infrastructure in East Asia and its ability to respond to evolving regional security and interstate relations, such

Land and Livelihoods

Task Force 2015

Task Force Report - Land and Livelihoods

Oxfam America and Extractive Industries in Peru This Task Force provides practical and sustainable recommendations for Oxfam America, an international NGO engaged with the challenges of mining and extraction in

Managing Large Marine Reserves

Task Force 2015

Managing_Large_Scale_Marine_Reserves

The Ocean… covers three-quarters of the earth; hosts around half of all known species; provides livelihoods for over 250 million people;  supports the ancestral traditions of indigenous peoples; and feeds

Development Derailed

Task Force 2015

Development Derailed

U.S. Foreign Aid is a cost-effective and mutually-beneficial method that simultaneously improves global living standards and serves American interests. Today, distribution of aid is overly complex and inefficient, unable to

Putting the Arctic Back on the Map

Task Force 2016

Putting the Arctic Back on the Map

The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum that promotes cooperation in the Circumpolar North. A dynamic region, the Arctic experiences both the opportunities and difficulties associated with climate change.

Beyond the Boom

Task Force 2014

Task Force 2014 - Beyond the Boom

Abstract: The shale oil revolution of the early twenty-first century has placed the United States at one of its most pivotal points in recent history with regards to energy policy.

Managing Decline in a Turbulent World

Task Force 2014

Managing Decline in a Turbulent World

Abstract: The European Union is at a turning point in its approach vis-à-vis security and international relations. The 2003 European Security Strategy (ESS) laid out a vision for the EU