With the overall mission of promoting a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world through the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, the International Program (IP) aims to:
- Reduce threats to international peace and security by seeking to generate and apply expert knowledge to address critical challenges related to nuclear security, global power dynamics, and states in transition.
- Strengthen higher education and libraries in selected countries in Africa by seeking to enhance postgraduate training, research, and retention.
The dual goals attempt to respond to the contemporary and longer-term global challenges with initiatives that improve understanding of complex issues, generate policy-relevant ideas, and strengthen the capacities of individuals and institutions in the United States and abroad to deal with critical challenges. As American policy officials and the public are preoccupied with the state of domestic affairs, and the Administration reviews its national and foreign policy priorities, the Corporation’s historical ability to add value remains the generation, application, and dissemination of expert-based knowledge. Operating in the context of vast and interconnected problems, IP focuses on a subset of international issues.
International Peace and Security (IPS)
The ultimate goals of program investments are to develop effective options for managing friction, promoting global confidence, and strengthening the abilities of individuals and institutions to effect positive change. IPS work stems from a view that in-depth thinking about foreign and security issues often resides outside of governments where officials are busy tackling immediate problems and crises.
The objectives of the Corporation’s work on nuclear security are to:
- Reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the United States and other nations through analytical work that demonstrates the changing nature of the nuclear threat and identifies pathways to securely lock in nuclear reductions, build confidence, and pave the way to future progress.
- Strengthen nuclear governance by developing and promoting innovative approaches to tighten controls over weapons-usable nuclear material, improve governance of civilian nuclear activity, and minimize proliferation risks from the nuclear fuel cycle.
- Mitigate risks from North Korea and Iran by seeking diplomatic solutions to these long-standing regional disputes with a nuclear dimension.
As many decisions concerning nuclear weapons lie ahead, both in the United States and in other nuclear-armed countries, the Corporation supports work that provides independent analysis of policy options and sustains public and policy attention on nuclear risks while also helping to strengthen nuclear security expertise in the United States.
Dynamics of Global Power
Foreign policy experts with a wide range of specialties—from economics to military power to diplomacy—foresee sweeping fluctuation in global power during the 21st century. Threats such as weapons proliferation, state collapse, and terrorism are undermining world order at the same time that the balance of economic power seems to be shifting away from the West. How to address these shifts, while highlighting their effect on a subset of countries and regions, is at the core of the Corporation’s work on the dynamics of global power.
The objectives of this work are to:
- Assess the emergent geostrategic shifts by bringing independent expertise to bear on challenges that are affecting U.S. global leadership. Targeting a subset of foreign policy issues, the work primarily concerns U.S. relations with Russia and China. It also includes assessments of evolving relationships between and among regional and global powers.
- Bridge academia with policyby better aligning academic expertise with policy demands. While this is an old and thorny problem, it has become particularly acute at a time when major rethinking needs to take place about U.S. foreign policy priorities in an environment of budgetary constraints and shifting global dynamics.
IP works with influential independent institutions, including think tanks and university-based centers, to enable them to bring their knowledge and expertise to bear on public understanding of critical issues and on policy choices that are needed to address them.
States in Transition
The Corporation’s work on States in Transition incorporates elements of previous work on States at Risk and the Islam Initiative into a new set of refocused objectives:
- Strengthen peacebuilding in fragile states in Africa and elsewhere by bringing local context and knowledge to bear on promoting sustainable peace. . The Corporation’s work aims to cultivate in-countries expertise on peace, security, and development, and bring it to the attention of the international community and governments.
- Assess the transformation of the Arab region by promoting the inclusion of voices from the region in assessments about the region, fostering partnerships between U.S. research and academic institutions and their partners in the region, and stimulating local expertise on the challenges facing their societies.
- Assess the key developments in nuclear-armed Pakistanby supporting policy-relevant research and creating opportunities for U.S. engagement with Pakistan..
Higher Education and Libraries in Africa
The Higher Education and Libraries in Africa (HELA) subprogram seeks to strengthen postgraduate training in selected African universities and provide opportunities for individual scholars and scientists to excel. Interventions aim to enable the universities, over time, to build excellent research and training programs in targeted fields, support expansion of postdoctoral training, research and retention through academic networks and individual fellowships, and advance higher education reform by focusing on leadership and governance.
HELA’s overall objectives are to:
- Strengthen M.A. and Ph.D. programs in key universities in South Africa, Ghana, and Ugandaby supporting new and/or expanded training, research, and retention programs, and improving access to information and resources for postgraduate work.
- Foster disciplinary networks and fellowshipsby providing opportunities for African scientists and scholars across sub-Saharan Africa to excel in their academic careers and connect with the regional and global academic communities.
- Advance higher education leadership, policy, and governance in South Africa, Ghana, and Uganda by strengthening the analytical and advocacy capacities of the African organizations and individuals working to improve higher education policies and practices.