Our work in Research and Policy
Addressing the major challenges in the complex and ever-changing international peace and security environment requires both knowledge and the practical application of what is learned. In a time of geostrategic shifts and regional conflicts with global implications, strengthening independent expertise residing in think tanks and university-based centers is more important than ever. Equally significant is ensuring that the knowledge and insights generated by this expertise are communicated in a clear, coherent, and timely manner to policymakers in the Executive and Legislative branches of government. Through its portfolio of grants, the Corporation seeks to integrate research with the policymaking process in order to facilitate policies that are empirically rooted, creative, and effective, particularly in the areas of IPS concerns. The objectives for Research and Policy are to:
- Strengthen the capacity of leading think tanks and university-based centers working on international peace and security issues, to make them more strategic, influential, and effective in their research, dissemination, and policy outreach efforts.
- Bridge the gap between scholars and policymakers, to bring insights from academic research to policy and practice, including by exploring new models to enhance scholarly-policy interchange, strengthening networks of policy-relevant scholars, and encouraging changes in academic incentive structures to promote greater appreciation for policy-relevant scholarship and engagement.
- Increase knowledge and awareness of international peace and security issues with a particular focus on congressional members and staffers through targeted educational opportunities and training and special attention paid to helping transcend partisan politics, to help improve the U.S. foreign policymaking process.