The Corporation’s International Program (IP) comprises the International Peace and Security (IPS) program, the Higher Education and Research in Africa (HERA) program, and a special, cross-program initiative on Peacebuilding in Africa (PA) with the overall mission to promote and preserve a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world through the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. IP has two interrelated goals:

  • Reduce threats to international peace and security by seeking to generate and apply expert knowledge to address critical global challenges
  • Strengthen higher education and research in selected countries in Africa by seeking to enhance postgraduate training, research, and retention

These goals reflect the Corporation’s historical commitment to international peace and security, and to prosperity in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. They also speak to a founding vision of the critical role played by the nongovernmental sector in reducing global tensions and promoting positive change.


In an era marked by rapid global change and shifting domestic realities, the Corporation regularly revises its priorities within a general framework of longstanding grantmaking interests. As it adapts to unfolding developments, the Corporation remains committed to bringing independent, authoritative analysis to bear on policy relevant issues and seeking effective approaches to global problems.

The IPS program supports research and dissemination, deep interactions among U.S. and foreign expert communities, the fostering of future experts and leaders in its focus areas, and the strengthening of relevant institutions and their outreach capacity, with a specific focus on Nuclear Security, Global Dynamics, and Research and Policy.


New challenges from non-state actors and the spread of dual-use civilian nuclear technology pose nuclear risks that are different, but no less urgent, than those faced during the Cold War. Responding to these challenges, the Corporation seeks to: strengthen the capacity of international organizations to ensure the peaceful use of nuclear technology; support the Nuclear Security Summit process to secure all weapons-usable nuclear material; generate in-depth analysis on the implications of new technologies for strategic stability; and facilitate international efforts to limit nuclear proliferation, with an emphasis on North Korea and Iran.


Developments within major countries and regions, and the relationships between and among them are reshaping the post-Cold War international environment. Responding to these complex and interrelated challenges, the Corporation seeks to: asses the international peace and security implications of major global trends; generate in-depth analysis and build capacity on Russia and China; and promote policy relevant research and outreach on the Arab region.


Effective responses to global crises require new ideas and approaches that engage U.S. and international policymakers in creative ways. In advancing this objective in the international peace and security field, the Corporation seeks to: strengthen relevant non-governmental institutions; bridge the gap between scholarship and policy; and increase public knowledge and awareness.


After a decade of high growth, Africa is witnessing a narrative of optimism. But progress remains uneven and Africa’s institutions of higher learning are not fully meeting the challenge of expanding Africa’s potential as a knowledge-based, globally competitive economy. A key impediment remains a shortage of capacity on the continent to both train the next generation of specialists and bring local expertise to bear on the continent’s development. The HERA program seeks to: strengthen M.A. and Ph.D. programs in key universities in Ghana, South Africa, and Uganda; foster disciplinary networks and fellowships; and advance higher education leadership, policy, and governance in select countries in sub-Saharan Africa.


Efforts to promote sustainable peace remain an especially intractable challenge in Africa, where violent conflicts persist despite notable advances across the continent. Building on the recent push by African stakeholders to take the lead in addressing continental conflicts and their aftermath, the Corporation seeks to: strengthen the field of peacebuilding within Africa; connect African experts on peacebuilding to relevant international communities; and draw lessons from peacebuilding efforts in other regions of the world.