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 had two interrelated goals:

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

The 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.

International Peace and Security (IPS)

In light of the ever-changing global environment and domestic realities within the United States and abroad, the Corporation regularly revises its priorities within a general framework of longstanding grantmaking interests. Responding to challenges, the Corporation continues to bring independent, authoritative analysis to bear on policy relevant issues and to seek 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.

Nuclear Security

With new challenges posed by non-state actors and the spread of dual-use civilian nuclear technology, today’s nuclear risks are different than those faced during the Cold War, but no less urgent. Responding to existing and emergent challenges, the Corporation’s Nuclear Security program 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 disruptive technologies and their implications for strategic stability; and facilitate international efforts to limit nuclear proliferation, with an emphasis on North Korea and Iran.

Global Dynamics

Developments within major countries and the relationships between and among them are reshaping the international environment that has prevailed since the end of the Cold War. In response, the Corporation’s Global Dynamics program seeks to: asses the international peace and security implications of geostrategic shifts among China, Russia, the Arab region, and the United States; generate in-depth knowledge on Russia and China by supporting policy relevant research and outreach, and facilitating engagements between experts and former officials on international issues; strengthen the capacity of the next generation of Russia and China specialists in the United States by fostering collaborative research on global issues; and promote policy relevant research and outreach on the Arab region.

Research and Policy

Myriad global crises require new ideas and approaches that engage U.S. and international policymakers in creative ways. Responding to this challenge, the Corporation’s Research and Policy program seeks to: sustain and strengthen the capacity of leading think tanks and university-based centers working on a broad range of international peace and security issues; bridge the gap between scholars and policymakers to bring insights from academic research to policy and practice by supporting multidisciplinary research and networks; encourage greater appreciation for policy relevant scholarship and engagement within the academy; explore new models to enhance scholarly-policy interchange; and increase public knowledge and understanding of key international peace and security issues.

New Initiative

Carnegie Corporation is joining with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote new actors and innovative approaches in the field of peacebuilding. This Public-Private Partnership on Peacebuilding (the Px4 Initiative) will provide funding for one to three consortia projects involving a U.S., a Norwegian, and at least one Southern/Emerging Power partner. To learn more, read the request for proposals.

Higher Education and Research in Africa (HERA)

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 supports M.A. and Ph.D. programs in key universities, disciplinary networks and fellowships, and the advancement of higher education leadership, policy, and governance in select countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on Ghana, South Africa, and Uganda.

Peacebuilding in Africa (PA)

The majority of international peacebuilding efforts are based within the African continent, yet many struggle to build a resilient peace. Responding to this challenge and building on the recent push by African stakeholders to assume the lead responsibility in handling continental conflicts, the Corporation’s Peacebuilding in Africa program seeks to: support the building of the peacebuilding field by Africans, with Africans, and for Africans; create a network of dedicated research and training programs, and build capacity through fellowships and other efforts to create a vibrant community of experts; foster an increase in the quality and the quantity of research outputs, and facilitate their dissemination in Africa and beyond; connect African experts on peacebuilding to relevant international communities in both the Global North and South; and draw lessons from peacebuilding efforts in other regions of the world.