Monday, 26 September 2011

Think Tanks

Think tanks from all around the world, focused on international affairs, security and defence, global policies etc. The Foreign Policy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. The Foreign Policy Centre is the UK's most prominent independent progressive foreign affairs think tank. Launched in 1998 and founded by the then Foreign Secretary, the late Rt Hon Robin Cook, with the former British Prime Minister Rt Hon Tony Blair as patron, the mission of the Centre is to develop a vision of a fair and rule-based world order. The Cicero Foundation is an independent Dutch nonprofit organisation and think tank whose aim it is to provide a broad, global forum to discuss issues that are of central importance to European integration. The Council was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1914 to work toward the ideal of world peace, and today it aspires to be the "voice for ethics" in international affairs. The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) is the world’s leading open access information service for international relations and security professionals. International affairs and U.S. foreign policy British American Security Information Council - BASIC is a small but influential think tank with one very large idea: we want a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons. Promoting a U.S. foreign policy based on international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for human rights . The Center for International Policy was founded in 1975, in the wake of the Vietnam War, by former diplomats and peace activists. The Center for Security Policy was founded in 1988 and has worked to great effect since then in the establishment of successful national security policies through the use of all elements of national power – diplomatic, informational, military, and economic strength. The Federation of American Scientists is dedicated to providing rigorous, objective, evidence-based analysis and practical policy recommendations on national and international security issues connected to applied science and technology. FAS Strategic Security Blog - Comments and analyses of important national and international security issues. Congressional Research Service Reports on Foreign Policy and Regional Affairs The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) is a non-profit, non-partisan institution dedicated to informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security. Graduate-level research and educational program based at the Center for International Studies at MIT. Papers and journal. Council on Foreign Relations Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provides strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading authority on political-military conflict. The Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute - factual and comprehensive policy analysis to promote understanding of Canada’s foreign affairs and aid policies and the state of Canadian military preparedness. Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is an independent research institution for international studies, financed primarily by the Danish state. We carry out research and analysis on a wide range of issues within the areas of globalisation, security and development. American Enterprise Institute: Foreign and Defense Policy Studies The Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution seeks to analyze global events and their impact on the United States, and suggest policies suited for the post-Cold War world. Chicago Council on Global Affairs provides members, specialized groups and the general public with a forum for the consideration of significant international issues and their bearing on American foreign policy. Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF) is a “Think Tank Without Walls” which provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives. Organization dedicated to the study of European-U.S. relations. The Hoover Institution is a public policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. The National Institute for Public Policy devotes its agenda to assessing U.S. foreign and defense polices in the post-Cold War environment. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) studies the history of U.S. diplomacy, foreign relations, and national security, and publishes a journal, Diplomatic History. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is the only postgraduate academic institution in the UK devoted to the study of the Commonwealth.  Belgian Royal Institute for International Relations – Briefs, journal, and Egmont Papers. Foreign Policy Research Institute Since its founding in 1961-1962, the Atlantic Council has been a preeminent, non partisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security. Foreign Policy and National Security research program at the Cato Institute, USA. Cato's foreign policy vision is guided by the idea of our national defense and security strategy being appropriate for a constitutional republic, not an empire. Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University  Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Through research and publications, workshops and conferences, the GCSP provides an internationally recognised forum for dialogue on key security and peace policy issues in the interest of effective security policy decision-making. The Institute for Security and Development Policy is dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs, particularly the interrelationship between the issue areas of conflict, security and development. The Institute’s primary areas of geographic focus are Asia and Europe’s neighbourhood. The Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael is a knowledge institute for international relations. Clingendael's Diplomatic Studies Programme (CDSP). Four different serialized CDSP publications are: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, the Diplomatic Studies book series with Brill Academic Publishers, the Clingendael Diplomacy Papers, and the Discussion Papers in Diplomacy.  Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS), York University, Canada. EU-Russia Centre is the leading independent information and expertise resource for anyone interested in modern Russia, its democratic status and the future of EU-Russia relations. American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) - dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assisting world leaders with building democracies and market economies The American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) was formed in 1958, and it was originally known as the Institute for American Strategy. For almost 50 years the Foundation has focused on a wide range of educational programs which address critical challenges to U.S. foreign policy, national security and the global economy. FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives. It is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies. The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis is an independent, nonpartisan research organization specializing in national security, foreign policy, and defense planning issues. We are an independent, non-partisan think-tank looking at foreign policy from a UK perspective. The Aspen Institute The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) promotes a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through education, conflict resolution training and communication. James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. European Council on Foreign Relations The French Institute for International Relations The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs carries out research and disseminates findings on global power relations, security policy, development issues, international economics and Norwegian foreign policy. The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), now celebrating its 50th anniversary, is a private, nonpartisan policy think-tank focused on foreign and security policy issues. The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs is an independent non-government organisation which seeks to promote discussion and understanding of international