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The Center for Strategic and International Studies is a bipartisan Washington, D.C., foreign policy think tank. The center was founded in 1964 by Admiral Arleigh Burke and Ambassador David Manker Abshire, originally as part of Georgetown University. The formal affiliation between Georgetown and CSIS ended on July 1, 1987.

According to its mission statement, "CSIS provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society." The center conducts policy studies and strategic analyses on political, economic and security issues, focusing on technology, public policy, international trade and finance, and energy.


Leadership and staff

The current president and CEO of CSIS is John Hamre, former Deputy Secretary of Defense. He has held the position since April 2000.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Sam Nunn, a former Democratic Senator from Georgia and longtime chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Its board of trustees includes many former senior government officials including Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, William Cohen, George Argyros and Brent Scowcroft. Its Transnational Threats Director is Arnaud de Borchgrave[1].

CSIS has a staff of approximately 220.


To guide the policymaking community, CSIS focuses on all aspects of foreign and security policy, particularly by examining emerging trends and long-term effects of both global and regional issues. This includes analyzing developments within specific geographic areas, such as in the Middle East or Russia, as well as globally, such as terrorism, homeland security, energy, trade and technology.

CSIS is broken down into numerous programs and projects each with its own unique missions and interests. For example, the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group provides research into the defense industry on behalf of government and corporate customers. CSIS also has several endowed chairs in economics, Chinese studies, and other subjects.

CSIS has published the Freeman Report, a foreign policy periodical, focusing on economics and international security in Asia and Southeast China since the 1970s. Additionally, it publishes the Washington Quarterly – a journal on "strategic global changes and their impact on public policy.

CSIS was a sponsoring organization of the Iraq Study Group and Operation Dark Winter.


For Fiscal Year 2007, CSIS had an operating budget of US$ 29.101 million, 75% of which is funded from corporate, foundation and individual contributions. The remainder comes from endowments, publication sales and government contracts.[2] Between 1973 and 1981, Richard Scaife donated $5.3 million to CSIS.

Notable current and past members


  1. ^ C-SPAN Washington Journal 11-6-2007
  2. ^ Operating Revenue: $29.101 million

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