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Foreign Policy Centers, Projects, & Initiatives


Projects and Initiatives

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

Africa Security Initiative

The Africa Security Initiative is intended to highlight key issues concerning military, social, and human security in Africa, ranging from crises and conflicts in places such as the Horn of Africa, Central and East Africa, and Nigeria to cross-cutting issues involving illicit economies, terrorism, and other dangers. It is designed to help improve public policy towards Africa by the United States as well as regional governments themselves through the development of new ideas and by providing a forum for discussion and debate.
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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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Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate

The Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate mobilizes a core group of scholars from across Brookings with expertise in energy geopolitics, governance, climate economics, sustainable development, energy poverty, urban sustainability, global energy markets, climate governance and regulation, and resource scarcity. With overseas centers in China, India, and Qatar, the Brookings Institution is well-positioned to engage with influential actors in parts of the globe that encompass two-thirds of humanity, three-quarters of the world’s energy production, and three-quarters of global emissions.
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Energy Security and Climate Initiative

Foreign Policy at Brookings oversees a Brookings-wide effort entitled the Energy Security and Climate Initiative. This project produces insights into the critical role of energy security within U.S. public and private sector decision making. Energy Security and Climate 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 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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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 United States and India with independent policy research and raising the profile and understanding of Indian policy issues in Washington.
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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 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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Center for Middle East Policy

Founded in 2002, the 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 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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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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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.
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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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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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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 Center for Middle East’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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