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The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance 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.

In 2006, Carnegie launched a revolutionary plan to build the first global think tank. Since then it has transformed a hundred-year-old American institution into one well-equipped for the challenges of a globalized world. Today, Carnegie has research centers in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, Moscow, New Delhi, and Washington. The network is supervised by an international board of trustees, and its research activities are overseen by a global management group.

Carnegie has over 100 experts living and working in 20 countries.

The scholars of each center are drawn from the region and write in the local languages, while 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.


Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Director: Paul Haenle
Founded: 2010


Carnegie Middle East Center
Director: Maha Yahya
Founded: 2006


Carnegie Europe
Director: Tomáš Valášek
Founded: 2007


Carnegie Moscow Center
Director: Dmitri Trenin
Founded: 1994

New Delhi

Carnegie India
Director: Rudra Chaudhuri
Founded: 2016


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
President: William J. Burns
Founded: 1910


William J. Burns, President

Thomas Carothers, Senior Vice President for Studies

Rudra Chaudhuri, Director, Carnegie India

Matan Chorev, Chief of Staff

Elizabeth Dibble, Chief Operating Officer

Evan A. Feigenbaum, Vice President for Studies

Paul Haenle, Director, Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies

George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies

Jen Psaki, Vice President for Communications and Strategy

Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center

Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies

Tomáš Valášek, Director, Carnegie Europe

Maha Yahya, Director, Carnegie Middle East Center

Board of Trustees

Penny Pritzker
Chairman of PSP Partners and Pritzker Realty Group, Chairman Inspired Capital Partners, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Ayman Asfari, Group Chief Executive, Petrofac Limited

Elizabeth F. Bagley, Former Special Representative for the U.S. Department Of State, Chairman of SBI/Cellular One

C.K. Birla, Chairman, C.K. Birla Group

Bill Bradley, Managing Director, Allen & Company

David Burke, Founder, Managing Director, Board of Directors, Makena Capital Management

William J. Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Henri de Castries, Chairman, Institut Montaigne; Chairman, Europe General Atlantic; Vice Chairman, Nestlé

Steven A. Denning, Chairman, General Atlantic

Harvey V. Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Jane Hartley, Former U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco; Communications Executive

Patricia House, Vice-Chairman of the Board, C3.ai

Maha Ibrahim, General Partner, Canaan Partners

Walter B. Kielholz, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Swiss Re Ltd.

Scott Malkin, Chairman, Value Retail PLC

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises

Clarke Murphy, CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates

Adebayo Ogunlesi, Chairman & Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations

Kenneth E. Olivier, Past Chairman & CEO, Dodge & Cox

Jonathan Oppenheimer, Director, Oppenheimer Generations

Catherine James Paglia, Director, Enterprise Asset Management

Deven Parekh, Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Victoria Ransom, Former CEO, Wildfire & Director of Product, Google

L. Rafael Reif, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

George Siguler, Founding Partner and Managing Director, Siguler Guff and Company

Ratan N. Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts

Aso O. Tavitian, Former CEO, Syncsort, Inc.

Wang Chaoyong, Founding Chairman and CEO, ChinaEquity Group

Rohan S. Weerasinghe, General Counsel, Citigroup Inc.

Yichen Zhang, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, CITIC Capital Holdings Limited

Robert Zoellick, Senior Counselor, Brunswick Group

About William J. Burns

William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the foreign service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.

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.

In 2010, Carnegie celebrated its centennial. Then-president Jessica T. Mathews wrote:

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Founded by Andrew Carnegie with a gift of $10 million, its charter was to “hasten the abolition of war, the foulest blot upon our civilization.” While that goal was always unattainable, the Carnegie Endowment has remained faithful to the mission of promoting peaceful engagement.

100 Years of Impact: A Timeline

In its more than one hundred years, Carnegie has been home to some of the sharpest foreign policy thinkers in the world. A more complete list of Carnegie alumni is available here.

