Global Analysis and Policy Research
Our Global Analysis and Policy Research program is our core program at the Met Society. The program is staffed by our skilled research fellows, who are divided among six research areas: four geographic and two topical. We produce policy memos examining the foreign policy issues at stake for the United States in these regions, analyses of the political systems and internal politics at play in those regions, and our recommendations on where US foreign policy should be looking for medium and long-term strategy.
We publish our research in a unique format, derived and developed from professional policy memos. Meet our fellows here, and inquire about joining the fellows program!
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SUEZ - Middle East & North Africa
- Suez is the name of our Middle East & North Africa research program. Covering everything from Morocco in the West to Iran in the East, the Suez program touches on some of the most volatile and complicated political geography anywhere in the world.
Ever since the Carter Doctrine was laid down in 1980, the US military and foreign policy commitment to the region has grown substantially, even as the overall stability of the region has degraded. We are re-examining and re-opening questions about the nature and objectives of American involvement
Gregory Brew, Fellow, SUEZ program
Gregory Brew is a PhD Candidate at Georgetown University studying the history of U.S. foreign relations with the Middle East and Iran, the political economy of oil and global energy. He also writes on contemporary issues of energy and geopolitics and is a regular contributor to OilPrice.com.
2026 - Western Hemisphere
- With the choice of name 2026, the Met Society looks both to the past and the future for Western Hemisphere relations. The name refers to the upcoming Bicentennial of one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken to increase intra-hemispheric cooperation: the 1826 Congress of Panama. And while Bolivar's 19th Century dream of a union of New World republics was never realized, either in his lifetime or after, we believe the time is ripe now in the 21st century to work towards substantially stronger and more robust ties and cooperation within the Western Hemisphere
Ed Ruge, Fellow, 2026 Program
Edmund Ruge is a candidate in International Economics at SAIS. He concentrates on political economy and intrastate and interstate security in South America, with a focus on Brazil. Prior to attending SAIS, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. He serves as Lead Fellow of the Met Society.
COMMODORE - Western Pacific
- The Western Pacific region, stretching Japan and the Korean Peninsula in the north to the Straits of Malacca in the south is framed at every latitude by the emerging 21st-Century contest between the United States and China. The Trade, Politics and Security relationships formed among the countries in the region, and between those countries and outside actors is impinged in some way by the Great Power politics of the US-China relationship. To that end, the Commodore program, named to evoke the commencement of American engagement with the region, seeks to develop a new body of interests for the US in the region and a robust framework for understanding the politics of the Chinese Communist Party, its conception of its interests, and their intersection with the US in the region.
Lauren Dickey, Fellow, COMMODORE Program
Lauren Dickey is a PhD candidate in War Studies at King’s College London and the National University of Singapore. Her doctoral research focuses on cross-Strait relations and Chinese strategy toward Taiwan under Xi Jinping. She also writes frequently on Chinese defense and foreign policy issues. Prior to starting her PhD, Lauren worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program
RUS' - Eastern Europe
- The Cold War may have ended in 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but the rivalry between the US and Russia has re-emerged in the last 2 years in a big way. And while this new Cold War that-dare-not-speak-its-name is waged even beyond Russia's immediate periphery in Eastern Europe, the Baltics and the Black Sea, our Eastern Europe program, Rus' focused on understanding the relationships in that region within that framing. For that, we are developing analyses and models of Russian political decision-making and foreign interests, to inform and enhance US strategies for dealing with Moscow and effectively advancing US interests in the Eastern Europe region.
Dimitry Filippov, Fellow, RUS' Program
Dmitry Filippov is a PhD candidate at the School of East Asian Studies, the University of Sheffield. His doctoral research focuses on Japanese politics and foreign relations, Russo-Japanese and Sino-Japanese relations. He is also published on Russian politics. His writing has appeared in outlets such as The Diplomat, East Asia Forum and The Conversation.
PALISADE - Climate Change & National Security
- The environmental, economic and technological impacts and effects of climate change are widely researched and discussed. But the effects of Climate Change also have significant impacts on US National security. Whether it is the consequences of sea level rise on the location of military bases or the catalytic effects of food shortages and extreme weather on refugee patterns and global conflict, climate change is a serious consideration for American national security. Our Palisade program examines these impacts, and charts ways forward for US policy to adapt to this changing climate
James Goudreau, Fellow, PALISADE Program
CAPT Jim Goudreau, SC, USN (Ret) has worked at the Pentagon on energy and climate resiliency. While attached to the Secretary of the Navy's staff and the Chief of Naval Operations' staff, he focused on applications of technology, partnerships and behavior change to reduce vulnerabilities globally across Navy and Marine Corps commands. He was responsible for crafting policy and developing partnerships with government, industry and academia in support of the Department of the Navy’s energy programs. He now leads strategy and policy on climate resilience at a top Pharmaceutical firm.
RICARDO - International Political Economy
- The United States has generally refrained from employing international commercial policy as many other countries have done, Germany notably in Europe and China and Japan in Asia. US embassies and consulates do not provide as many services for American companies abroad, and US trade policy has predominantly sought to advance broader ideas of a liberalized trade regime than the commercial and financial national interests of the US. But trade and economic policy can serve as a useful level of policy influence and international cooperation without many of the costs and risks of other policy prescriptions.
Nicholas Van Ness, Fellow, RICARDO Program
Nick Van Ness is specialist in Economic Policy at Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs, where he is completing his MPA. He has done past research on Privatization in Brazil, the CFA Franc Zone post adoption of the Euro and the Affordable Care Act, and will be focusing on Trade & IPE at the Met Society. Prior to SIPA, he spent seven years at JPMorgan.
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