Center for Strategic and International Studies

Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies is a Washington, D.C.–based foreign policy think tank. The center was founded in 1964 by Admiral Arleigh Burke and historian David Manker Abshire, originally as part of Georgetown University.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) seeks to advance global security and prosperity in an era of economic and political transformation by providing strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers. CSIS serves as a strategic planning partner for the government by conducting research and analysis and developing policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.

The center conducts policy studies and strategic analyses on political, economic and security issues, focusing on technology, public policy, international trade and finance, and energy.

Leadership and staff

The current president and CEO of CSIS is John Hamre, former Deputy Secretary of Defense. He has held the position since April 2000.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Sam Nunn, a former Democratic Senator from Georgia and longtime chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Its board of trustees includes many former senior government officials including Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, William Cohen, George Argyros and Brent Scowcroft. Its Transnational Threats Director is Arnaud de Borchgrave [ [http://www.c-span.org/homepage.asp?Cat=Series&Code=WJE&ShowVidNum=9&Rot_Cat_CD=WJ&Rot_HT=206&Rot_WD=&ShowVidDays=100&ShowVidDesc=&ArchiveDays=30 C-SPAN] Washington Journal 11-6-2007] .

CSIS has a staff of approximately 220.

Funding

For Fiscal Year 2007, CSIS had an operating budget of US$ 29.101 million, 75% of which is funded from corporate, foundation and individual contributions. The remainder comes from endowments, publication sales and government contracts. [ [http://www.csis.org/about/financial/ Operating Revenue: $29.101 million] ]

Goals and description

In order to guide the policymaking community, CSIS focuses on all aspects of foreign and security policy, particularly by examining emerging trends and long-term effects of both global and regional issues. This includes analyzing developments within specific geographic areas, such as in the Middle East or Russia, as well as globally, such as terrorism, homeland security, energy, trade and technology.

CSIS has published the "Freeman Report", a foreign policy periodical, focusing on global economics and international security since the 1970s. CSIS also has several endowed chairs in economics, Chinese studies, and other subjects.

CSIS was a sponsoring organization of the Iraq Study Group.

Notable current and past members

*Arnaud de Borchgrave
*Anthony Cordesman
*Raymond F. DuBois
*Fred Ikle
*Walter Laqueur
*Michael Ledeen
*Edward Luttwak
*Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
*Madeleine Albright

References

External links

* [http://www.csis.org/ Official site]


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