Research Institutes and Think Tanks

Aspen Institute Italia

Aspen Institute Italia is an international non-profit association dedicated to an in-depth discussion and a high level exchange of information and values. The Institute’s mission is to internationalize entrepreneurial, political and cultural leadership in Italy, as well as promoting a free exchange among different cultures, so as to identify and enhance common ideas, values and interests. The Aspen Institute was founded in the United States in 1950 by a group of American intellectuals and businessmen; in Italy the Institute was created in 1984 and has its headquarters in Rome and an office in Milan.

Baker Institute

The Baker Institute is strictly non-partisan and dedicated to the highest standards of intellectual excellence and integrity with the goal of helping bridge the gap between the theory and practice of public policy by drawing together experts from academia, government, the media, business, and non-governmental organizations.

Brookings Institution

One of Washington’s oldest think tanks, is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education with an emphasis on economics, foreign policy, governance, and metropolitan policy.

Carnegie Endowment for Peace

Private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results.

Carter Center

The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, the Atlanta-based Center has helped to improve the quality of life for people in more than 65 countries.

Center for International Policy

It’s mission is to promote a U.S. foreign policy based on international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for basic human rights. Founded in 1975.

Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)

The CNS strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis. CNS at the Monterey Institute of International Studies is the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues.

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

For four decades has been dedicated to providing world leaders with strategic insights on (and policy solutions to) current and emerging global issues. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CSIS is private, nonpartisan, and tax-exempt.

Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence

It aims to investigate the roots of political violence, to develop a body of theory spanning its various disparate elements, and to study the impact of violence, and responses to it, at societal, governmental, and international levels. Established in 1994.

Centre for Security Policy

Since its founding in 1988, has operated as a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength. It accomplishes this goal by stimulating and informing national and international policy debates, in particular, those involving regional, defense, economic, financial and technology developments that bear upon the security of the United States.

Centre National Pour La Recherche Scientifique

The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is a public basic-research organization that defines its mission as producing knowledge and making it available to society. The CNRS has 26,000 employees (among which 11,600 researchers and 14,400 engineers and technical and administrative staff). Its budget amounts to 2,214 million euros for the year 2004. The 1,260 CNRS service and research units are spread throughout the country and cover all fields of research.

Chatham House

One of the world’s leading organizations for the analysis of international issues. It is membership-based and aims to help individuals and organizations to be at the forefront of developments in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world. (Formerly, Royal Institute of International Affairs)

Comparative Democratization Project

This project attempts to overcome the traditional division between academic disciplines and area studies to understand the global transformations in democratization, international relations and comparative politics. Sponsored by the Institute for International Studies of Stanford University.

Council on Foreign Relations

Independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments. Founded in 1921.

Elcano Royal Institute

The Elcano Royal Institute is an independent, private foundation whose primary goal is to act as a leading forum for research and analysis and to stimulate informed discussion of international affairs, particularly with regard to those issues which are most relevant from a Spanish perspective.

Freedom House

A non-profit, nonpartisan organization, its mission is to be a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world. Through a vast array of international programs and publications, is working to advance the remarkable worldwide expansion of political and economic freedom.


FRIDE (La Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior) is a private, independent, non-profit foundation based in Madrid, Spain. Its objective is to contribute to the consolidation of democracy, peace, respect for human rights, and human development.

Henry L. Stimson Center

A nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach.

Hiroshima Peace Institute (HPI)

The HPI engages in a variety of research activities relating to peace, inspired by the city’s historical experience as the first city in the world to experience devastation by a nuclear weapon. The HPI devotes itself to the tasks of contributing to the development of a peaceful local community and the realization of world peace by conducting research on nuclear disarmament with a view to achieving the ultimate goals of the complete disarmament and elimination of nuclear weapons and the peaceful resolution of all problems confronting international society. Established 1998.

Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy (both domestic and foreign) as well as international affairs.

Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting strengthens local journalism in areas of conflict. By training reporters, facilitating dialogue and providing reliable information, it supports peace, democracy and development in societies undergoing crisis and change.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)

Created in 1995, it’s an inter-governmental organization with member states from all continents, and has a mandate to support sustainable democracy worldwide. IDEA’s objective is to help improve the design of key democratic institutions and processes through improved knowledge and understanding of issues that condition democratic progress.

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world’s leading authority on political-military conflict. Based in London, is both a limited company in UK law and a registered charity. It has offices in the US and in Singapore. It was founded in 1958 in the UK by a number of individuals interested in how to maintain civilised international relations in the nuclear age.

