The Global Think Tank

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.

Founded in 1910, Carnegie is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. It is known for excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances, and a commitment to concrete improvements in public policy.

Carnegie launched a revolutionary plan in 2006 to build the first global think tank. Since then it has transformed an American institution into one well prepared to take on the challenges of a globalized world. At Carnegie’s international centers, local experts produce unrivaled work on critical national, regional, and global issues, collaborating closely with colleagues across the world. The result provides capitals and global institutions with a deeper understanding of the circumstances shaping policy choices worldwide as well as a flow of new approaches to policy problems.

Today, Carnegie has research centers in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, Moscow, and Washington. It is supervised by an international board of trustees and its research activities are overseen by a global management group. More than two-thirds of its current scholars were born outside the United States, nearly all speak languages other than their native tongues, and most have had experience in government. The global think tank has websites in Arabic, Chinese, English, and Russian.

Carnegie does not take institutional positions, does not engage in lobbying, and is not involved in ideological advocacy. Instead, it relies on its independence and the quality of its scholarship to make notable contributions to national policymaking. It welcomes scholars with diverse political views and is acknowledged to be a centrist institution within the American political spectrum.

Praise for Carnegie


“The Endowment’s rich history over the last century has brought together political leaders, policymakers, and public intellectuals from all countries …”

– Kevin Rudd
Former Australian Prime Minister

“[Carnegie is]…one of the centers of gravity of thinking about national security matters in our country.”

– General Martin Dempsey
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“Carnegie remains a first-rate source of policy analysis and practical guidance on all the major international issues and I rely on the advice and counsel of many Carnegie scholars.”

– John McCain
U.S. Senator

“The Carnegie Endowment has been a training ground for many of the allstars in the State Department during the Clinton administration and throughout this century. ….”

– Madeleine Albright
Former Secretary of State

“I appreciate the work Carnegie Endowment does...Above all, [it is] an approach that says, ‘We want to make a difference. We want to see if we can have an impact.’”

– Kofi Annan
Former Secretary General
of the United Nations

“I cannot think of a better alignment of communication, information, and getting people together.”

– Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman of Google

“[T]his great vision of becoming a global think tank [is] badly needed in an interconnected world.”

– Nicholas Burns
Undersecretary of State
for Political Affairs

“The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace...has established itself as one of the most globally trusted talking-shops.”

The Economist

“It is truly a global think tank…completely and appropriately reflective of the nature of the challenges that we face today.”

– John Kerry
U.S. Senator

“A force for global peace and security for 100 years.”

– John Brennan
Homeland Security Advisor

“An excellent institution that does important work to help establish stronger international laws and organizations.”

– His Royal Highness
Prince Turki Al-Faisal

“The Carnegie Endowment…has for a century been dedicated to understanding and preventing war and its myriad causes.”

– Robert Gates
U.S. Secretary of Defense

“The Carnegie Endowment is known on both sides of the aisle with great deal of respect for your active international engagement….”

– Michael Turner
U.S. Congressman

“[This event is]… a testament to the success that you’ve had in transforming Carnegie… into a truly global think tank.”

– Leon Panetta
U.S. Secretary of Defense

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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