About the Foreign Policy program at Brookings
America’s conduct of foreign policy demands that, as a nation, we address the dual realities of new threats and opportunities in a world that is more connected and interdependent, where technology has eclipsed traditional understandings of borders and security. The Foreign Policy studies program, under the direction of Interim Vice President and Director Suzanne Maloney, has two goals:
- To understand the dynamics of world affairs and the challenges they pose to the international community.
- To influence policies and institutions in the United States and abroad that promote sustainable peace, security, and prosperity around the world.
Our Areas of Focus
- Established and Emerging Powers.
China and India’s re-emergence as powers and their rapid industrialization have raised security, economic, and governance questions linked to trade, proliferation, poverty, and the environment. Established powers—the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia—must build common approaches to questions linked to the rapid development of emerging countries, and to issues such as terrorism, ethnic conflict, energy security, and infectious diseases. Our challenge is to influence the dynamics of change to avoid zero-sum solutions to problems that require today’s powers to commit to collective security, recognizing that no state alone can make itself invulnerable.
- Redefining Security.
Increasingly, we face international challenges and threats from poor, weak, and failing states that cannot exert the rule of law or meet the aspirations of their people. Instability abroad can lead to regional instability and become a platform for terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime. As a nation, the United States is challenged to defuse these emerging threats and respond competently. Both civilian and military entities alike must modernize and adapt technology and response capabilities. Experience has shown that the United States must act in partnership with others to advance our interests in unstable regions; this requires a new understanding of international engagement and capabilities.
- Politics, Economics, Security.
Foreign Policy studies works closely with the Brookings Global Economy and Development program to examine ways in which economics affect political and security issues, and vice versa. For example, achieving U.S. energy security demands that we understand the geopolitical factors driving key consumers and producers and how they affect global markets. Even voting patterns at the U.N. on issues of international security may be driven by the economic interests of voting nations.
- Adapting Institutions.
The profound changes in international relations require institutional changes to formulate and carry out sound policy. Do current models for regional and international institutions work? Does our own system for engaging the rest of the world reflect the challenges and opportunities we face? The United States has a unique opportunity to redefine our role in the world and to help shape the nature of multilateral and regional institutions as we adjust to post-Cold War and post-9/11 challenges. Conversely, failure to make these institutional adaptations will almost guarantee that we cannot advance our security and prosperity as the world changes around us.
The Foreign Policy studies program conducts its research through its 18 centers, projects, and initiatives, housing a team of independent experts with expertise ranging from military reform to the geopolitics of energy. For information on general employment, fellowships, internships, and guest affiliations, please reference the employment section of the Brookings website.
Our Centers, Projects, and Initiatives
- Africa Security Initiative
- Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative
- Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence
- Center for East Asia Policy Studies
- Center for Middle East Policy
- Center on the United States and Europe
- Energy Security and Climate Initiative
- John L. Thornton China Center
- Latin America Initiative
- Project on International Order and Strategy
- Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
- The India Project
- The Intelligence Project
- The Turkey Project
|Office of the Vice President
Suzanne Maloney, Interim Vice President and Director
Andrew Moffatt, Chief of Staff
Emilie Kimball, Executive Assistant
Katherine Elgin, Research Analyst
Kevin Scott, Director of Administration
Nyima Gardner, Program Manager
Anna Newby, Director of Communications and Managing Editor
Theodore Reinert, Publications Editor
Suzanne Schaefer, Communications Manager
Rachel Slattery, Website and Digital Design Manager
Miguel Vieira, Senior Director of Development
Patrick Cole, Development Officer
Jesse Kornbluth, Development Manager
Gregory Song, Development Manager
Margaret Humenay, Director of Finance
Alla Polyakova, Senior Financial Manager
Amal Qadeer, Financial Manager
|Center for East Asia Policy Studies
Jennifer Mason, Associate Director
Adrien Chorn, Research Assistant
Eun DuBois, Research Assistant
Laura McGhee, Senior Research Assistant and Project Coordinator
|Center for Middle East Policy
Nicole Sullivan, Associate Director
Kevin Huggard, Senior Research Assistant
Israa Saber, Senior Research Assistant
|Center on the United States and Europe
Natalie Britton, Associate Director
Agneska Bloch, Research Assistant
Samuel Denney, Senior Research Assistant
Caroline Klaff, Research Assistant
Filippos Letsas, Senior Research Assistant
Sarah Reed, Research Analyst
|Energy Security and Climate Intiative
Jennifer Perron, Project Manager, Energy Security and Climate Initiative
|John L. Thornton China Center
Ryan McElveen, Associate Director, John L. Thornton China Center
Kevin Dong, Research Assistant
James Haynes, Research Assistant
|Security and Strategy
Leah Dreyfuss, Associate Director
Kristen Belle-Isle, Project Manager
Parker Bolstad, Research Assistant
Sadie Frank, Project Manager and Research Assistant
Bradley Porter, Project Manager
Adam Twardowski, Senior Research Assistant