Center for Strategic and International Studies

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a Washington, D.C.-based foreign policy think tank. Founded in 1964 originally as part of Georgetown University, CSIS is a fully independent institution that conducts policy studies and strategic analyses on political, economic and security issues.

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Structure

CSIS is a bipartisan institution guided by a 19-member board of trustees, which is chaired by Sam Nunn, the former Georgia Senator who was also the longtime chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Other notable trustees include Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, R. James Woolsey and Brent Scowcroft. The current president and CEO is John Hamre, former Deputy Secretary of Defense. He has held the position since April 2000. CSIS employs approximately 190 staff members.

Funding

For 2004, CSIS had an operating budget of $22 million, 85 percent of which is funded from corporate, foundation and individual contributions. The remainder comes from endowments, publication sales and government contracts.

Goals and description

In order 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, free trade and technology.

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