issues that affect New Zealand. The Lowy Institute is an independent international policy think tank. Its objective is to generate new ideas and dialogue on international developments and Australia’s role in the world. South African Institute of International Affairs. The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is an independent organization dedicated to the research, analysis and discussion of regional and international issues. Gold Mercury International is a think tank specializing in Global Governance and Ethical Leadership. The Henry Jackson Society: Project for Democratic Geopolitics is a cross-partisan, British-based think-tank. Our founders and supporters are united by a common interest in fostering a strong British and European commitment towards freedom, liberty, constitutional democracy, human rights, governmental and institutional reform and a robust foreign, security and defence policy and transatlantic alliance. The Mountbatten Centre for International Studies (MCIS) explores significant trends in international security. The Geopolitical and Conflict Report is an independent think tank which concentrates on international politics and security policy The Center for Defense Information (CDI) provides expert analysis on various components of U.S. national security, international security and defense policy. The Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Maryland. CIDCM seeks to prevent and transform conflict, to understand the interplay between conflict and development, and to help societies create sustainable futures for themselves. The Conflict Research Unit (CRU) conducts research on the nexus between security and development with a special focus on integrated/ comprehensive approaches on conflict prevention, stabilisation and reconstruction in fragile and conflict-affected situations. The Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Finland, conducts peace research and offers courses in peace and conflict studies. A leader in the conflict assessment and early warning field, the Fund for Peace focuses on the problems of weak and failing states. Our objective is to create practical tools and approaches for conflict mitigation that are useful to decision-makers. The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is an international research institute dedicated to building a greater understanding of the key drivers and measures of peace. The Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. Founded in 1996, the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is the leading academic institute for counter-terrorism in the world. International Conflict Research Institute - aims to influence policymakers and practitioners involved in peace, conflict and reconciliation issues while enhancing the nature of international conflict research. The Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies aims to expand airpower thinking and increase public awareness of the need for this unique military instrument. SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) — an autonomous institute within the United Nations — conducts research on disarmament and security with the aim of assisting the international community in their disarmament thinking, decisions and efforts. Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK) was founded in 1991 to continue the work of the research project COSIMO (Conflict Simulation Model). Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) is one of Europe’s leading research institutes in the areas of defence and security. EU Institute for Security Studies researches security issues of relevance for the EU and provides a forum for debate. In its capacity as an EU agency, it also offers analyses and forecasting to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.  The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. The Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is an independent, nonprofit public policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking and debate about national security strategy, defense planning and military investment options for the 21st century. The Oxford Research Group is a leading independent think-tank that has been influential for 30 years in pioneering the idea of sustainable approaches to security as an alternative to violent global confrontation. The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) explores issues related to all facets of peace and conflict. Project on Defense Alternatives.  Intends to be an important platform for promoting a better understanding of the real threats to global security in the 21st century and the policies that should be implemented to address those threats at their root cause. first defence is a policy group of practical thinkers working to keep UK national defence and security high on the political agenda. The Institute for Conflict Research is an independent research organisation, which specialises in working on issues related to conflict, human rights, social transformation and social justice. The Legatum Institute is an independent non-partisan organisation based in London. We stand for growth and good governance. Our research, publications, and programmes advance ideas and policies in support of free and prosperous societies around the world. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) is an independent think tank working with leaders in government, business, media and academia to develop multi-country responses to the major security and socio-economic challenges of our time and to enhance Europe’s capacity to act effectively in the global arena. Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (Oxford) - The overall aim of CRISE is to investigate relationships between ethnicity, inequality and conflict, with the aim of identifying economic, political, social and cultural policies which promote stable and inclusive multiethnic societies. Focuses on international water conflicts and negotiations. The International Boundaries Research Unit works to minimise conflict associated with international boundaries on land and at sea around the world. The objective of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) - transatlantic relations, intelligence studies and terrorism, European integration, international security, Balkan and Mediterranean studies, Russian foreign policy as well as policy making on national and international markets. The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), at King’s College London NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Europe's postgraduate and postdoctoral research institute for Economics, History, Law, Political and Social Sciences.  The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is at the centre of a global network of independent partners in both the public and private sectors, whose collective mission is to enhance the process of international and interregional human interaction by improving the very fabric of social relations. International Security Information Service Europe facilitates parliamentary and inter-institutional dialogue with all stakeholders and provides policy input to strengthen common approaches to conflict prevention, crisis management, peace building, arms control and disarmament. The Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) Program is a non-profit group of scholars and practitioners that encourages and organizes research on a broad spectrum of topics related to international negotiation seen as a process. Center for Global Development - Independent research and practical ideas for global prosperity. The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. The Institute for Policy Studies is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power. IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK’s leading progressive thinktank. We produce rigorous research and innovative policy ideas for a fair, democratic and sustainable world. New America Foundation The Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University is concerned with the major questions in global politics: power, conflict, ethics, security and political participation. Peace Studies at Bradford University. IPN educates opinion formers around the world about market solutions to public policy problems, especially those of a global nature. Hudson Institute is a nonpartisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom. Leading international centre-left thinktank and network. - International Centre for Black Sea Studies  Institute of international relations and economic cooperation (irice) is an institution dedicated to promote international relation and to develop the relations between Romania and the world. Through its studies and research activities, IRSEA (The Romanian Institute for European – Asian Studies) wishes to contribute to better understanding and cooperation between people in Europe and Asia, cultivating and promoting asian cultural values in European countries and european values in Asia. Institute for globalization and social movements (IGSO), a Russian think tank. American Enterprise Institute is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. The Centre for European Reform is a think-tank devoted to making the European Union work better and strengthening its role in the world. The Crisis States Research Centre (CSRC) is an LSE-based leading centre of interdisciplinary research into processes of war, state collapse and reconstruction in fragile states. Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs. The LSE European Institute, established to understand better the causes and processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. Council for European Studies at Columbia University The European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) is a Brussels-based Think Tank and Policy Research Centre, which aims to promote understanding between the EU and Asia. The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a postdoctoral research centre based in Leiden and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. IIAS objective is to encourage the multi-disciplinary and comparative study of Asia and to promote national and international cooperation. Its research focus is on urbanisation, heritage and globalisation, but IIAS is always open to new ideas for other important research topics. The Europe-Asia Policy Forum (EUforAsia) has been set up to improve Europe's understanding of Asia and to provide a growing rapport between the two regions. It is based on an extensive academic network of institutes, universities and think tanks in both Europe and Asia. The Asian Borderlands Research Network has been developed with the intention of focusing particularly on the border regions between South Asia, Central/East and Southeast Asia, where the prevailing notions of area studies have been particularly limiting. The Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) is an independent, non-profit research centre devoted to the study of the region around Pakistan: South Asia, Southwest Asia (Iran, Afghanistan and the Gulf), China, Central Asia as well as the Indian Ocean region. It also studies and analyses policies of major power centers towards South Asia. The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad is an autonomous non-profit research organization devoted to provide an in-depth understanding and objective analyses of regional and global strategic issues, affecting international peace and security. IPRI is a research institute dedicated to undertaking analyses and evaluations of important national and international politico-strategic issues and developments affecting Pakistan, South Asia, and the world affairs. The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta is an independent, non-profit organisation focusing on policy-oriented studies on domestic and international issues. In the area of foreign policy CSIS research is complemented and strengthened by its relations with an extensive network of research, academic, and other organizations worldwide. The Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia’s premier think-tank, is engaged in objective and independent policy research on: Defence, Security and Foreign Affairs; National and International Economic Affairs; Nation-Building; Technology, Innovation, Environment and Sustainability; International Understanding and Cooperation. The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) is a Malaysia's leading independent private Think Tank which is committed to the development of Asian leadership and strategic thinking. S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) - Since its establishment, the School has acquired the reputation as a leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia Pacific region. RSIS will bring IDSS and NTU to the next level besides enhancing Singapore’s standing as a regional and international hub for higher education and research. The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies is a regional research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment. China Maritime Studies Institute, US Naval War College. Publishes the “China Maritime Studies”. The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) is an Indian think-tank dedicated to objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security. The Institute for International Policy Studies is a non-profit, independent research institute based in Tokyo that examines security, economic, political, environmental, and other concerns in the world with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. The North-South Institute provides research and analysis on foreign policy and international development issues for policy-makers, educators, business, the media and the general public. The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security. The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy has been established by the The Australian National University to foster high-level education, research and dialogue with respect to transnational diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. Council on Hemispheric Affairs promotes better relationships between the nations of North and South America and encourages the development and adoption of constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America.   Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information The Middle East Policy Council was founded in 1981 to expand public discussion and understanding of issues affecting U.S. policy in the Middle East. The Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies seeks to contribute to the advancement of Middle East peace and security by conducting policy-relevant research on strategic subjects. Council on American-Islamic Relations Council for Peace and Security – Association of National Security experts in Israel The Gulf Research Center (GRC) is an independent Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-based research institute. Policy research and education, located in Jerusalem and focusing on Israeli foreign affairs, security issues, Middle Eastern diplomacy, and international law. The oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East.  An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples. Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS), an Egyptian think-tank. The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) was established in 1984 as an academic unit of the University of Jordan concerned mainly with research in the fields of regional conflicts, international relations and security. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Center for Nonproliferation Studies - The world's largest non-governmental organization devoted to combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy has been working since 1995 to promote effective approaches to international security, disarmament and arms control. The Belfer Center is the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. The Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies (CPDS) was created in 1993 to design and conduct programmes of professional, political and international studies, originally for officials and elected politicians from states developing the institutions of democracy and good governance. Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University is one of the nation’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations.  

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