International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism

The International Policy Institute seeks international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism, paving the way for multilateral action against terrorist networks, benefactors, and states sponsoring terrorism.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

A nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Calling on a global network of volunteer experts, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions.

National Endowment for Democracy

Private, nonprofit organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.

National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT)

The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing terrorism on U.S. soil or mitigating its effects. This website includes de Terrorism Knowledge Base, a comprehensive databank of global terrorist incidents and organizations.

Netherlands Institute for International Relations

Known as ‘Clingendael’, is objective is to promote the understanding of international affairs. Special attention is devoted to European integration, transatlantic relations, international security, conflict studies, policy making on national and international energy markets, negotiations and diplomacy, and to the United Nations and other international organisations.

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 1959 in order to promote a better understanding of international issues in Norway. NUPI has sought to achieve this by undertaking a wide range of research activities and by disseminating information on international issues. The Institute has an independent position in studying matters of relevance to Norwegian foreign policy and economic relations.

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

PRIF’s work is directed towards identifying the causes of violent international and internal conflicts, carrying out research into the conditions necessary for peace, understood as a process of decreasing violence and increasing justice, and spreading the concepts of peace.

Rand Corporation

Nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world.


Statewatch is a non-profit-making voluntary group founded in 1991. It is comprised of lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists. Its European network of contributors is drawn from 13 countries. Statewatch encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in Europe the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

SIPRI is an independent international institute for research into problems of peace and conflict, especially those of arms control and disarmament. It was established in 1966 to commemorate Sweden’s 150 years of unbroken peace.

Tampere Peace Research Institute

Founded by the Finnish Parliament in 1969, desde 1994 TAPRI is an independent research centre, affiliated with the Research Institute for Social Sciences (RISS), of the University of Tampere. Its research is focused on the study of peaceful change and transition.

The Center for War and Peace Studies

Non-profit, tax-exempt U.S. organization incorporated in 1977, is a “think tank” located in the United Nations backyard. The central objective of the CW/PS is to establish an international political and legal system that will make possible the abolition of war.

The Century Foundation

This institution has called attention to facts and analyses that have corrected widespread misconceptions and provided policymakers with new ideas for addressing the challenges facing the United States. Founded in 1919 and formerly known as Twentieth Century Fund)

The Terrorism Research Center (TRC)

Independent institute dedicated to the research of terrorism, information warfare and security, critical infrastructure protection, homeland security, and other issues of low-intensity political violence and gray-area phenomena. Founded in 1996.

Transatlantic Institute

The Transatlantic Institute, founded in 2004, is an educational charity which promotes a new understanding of international issues, free of political partisanship and institutional bias. The Institute fosters discussion and analysis, bringing together a wide range of individuals with an interest in international affairs.

United States Institute for Peace

Independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts. Established in 1984

Woodrow Wilson International Center

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars aims to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington

World Policy Institute

The Institute seeks to offer innovative policy proposals for public debate with the goal of developing an internationalist consensus on the measures needed for the management of a world market economy, the development of a workable system of collective security, and the creation of an active transnational civil society.

International Organizations

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is the continent’s oldest political organisation, founded in 1949. It groups together 46 countries, including 21 countries from Central and Eastern Europe, is distinct from the 25-nation European Union, but no country has ever joined the Union without first belonging to the Council of Europe and has its headquarters in Strasbourg (France).

European Union

The European Union or EU is an international organisation of 25 European states, established with that name by the Treaty on European Union (commonly known as the Maastricht treaty) in 1992 but many aspects of it existing since the 1950s.

UN / Action Against Terrorism

News, events and debates on the United Nations on the measures to eliminate international terrorism.

NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)

Amnesty International

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Enough is enough!

The Civic Initiative “Enough is Enough!”, made up of people of differing ideologies, welcomes any citizen willing to play an active part provided they adhere to three basic principles: against terrorism of any sort, regardless of origin or intensity; support for all victims of terrorism or of political violence; defend the Rule of Law, the Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country.

Intermón Oxfam

NGO dedicated to fight poverty around the world. Its work is centered in four areas: projects for cooperation on development, humanitarian relief, right commerce and social mobilization. See also (Spanish)

Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is an international relief and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people. It is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984 by Dr Hany El Banna.

The Atlantic Council of Canada

Established in 1966, the Atlantic Council of Canada (ACC) is an independent, non-profit, organization dedicated to the idea that the transatlantic relationship between Canada, the nations of Europe and the United States is of critical importance to Canadians in cultural, security and economic terms. The Council’s mandate is to promote a broader and deeper understanding of international peace and security issues relating to NATO.

Transparency International

Transparency International, the only international non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption, brings civil society, business, and governments together in a powerful global coalition.