$3 Million Carnegie Corporation Investment Supports Carnegie Endowment’s China Policy Research Program


Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grantmaking foundation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, building the first global think tank, today jointly announced a $3 million investment by the Corporation in the Carnegie China Program in Washington and Beijing.

“We are immensely grateful to Carnegie Corporation of New York for its generous support of and investment in the Endowment’s China Program in Washington and Beijing, and particularly to its president, Vartan Gregorian, for his leadership. Coming on the eve of the first anniversary of the launch of our New Vision, this financial support is a tremendous further endorsement of a key component of the mission we are pursuing,” said Jessica T. Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment.

“If we are to move toward a more stable and prosperous world, it is imperative that the United States redefine the nature of its relationships with major and emerging powers,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “We are particularly in need of innovative research to inform our near– and long-term policies toward China.”

Gregorian added that the deep pool of subject matter expertise cultivated by the Endowment in China and throughout the world will benefit the partners as they seek to better understand the impact of globalization on foreign, economic, and security policy making.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was the first think tank headquartered in the United States to establish a joint presence in Beijing and Washington. Two core features distinguish the Endowment’s work in China:

  • an unparalleled set of partnerships with the Endowment’s lead partner, the China Reform Forum (CRF), and six other leading Chinese institutions (see ‘Notes’ for details) and,
  • the broad sweep of subject matter from international security to energy and climate, economic policy, ethnic relations, domestic society, and politics.

Most recently, the Endowment began a multi-year project to move past the gridlock that has prevented meaningful action by the United States and China on climate change. In October 2007, the Program partnered with China’s Energy Research Institute on a Beijing workshop on “Energy Security and Climate: How Can the U.S. and China Cooperate and Lead?”

The Endowment has also held a series of conferences in Beijing that draw on its staff in Washington, Beirut, and Moscow, as well as Beijing. Together with CRF, it co-hosted meetings on “Rising India: Opportunities and Lessons for China,” “New Security Challenges in Northeast Asia,” “China’s Environmental Protection System,” and “Energy Cooperation between China, Russia, and Central Asia,” which included senior Russian researchers from the Carnegie Moscow Center and a team from Washington. A September 2007 conference explored the impacts of President Bush’s policies on world order.

Andrew Carnegie gave generously in support of peace, including his creation in 1910 of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace “to hasten the abolition of international war” and his endowment in 1911 of Carnegie Corporation of New York to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”


  • The Carnegie China Program in Beijing and Washington provides policy makers in both countries with a better understanding of the dynamics within China and between United States and China. In late 2005, the Carnegie Endowment established a joint Program in China on globalization and international relations with the China Reform Forum, a leading Chinese think tank. The mission of the program is to advance research on the impact of globalization on foreign policy making and promote scholarly exchange between the two countries.
  • Communication in Chinese is a critical component of the Endowment’s work. The Endowment has an active program of translations and original publications in Chinese, including:

    the Endowment’s Chinese-language website, features international affairs content produced in Chinese and translated from Carnegie publications, including Foreign Policy magazine. The material includes articles on economics, Chinese social and political change, Chinese foreign policy, and U.S.-China relations, much of it not available from any other source in China.


    The Endowment’s electronic newsletter is distributed to more than 4,000 high-caliber subscribers. Newsletter articles are regularly reprinted in internal government publications and major Chinese newspapers. Contributions from writers within China are growing.

  • The Hong Kong Journal is an on-line quarterly edited by Robert Keatley, former editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal, and continues to draw a sizeable readership, attracting 17,000 visitors and over 50,000 page views. The main clusters of readers are in Hong Kong, the Washington, DC area, New York City, Singapore, Beijing, London, and Sydney. The Endowment is preparing to launch a Chinese translation of the quarterly.
  • Reframing China Policy: The Carnegie Debates: The series aims to candidly discuss the most pressing issues in U.S.-China relations and to provide the most authoritative information possible to policy makers on Capitol Hill who are shaping U.S. foreign policy. Since its inception in Fall 2006, the China Program has hosted seven debates on the most critical—and controversial—issues involving China's economic, socio-political, and military evolution and their policy implications.
  • Building on the successful establishment of the Carnegie Moscow Center fourteen years ago, and following its century-long practice of adapting to radically-changed global circumstances, the Endowment is undertaking a fundamental re-definition of its role and mission. In a two-day series of events to publicly launch the NEW VISION, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced that it has added operations in Beijing, Beirut, and Brussels to its existing offices in Washington and Moscow, pioneering the idea that a think tank whose mission is to contribute to global security, stability, and prosperity requires a permanent international presence and a multinational outlook at the core of its operations.


The Corporation supports work to redefine the country’s engagement with the world in an era of rapidly advancing globalization. The organizations it supports are engaging experts and policy makers from the United States, China, India, Russia and possibly other countries to generate new knowledge to inform U.S. foreign and security policies.

Carnegie Corporation of New York recently reconfirmed and re-committed its programmatic focus to address the primary concerns to which founder Andrew Carnegie devoted the foundation: international peace and advancing education and knowledge.