About Us

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

The Brookings Institution

100 years of Quality, Independence, and Impact

Brookings Centenary logoAs we commemorate our centenary year, Brookings is proud to present the “Brookings 2.0” strategic plan, which outlines how we’ll pursue our commitment to improving governance. Recognizing new challenges and opportunities ahead, we have designed a set of goals – and steps to realize them – to ensure we have the resources and structures in place to advance our mission. We will continue to uphold our core values – Quality, Independence, Impact – while conducting in-depth research and analysis that produces bold solutions and new ideas well into our next century. Now more than ever, we’re driven by the promise of a better future and the determination necessary to secure it.

Learn more about our activities during our centenary year »
See a timeline of our milestones over the past century »

“The Brookings Institution [is] a think tank as respected as it is long-lived. Over the last century, empires have come and gone, the world order has changed but Brookings has sailed on, not just commenting on events but shaping them.”
– Lord Jonathan Hill, Member, European Commission

 

WHO WE ARE

Our Experts »

Brookings brings together more than 300 leading experts in government and academia from all over the world who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis on a full range of public policy issues.

Our Leadership »

Learn more about Brookings President Strobe Talbott, Executive Vice President Martin Indyk, our Co-Chairmen David M. Rubenstein and John L. Thornton, and our management staff.

Our Board of Trustees »

The Brookings Board of Trustees is a governing body composed of distinguished individuals from a variety of backgrounds. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for the Institution’s leadership, integrity, financial health, and scholarly independence.

Our History »

The Brookings Institution traces its beginnings to 1916, when a group of leading reformers founded the Institute for Government Research (IGR), the first private organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues at the national level.

What People Are Saying »

See what key figures in the policymaking sphere have to say about the impact of our experts and their research, locally, nationally and globally.

 

WHAT WE DO

Our Research Programs, Centers, and Projects »

The research agenda and recommendations of Brookings’s experts are rooted in open-minded inquiry and our 300+ scholars represent diverse points of view. Research topics cover foreign policy, economics, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

Annual Report »

Each year, Brookings produces an annual report highlighting our collective work and the impact it has had on the world. The annual report has, since 1983, also provided an opportunity for us to thank the generous donors whose financial support makes our work possible, while also demonstrating our commitment to transparency.

The Brookings Essays »

In the spirit of Brookings’s commitment to high-quality, independent research, we have commissioned works on major topics of public policy by distinguished authors, including Brookings scholars. The Brookings Essay is a multi-platform, long-form product that we hope will engage our audience in open dialogue and debate.

 

What we stand for

INDEPENDENCE & INTEGRITY POLICIES »

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization devoted to independent, in-depth research that leads to pragmatic and innovative ideas on how to solve problems facing society. Brookings’s commitment to institutional independence is rooted in the individual independence of its scholars. Therefore, the Institution does not take positions on issues.

Diversity and Inclusion »

We recognize that the diversity of our staff’s backgrounds, perspectives and experience is a tremendous asset in generating high-quality public policy research.

Policy on Public Health Service Funded Research »

The Policy and Procedures on Financial Conflict of Interest in Public Health Service Funded Research provides guidelines and procedures for the identification and resolution of real, potential, or apparent financial conflicts of interest that may arise with respect to the Institution’s employees and affiliates in public health service-funded research.