Presidents, 1910 to Present

1910-25 Elihu Root
1925-45 Nicholas Murray Butler
1945-46 John W. Davis (acting president)
1947-49 Alger Hiss
1949-50 James T. Shotwell
1950-71 Joseph E. Johnson
1971-91 Thomas L. Hughes
1991-97 Morton I. Abramowitz
1997-2015 Jessica T. Mathews
2015- William J. Burns

Chairmen of the Carnegie Board: 1910 to Present

1910-25 Elihu Root
1925-45 Nicholas Murray Butler
1946-47 John W. Davis
1947-53 John Foster Dulles
1953-58 Harvey H. Bundy
1958-70 Whitney North Seymour
1970-78 Milton Katz
1978-86 John W. Douglas
1986-93 Charles J. Zwick
1993-99 Robert Carswell
1999-2003 William H. Donaldson
2003-09 James C. Gaither
2009-13 Richard Giordano
2013- Harvey V. Fineberg

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the #3 think tank in the world.
University of Pennsylvania 2015 Global Think Tank Rankings

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the #2 think tank in the United States.
University of Pennsylvania 2015 Global Think Tank Rankings

The Carnegie Moscow Center is the #2 think tank in Central and Eastern Europe.
University of Pennsylvania 2015 Global Think Tank Rankings

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the #2 think tank for innovative policy ideas and proposals.
University of Pennsylvania 2015 Global Think Tank Rankings

The Carnegie Middle East Center is the #1 think tank in the Middle East and North Africa.
University of Pennsylvania 2015 Global Think Tank Rankings

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the 2012 North American Think Tank of the Year for its important and influential work.
Prospect Magazine

Carnegie scholars speak 24 languages.

Carnegie Moscow Center receives MacArthur Award in 2012 for Creative and Effective Institutions.
MacArthur Foundation

Praise for Carnegie

“The establishment of Carnegie India is a very welcome development. We, in the Ministry of External Affairs, look forward to working with Carnegie India on matters of shared interest.”
– Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Indian Foreign Secretary

“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

“The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace remains a first-rate source of policy analysis and practical guidance on all the major international issues of the day and I continue to 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. Your programs are a rich source of information and ideas and you help make our international organizations more effective.”
– 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

“When I think about what Carnegie is going to do, the mission of peace, the mission of understanding...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. We're very proud that an American institution has this capacity to reach out well beyond our shores.”
– Nicholas Burns, Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

“The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace...has established itself as one of the most globally trusted talking-shops, with offices in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels and Moscow, as well as Washington.”
The Economist

“It is truly a global think tank, which is completely and appropriately reflective of the nature of the challenges that we face today.”
– John Kerry, Secretary of State

“I'd like to thank everyone here at Carnegie...for sustaining this institution as a force for global peace and security for 100 years.”
– John Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

“The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an excellent institution that does important work by following the ideals of its founders to help establish stronger international laws and organizations.”
– His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal

“Going all the way back to that great gift of $10 million Andrew Carnegie made…realizing full well that for him…achieving international peace was only done through enhancing international law and building international institutions that would support that goal, which was a lofty one.”
– Jon Huntsman, Former U.S. Ambassador to China

“And my thanks also to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which has for almost a century been dedicated to understanding and preventing war and its myriad causes.”
– Robert Gates, Former 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, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense


Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes wins the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in the Current Interest category
L.A. Times

The End of Power by Moisés Naím is a 2013 book of the year.
Financial Times

Avoiding the Fall by Michael Pettis is a 2013 book of the year.
Financial Times

Carnegie Europe’s Press Freedom in Turkey is the 2013 International Publication of the Year.
Prospect Magazine

Jessica T. Mathews wins 2012 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership for her vision of transforming Carnegie into the world’s first global think tank.
University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Moisés Naím wins prestigious 2011 Ortega y Gasset Journalism Award for outstanding professional career.
El País

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is one of the world’s most highly regarded international affairs think tanks and the oldest in the United States. Three qualities have defined it over its history: excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances, and a commitment to making a concrete difference in the world.

Ideas and analysis are valuable, but improving policies, decisionmaking, and real-world outcomes is Carnegie’s business. Today Carnegie has research centers in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, Moscow, and New Delhi in addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC. As it enters its second century, Carnegie is committed to building the premier global think tank by continuing its international expansion while maintaining the quality and coherence of the organization.

Carnegie is uniquely fortunate to be able to rely on its endowment, the legacy of Andrew Carnegie’s original 1910 gift of $10 million, to provide core funding for its programs. That funding, which covers close to 50 percent of Carnegie’s annual budget, ensures that scholars can maintain their independence and have the freedom they need to produce the highest quality work.

But Carnegie also depends on the generous support of people who value its mission and appreciate the quality and deep impact of its work. Carnegie is seeking to raise annual and program funds as well as new endowment as part of a unified campaign to complete its transformation into the world’s only global think tank.

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