Foreign Policy

Our Centers, Projects and Initiatives

Brookings Doha Center Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative
Brookings India Center Brookings Intelligence Project
Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement
Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence Energy Security Initiative
Center for East Asia Policy Studies The India Project
Center on the United States and Europe Latin America Initiative
John L. Thornton China Center Project on International Order and Strategy
Saban Center for Middle East Policy The Turkey Project
U.S. Relations with the Islamic World

Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative

Few problems pose greater challenges to U.S. national security than controlling, reducing and countering the proliferation of nuclear arms. The Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative brings the Institution’s multidisciplinary strengths to bear on the critical challenges of arms control and non-proliferation. Housed in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, the initiative addresses global arms control and proliferation challenges as well as the central negotiations between the United States and Russia.
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Brookings Intelligence Project

The Brookings Intelligence Project examines the nexus between policymaking and intelligence, a perspective that makes it unique among other major intelligence research programs. Located within the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, the Project focuses on five core topics: the role of intelligence in policymaking, setting intelligence priorities, covert action, intelligence liaison relationships and the role of intelligence in counter terrorism.
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Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

The Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement promotes more effective national, regional and international responses to the global problem of people displaced by natural disasters and armed conflict. The Project supports the efforts of the U.N. special rapporteur of the secretary-general on the human rights of internally displaced persons, and hosts seminars and symposia on various issues related to internal displacement.
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Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence

The Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence (21CSI) was created to address the key issues that will shape security policy over the coming decades. The Center seeks to answer the critical questions emerging in defense, cybersecurity, arms control and intelligence in an all-encompassing manner, seeking not just to explore important new policy challenges, but also how they cross traditional fields and domains.
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Energy Security Initiative

Foreign Policy at Brookings oversees a Brookings-wide effort entitled the Energy Security Initiative. This project produces insights into the critical role of energy security within U.S. public and private sector decision making. Energy Security Initiative research and analysis have contributed to Congressional testimony and to discussions within executive branch offices and agencies, the media and all levels of public and private sector entities within Washington, D.C. and beyond.
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Center for East Asia Policy Studies

Established in 1998, the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP) conducts research, analysis and outreach designed to enhance policy development and understanding on the pressing political, economic and security issues facing the East Asia region of the world. CEAP sponsors up to six visiting fellows from the region each year that spend up to 10 months at Brookings conducting research, interacting with U.S. policymakers and actively participating in a rich program of seminars, roundtables and discussions organized by the Center.
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The India Project

The India Project at Brookings leverages the Institution’s multidisciplinary expertise to examine critical policy challenges and opportunities related to India, as well as U.S.-India relations. The Project is one of two components of the Brookings India Initiative. The other component is Brookings India in New Delhi, India. The Initiative has the twin goals of providing policymaking communities in the U.S. and India with independent policy research and raising the profile and understanding of Indian policy issues in Washington.
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Center on the United States and Europe

The Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) fosters high-level U.S.-European dialogue on the changes in Europe and the global challenges that affect transatlantic relations. The Center offers independent research and recommendations for U.S. and European officials and policymakers, and it convenes seminars and public forums on policy-relevant issues. CUSE’s research program focuses on three key areas: the transformation of the European Union; strategies for engaging the countries and regions beyond the frontiers of the EU, including the Balkans, Caucasus, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine; and European security issues such as the future of NATO, forging common strategies on energy security and transatlantic counterterrorism coordination. The Center also houses the Turkey Project, as well as the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative.
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Latin America Initiative

Founded in 2008, the Latin America Initiative is based in Brookings’ Foreign Policy Program and focuses on providing high quality, in-depth research and policy recommendations on the most critical political, economic and social policy issues facing the region. Building upon the core strengths of Brookings authoritative, independent and nonpartisan research; depth of practical expertise; and unparalleled convening power—the Latin America Initiative provides original thinking and analysis to U.S. Latin American and Caribbean policymakers and civil society.
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John L. Thornton China Center

The John L. Thornton China Center provides cutting-edge research, analysis, dialogue and publications that focus on China's emergence and the implications of this for the United States, China's neighbors and the rest of the world. Scholars at the China Center address a wide range of critical issues related to China's modernization, including China’s foreign, economic and trade policies and its domestic challenges. In 2006 the Brookings Institution also launched the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, a partnership between Brookings and China’s Tsinghua University in Beijing that seeks to produce high quality and high impact policy research in areas of fundamental importance for China’s development and for U.S.-China relations.
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Project on International Order and Strategy

The Project on International Order and Strategy (IOS) addresses the burgeoning debate in the United States on the future of power, the international order and U.S. strategy. This is being driven by numerous factors including: the rise of new great powers; the diffusion of military and political power; economic difficulties in the Western order; challenges to the regional order in the Middle East; and the reemergence of territorial disputes in Asia. These challenges to the order, and threats to state and human security, are evolving rapidly, while the United States is grappling with new constraints—as well as new opportunities. IOS will examine these developments in their totality and not just as individual issues, and assess the implications for U.S. strategy.
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Saban Center for Middle East Policy

Founded in 2002, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy brings together the most experienced policy minds working on the region, and provides policymakers and the public with objective, in-depth and timely research and analysis.. The Saban Center’s projects and initiatives focus on foreign policy issues facing the United States and international decision makers in Israel, the Gulf region and the Arab and Islamic worlds. The Center is home to the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World and the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar.
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The Turkey Project

Given Turkey’s geopolitical, historical and cultural significance, and the high stakes posed by the foreign policy and domestic issues it faces, Brookings launched the Turkey Project in 2004 to foster informed public consideration, high‐level private debate and policy recommendations focusing on developments in Turkey. In this context, Brookings has collaborated with the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) to institute a U.S.-Turkey Forum at Brookings. The Turkey Project, housed within the Center on the United States and Europe, also produces a range of policy-relevant publications to encourage independent thinking and debate on how the United States should engage this pivotal country.
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U.S. Relations with the Islamic World

The Saban Center’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World conducts policy research and hosts events that focus on the major issues confronting the United States and Muslim-majority states. Together with the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, the Project convenes public forums, carries out research and issues publications designed to educate, foster frank dialogue and build positive partnerships among U.S. and Islamic communities. Each year, the Project holds the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a major international conference that brings together leaders from the fields of politics, business, civil society, the media and academia for discussion and debate.
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Brookings Goes Global

In 2006, 2007 and 2013, Foreign Policy at Brookings expanded its reach and impact by opening three new international centers in Beijing, China; Doha, Qatar and New Delhi, India. The Brookings-Tsinghua Center, the Brookings Doha Center and the Brookings India Center bring the same high level of research, policy analysis, and programs to three important regions of the world.

Brookings Doha Center

Opening in October 2007, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an initiative of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and is sponsored by the Government of Qatar. The BDC undertakes independent, policy-oriented research on the socioeconomic and geopolitical issues and transitions facing Muslim majority states and communities today, including issues focusing on U.S.-Muslim world relations.
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Brookings India Center

In 2013, the Brookings Institution opened Brookings India—a center for public policy research based in New Delhi. Brookings made this move because of India's growing importance on the world stage as the world's largest democracy and a rising power with one of the fastest growing economies.
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Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy

In October 2006, the Foreign Policy program’s John L. Thornton China Center and China’s Tsinghua University founded a joint center for policy analysis and research. The Brookings-Tsinghua Center (BTC) resides at the University’s School of Public Policy and Management in Beijing. Operationally, the Brookings- Tsinghua Center provides on-the-ground research support for scholars working in the region. The BTC also provides cutting-edge research, analysis and dialogue that focus on the opportunities and implications of China’s rapid economic and societal growth.
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