Carnegie Corporation Awards $3.9 million to Identify Innovative Solutions to Pressing Foreign Policy Challenges

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Carnegie Corporation of New York announced seven grants totaling $3.9 million to identify innovative solutions to foreign and security policy challenges facing the United States by bringing independent expertise to bear on critical issues confronting policymakers.  The grants are part of a larger package of international security grants announced for the third quarter of the foundation’s fiscal year. 

Scholars at independent institutions, including think tanks and university-based centers, will conduct policy-relevant research and analysis on some of today’s most pressing issues including U.S. relations with Russia; regional security in South Asia; managing the rise of China and other emerging powers; contending with weak and fragile states; and preventing nuclear proliferation. The grants aim to better understand and elucidate complex issues, generate new insights, and develop actionable and effective recommendations for the policymaking community.

Seven organizations have received Carnegie Corporation support:



A $940,000 grant to Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government will support an effort in the School’s Eurasia Program to bring together senior-level military officers and government officials from the United States and Russia, and from the United States and South Asia, for substantive discussions on critical global challenges through separate programs. The meetings, which also expose the participants to U.S. and other experts on international relations, will contribute to strengthening confidence and identifying common approaches to problem-solving.

The Brookings Institution received a $700,000 grant to generate non-partisan analysis, research and conceptual frameworks on issues pertaining to global governance in light of emerging powers; the implications of the Eurozone crisis; nuclear security in the context of U.S.-Russian relations; and the Asia-Pacific maritime security architecture.  The grant will also fund competitive pre-doctoral research fellowships on these issues.

A $500,000 grant to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs will help increase public awareness in the United States of global issues and trends. Corporation funding will support the Council’s development of a lecture series on advancing ethical inquiry and assist it to create, shape and distribute multi-media content through its Carnegie Ethics Studio.

Council on Foreign Relations received a $450,000 grant to develop a Council of Councils, a global network of decision makers from leading think tanks and foreign policy organizations in both developed and emerging nations working on policy analysis for decision-makers in their respective countries.  The grant will also continue support for a series of award-winning interactive online guides to critical global issues, known as the Crisis Guides.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology received a $900,000 grant to support the Security Studies Program which will lead to assessments of some of the most urgent foreign policy issues including North Korea and its nuclear program; Chinese military doctrine and strategy; Indo-Pakistani relations; and global geostrategic trends. The Program will also train several dozen graduate students and fellows to become the next generation of political science scholars and policy practitioners.

A $250,000 grant to the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies at the National Defense University will support a project to review and assess the substance of the relationship between NATO and Russia, focusing on both the opportunities and the institutional impediments to improving the relationship. Research and public outreach generated by the project will address actionable approaches to engaging Russia in trans-Atlantic security.

A $200,000 grant to the Foreign Policy Association will help establish the Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture to both honor and advance the work of former Carnegie Corporation President David Hamburg, who led the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict (1994-1999) and authored No More Killing Fields: Preventing Deadly Conflict in 2002. The lecture series will focus on preventing deadly conflict and mitigating its most dangerous consequences, an imperative which Dr. Hamburg has written, “need[s] to be understood by publics everywhere.”

The goal of Carnegie Corporation’s international peace and security work is to promote a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world, with programs in the areas of nuclear security, global power dynamics, and states in transition. Through grants and other activities, the Corporation aims to assess and understand the implications of geostrategic shifts among pivotal powers for the United States; helps to bring together academia and policymakers to seek solutions to foreign and security policy challenges facing the United States; and facilitates the inclusion of international perspectives in developing policy choices through international engagements.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York


Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.