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Bringing corporate decisionmakers and Carnegie experts together to better understand and navigate the technological, economic, security, and political drivers shaping a rapidly changing international landscape.

About the Corporate Circle

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers more than a Washington perspective. We offer an unprecedented level of regional and national expertise and policy insights from our network of more than 150 experts in twenty countries and six centers—the United States, China, Europe, India, the Middle East, and Russia—around the world.

Through a program of regular member events, closed-group and individual briefings, curated analysis, and VIP forums, Carnegie Corporate Circle members have bespoke access to Carnegie experts who are world-renowned scholars and include distinguished diplomats and senior figures from the defense, intelligence, and business worlds. Scholars provide global, independent, and strategic insights across all Carnegie programs. Discover more about Carnegie’s research programs below.

Carnegie Research Programs


The Carnegie Asia Program in Washington and Beijing studies disruptive security, governance, and technological risks that threaten peace and growth in the Asia Pacific region.

Middle East

The Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in the processes of political, economic, and geopoliti­cal change in Egypt, North Africa, Israel/Palestine, the Gulf, and Iran.

Geoeconomics and Strategy

The Geoeconomics and Strategy Program promotes collaboration and debate among experts in national security strategy, foreign policy, and international economic policy, in order to enhance the understanding of the use of economic instruments to promote geopolitical goals; the development of national security strategy and foreign policy to advance national economic interests and the stability of the global economy; and the future of the international political and economic order.

Technology and International Affairs

The Technology and International Affairs Program develops strategies to maximize the positive potential of emerging technologies while reducing the risk of large-scale misuse or harm. The program col­laborates with technologists, corporate leaders, government officials, and scholars globally to understand and prepare for the implications of advances in cyberspace, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

Cyber Policy

To achieve greater stability and civility in cyberspace, the Cyber Policy Initiative develops strategies and policies in several key areas and promotes international cooperation and norms by engaging key decisionmakers in governments and industry.

Democracy, Conflict, and Governance

The Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program rigorously analyzes the global state of democracy, conflict, and governance; the interrela­tionship among them; and international efforts to strengthen democ­racy and governance, reduce violence, and stabilize conflict.

Russia and Eurasia

The Russia and Eurasia Program has, since the end of the Cold War, led the field of Eurasian security, including strategic nuclear weapons and nonproliferation, development, economic and social issues, governance, and the rule of law.

Nuclear Policy

The Nuclear Policy Program works to strengthen international security by diagnosing acute nuclear risks, informing debates on solutions, and engaging international actors to effect change. The program’s work spans deterrence, disarmament, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and nuclear energy.


The Europe Program in Washington provides insight and analysis on political and security developments within Europe, transatlantic relations, and Europe’s global role. Working in coordination with Carnegie Europe in Brussels, the program brings together U.S. and European policymakers and experts on the strategic issues facing Europe.

South Asia

The South Asia focus informs policy debates relating to the region’s security, economy, and political development, from the war in Afghanistan to Pakistan’s internal dynamics to U.S. engagement with India.


The Africa Program, newly established at Carnegie, aims to illuminate a range of policy issues critical to Africa’s future, including issues such as economic growth, technology, democracy, climate change, and relations with external powers.

Annual Corporate Circle Activities

In these uncertain times and in an increasingly interconnected world, independent and timely expert analysis is needed more than ever. Carnegie Corporate Circle benefits can be tiered to meet the needs of our broad membership.

Group Engagements & Networking ActivitiesExecutiveStandardTrial*
CEO/C-suite EngagementExclusive invitation for member’s executive suite to attend Carnegie VIP events1 seat
Rapid Response Briefing CallsBriefing calls on breaking news and timely international events and issuesAll calls3 briefings1 briefing
“Breakfast” BriefingsMonthly small roundtable discussions led by Carnegie scholars on key international issues10 briefings6 briefings1 briefing
Project InsightsObservation of project-related convenings that inform Carnegie research4 meetings2 meetings
eNewsletter and PodcastSubscription to news and insights on multiple topicsmonthlymonthly

Exclusive Engagement Opportunities
Leadership ConnectionsExclusive opportunities for member company’s board and executives to engage with Carnegie leadership and senior experts1 meeting
Private Expert BriefingsOne-to-one expert briefings in a closed-door setting allowing for in-depth focus on an individual corporation’s international affairs and foreign policy concerns4 briefings2 briefings
Carnegie Center BriefingsSite visit with experts at any of our global centers1 visit1 visit
DigestQuarterly curated collection of papers and reports4 sets2 sets
* Trial period for new prospective members.

2020 Corporate Circle Events

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Vice President for Studies Evan Feigenbaum will lead a policy discussion and debate on the state of U.S.-China relations and how trade tensions, evolving tariff policies, and the rise of technonationalism are leading to a new disruptive period between our two nations.

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Director of the Technology and International Affairs Program Michael Nelson will lead a conversation on emerging technologies. He will cover the security and economic implications of emerging technologies and the policy choices that will affect their adoption, from the EU’s draft AI regulations being introduced next month to the growing number of efforts to control and limit the internet.

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Director of the Europe Program Erik Brattberg will discuss how decisions being taken in the next few months between these two powers, which may have global geopolitical implications. Issues currently in play include an EU-China investment agreement, Huawei's 5G plans, new CFIUS-like FDI legislation, the UK-China relationship, and illegal Chinese subsidies. Plus, half of EU members signed bilateral agreements to endorse China's Belt and Road Initiative. How can the EU have a coherent agenda toward Beijing?

