CarnegieCorporate Circle

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.

The Carnegie Corporate Circle engages DC-based corporate representatives through a program of regular in person and virtual 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.

Several of our global centers have corporate engagement opportunities. Please contact Melissa Smith to be connected with one of our centers. To learn more about the Carnegie Tsinghua Center’s Corporate Council membership program, which offers a China-focused perspective for Beijing-based representatives, contact Monica Ma.

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.

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.

Middle East

Carnegie’s Middle East expertise 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 Middle East program in Washington and the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut provide analysis and recommendations in English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. Carnegie has special expertise in the dynamics of political, economic, societal and geopolitical change in Egypt, the Gulf, Iran, Israel/Palestine and North Africa; and Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen.

American Statecraft

There is an urgent need for a more disciplined U.S. foreign policy that is clear-eyed about a more competitive world, realistic about the limits of American power, and aligned with domestic renewal. The Carnegie American Statecraft Program examines America’s role in the world and recommends policy ideas to help meet this need.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Russia and Eurasia

Since the end of the Cold War, Carnegie’s Washington-based Russia and Eurasia Program and the Carnegie Moscow Center have led the field in providing real-world analysis and practical policy recommendations with particular focus on political developments, foreign policy, arms control and nonproliferation, and economic and social issues.


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.

Ongoing 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 calls1 call
“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 executives to engage with Carnegie's senior experts on Carnegie research1 meeting
Exclusive Expert BriefingsOne-to-one expert briefings in a closed-door setting allowing for in-depth focus on areas of Carnegie research4 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.

2021 Corporate Circle Events

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The incoming U.S. administration has made clear that it will focus on domestic priorities – COVID-19, economic recovery (Build Back Better), climate, and racial justice – but each of these priorities has international dimensions, and the incoming administration will be led by a President with long experience in foreign policy. What, then, are the open questions about U.S. engagement with the world in 2021 and beyond, and how will domestic politics in the U.S. affect its foreign policy?

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Relations threaten to further sour between the U.S. and Russia after it was recently determined that a hacking, deployed against upward of 250 federal agencies and American corporations, was the work of Russia’s S.V.R intelligence service. With the bilateral New START proliferation treaty, a nuclear arms control agreement between the U.S. and Russia, set to expire in early February 2021 and a new U.S. administration at the helm, what does the future hold for relations between the U.S. and Russia and how will the future of arms control be affected?

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Influence operations are a complex threat, and the global community combating them—academics, social media platforms, think tanks, governments—is eclectic. The goal of Carnegie’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations (PCIO) is to nurture this community and equip it to work more effectively. Four years after Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, what lessons have we learned from the explosion of new academic research and policy experiments? What barriers are still inhibiting progress? And how might influence operations impact individual private enterprises?

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The U.S.-China trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic have damaged the cause of free trade, but the nature of trade has been evolving for more than a decade as countries and industries restructure and demand for services expands. This conversation will examine the Biden administration’s need to move away from Trump’s tariff-based approach in confronting China and other nations on economic differences and reevaluate the role for WTO and regional trade agreements.

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This conversation will examine the state of democracy around the world, focusing on negative trend lines as well as bright spots and discuss if and to what extent democratic challenges are shared across regions and key drivers of democratic discontent. Speakers will reflect on potential opportunities and innovative strategies to reinvigorate democracy around the world.

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Several countries across the Middle East are grappling with uncertainty as 2021 unfolds. Israelis will have faced their fourth election in two years as of March. The Palestinian president is pushing back elections in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, quelling hopes that Palestinians would get to vote for the first time since 2006 and fueling Israeli fears of further conflict with the Islamist group Hamas. Furthermore, Iran, crippling under Washington’s economic sanctions pressure, is set to hold a presidential election in June after President Hassan Rouhani has been in office for two four-year terms. How will relations unfold between these countries and with other countries across the Middle East and how will the United States move forward in this challenging policy landscape?

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With Tokyo set to host the 2021 summer Olympics, this conversation will explore Japan’s foreign policy priorities, expectations for the relationship between Japan and the United States under the Biden Administration, and the prospects and potential implications for Japan’s new economic national security bill.

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Latin America entered the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences with weakening pre-existing conditions: It was already suffering a severe economic contraction, its healthcare systems were underfunded and dysfunctional and massive street protests fed political instability and threatened governments. What have been the consequences of the multiple shocks that rocked the region? What are the likely political, economic and business trends?

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The doom and gloom that characterized transatlantic relations during the past four years was replaced, virtually overnight, with a burst of new energy and excitement upon the election of Joe Biden. European governments, in no subtle terms, welcomed Biden’s election victory as a chance to restore closer ties with Washington. Reflecting on almost a full year since the election, this conversation will cover the future of the European Union and what we can expect for the future of the transatlantic partnership.

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Nearly a year into the Biden administration, with leaders having just met at the COP26 summit to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, this event will look back into how the U.S. has managed to deliver on two strands of climate action: adaptation and transition. We will also address what needs to be done and how quickly in order to close the gap with climate emergency demands in terms of actions, and what type of geopolitical behavior will best deliver on the needed action.

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Emerging markets and developing economies grew consistently in the two decades before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, only to have their progress put at risk. Join Carnegie scholars who will discuss what the future might look like for emerging market economies such as India, Turkey, and South Korea.

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Accenture Labs

Altamont Capital Partners

Amazon Web Services

Amway China

Audi China

Axio Global

Bank of America

Basic American Foods

Bharti Airtel



BP America

Bridgewater Associates

Business Software Alliance

C5 Capital

Capital One

Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount-Lebanon


Chubb Corporation


Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Cooley LLP

Covington & Burling

Cummins China

Dell EMC

Dow Chemical

East Office of Finnish Industries


Equinor, Russia

Exxon Mobil


Faegre Drinker



General Electric

Gilead Sciences


Harman International India


IHI Corporation


Itochu Corporation

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

JPMorgan Chase

Makena Capital Management

Marubeni America Corporation

MDA Corporation


Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Morgan Stanley

Mozilla Corporation

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

National Engineering Industries Limited

National Payments Corporation


Northrop Grumman

Oaktree Capital Management

Omidyar Network


Procter & Gamble

Science Applications International Corporation

Shell Oil Company

Standard Chartered

Stone Brewing


Tata Consultancy Services

Tata Sons Ltd.

Teck Resources



United Technologies

Warburg Pincus LLP

WhatsApp Inc.

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