Center for Strategic and International Studies

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization recognized as the top defense and national security think tank in the world. Since 1962, CSIS has become one of the world's preeminent international policy institutions that conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change. Dedicated to advancing practical ideas to address the world's greatest challenges, CSIS provides strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world. The Center’s work is focused on defense and security, regional stability, and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration.


  • Today, CSIS is one of the world’s preeminent public policy institutions on foreign policy and national security issues. 

  • CSIS scholars bring their policy expertise, judgment, and robust networks to their research, analysis, and recommendations. 

  • CSIS programs are led by world class experts researching and analyzing the most pressing geopolitical issues facing the United States and the global community.

  • They organize conferences, publish, lecture, and make media appearances that aim to increase the knowledge, awareness, and salience of policy issues with relevant stakeholders and the interested public.


  • In 1962, the institution was founded by Admiral Arleigh Burke and David Abshire at the height of the Cold War.

  • The institution was dedicated to the simple but urgent goal of finding ways for the United States to survive as a nation and prosper as a people.

  • Since its founding, CSIS has been at the forefront of solutions to the vexing foreign policy and national security problems of the day.

CSIS conducts research and analysis on a wide range of international issues, including:

CSIS also has a number of programs that focus on specific issues, such as:

  • The Project on Nuclear Weapons.

    This project analyzes the nuclear weapons threat and develops strategies to reduce nuclear risks.

  • The China Power Project.

    This program analyzes China's rise to power and its implications for the United States and the world.

  • The Middle East Program.

    This program analyzes the Middle East and develops strategies to promote peace and stability in the region.