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Taiwan has become a global model for its deft handling of the coronavirus outbreak, including its innovative and aggressive use of various technologies, from mobile phone geolocation to the use of AI-enabled applications for contact tracing. And it has leveraged its world-class public health system. This is sure to make it a more intriguing investment destination once the world begins to recover, so as a corporate voice, you will be able add perspective to our research. We want to hear what opportunities your firm sees, the challenges you face, and prescriptive advice on how Taiwan can make both systemic and regulatory changes that would help to attract highest-quality foreign investment in the wake of coronavirus.

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As the deadly coronavirus disrupts daily life around the world, Carnegie experts offer analysis on the political, economic, and geostrategic effects of the global pandemic. Scholars will examine the EU-level response following the European Council meeting and whether the EU can still protect citizens and show solidarity; how India is leveraging technology for medical countermeasures, and how regulations can help fast track the development and commercialization of such interventions; and how underlying tensions in the U.S.-China relationship and the propaganda battle between Washington and Beijing are hampering cooperation to resolve the global pandemic quickly.

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After becoming the world's front-runner on data privacy regulations in the form of GDPR, the EU is currently seeking to further strengthen its approach toward the digital sector. Under the banner of "digital sovereignty," the new European Commission is planning new efforts to regulate AI, promote common European data spaces, and take on global tech giants. What is driving the EU's evolving digital approach? What should we expect these efforts to result in during the coming years and how will the coronavirus pandemic impact the EU's digital plans? What are the major implications for the United States?

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Even before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian economy was facing its worst macroeconomic crisis in three decades. Despite a stringent nationwide lockdown, India's coronavirus caseload continues to grow while its economy is expected to contract further. The central government is struggling to manage a humanitarian crisis involving tens of millions of internal migrants while new tensions have emerged on the Chinese border. What are the prospects for India's economic rejuvenation? How has the pandemic changed domestic political dynamics? And what do recent events portend for India's role in the world?

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U.S.-China tensions continue to soar, fueled by blame over the coronavirus pandemic, which threatens to break the already fragile relationship between the world's biggest economies. Progress on the phase one trade deal signed in January has been threatened as the U.S. considers economic penalties for China related to its new national security law regarding Hong Kong. Beijing, in turn, has suggested that it could counter with its own dramatic actions. If tensions continue to escalate, what are the global impacts on recovery from coronavirus? How will this impact cooperation on the creation of a vaccine? Are we charting a path towards a permanent trade war and how could this impact an already struggling global economy?

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Carnegie’s senior economist will look at the economic ripple effect of a pandemic on an increasingly interconnected region, from weakened tourism to disrupted manufacturing supply chains to now increasingly cancelled orders. Will the disease expose already fragile economies to instability? Could proposed interventions—e.g., cutting interest rates and even starting unconventional monetary policy as well as broad and targeted fiscal support—actually offset the fallout of the virus? And beyond weaker growth and risks such as deglobalization, higher debt and geopolitics, are there rising opportunities for Southeast Asia?

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It’s hard to overstate the potential impact of the U.S. presidential election on challenges at home and abroad, not least the effects of the pandemic, the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the disruptive impact of the Trump administration’s “America first” foreign policy agenda. We invite you to join Carnegie senior experts Michele Dunne, Paul Haenle, and Andrew Weiss for a conversation moderated by Jarrett Blanc, a senior fellow at Carnegie and former senior State Department official. These experts will discuss the stakes of this election for the United States’ future global role and what might change on policy toward China, Russia, and the Middle East from a Biden administration or a potential second term for the Trump administration.

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Governments—national, state, and local—around the world are increasingly worried about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and software’s growing role in making critical government and business decisions. Unfortunately, debates over AI often scrabble together issues as diverse as surveillance, “digital discrimination,” data protection, the “AI arms race,” data localization, and job displacement caused by technology. The Technology and International Affairs Program is clarifying what is and is not "artificial intelligence," explaining both the opportunities and challenges it brings, and assessing related policy proposals coming from Washington, Brussels, and other capitals, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations, the OECD, and the G7.

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The United States is now among the most polarized countries in the world, a reality that is hampering its ability to address problems from pandemics to natural disasters. Polarization as well as systemic ailments are also throwing sand in the gears of the basic institutions of democracy—the job of parties in representing citizens, the role of Congress in deliberating and passing legislation, even the apolitical, nonpartisan nature of U.S. security institutions. As hundreds of electorally related lawsuits move through the courts, both parties are now preparing for a contested election that will not be resolved on election night. How did we get to this place, and are there ways out?

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What does the outcome of the U.S. election mean for Europe and the transatlantic relationship? How will a new U.S. administration approach cooperation with Europe? Conversely, what are the main European expectations for a new incoming U.S. administration on issues such as Brexit, trade, and China?

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In December, Carnegie India will host its Global Technology Summit that will convene policymakers, industry experts, and scholars to debate and deliberate crucial technology questions. Rudra Chaudhuri will discuss major themes to be addressed at the summit such as the impact of artificial intelligence on society, issues of data privacy, regulation, implications of biotechnology, and the future of globalization.

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