International Security Program

International Security Program

The CSIS International Security Program (ISP) is a constant source of reliable analysis on the threats and opportunities shaping U.S. security interests at home and abroad.

The International Security Program (ISP) boasts a staff of more than 40 in-house scholars and researchers, taking on one of the most robust and ambitious research agendas in the field. Building on a solid foundation of conventional political-military issues, ISP is also committed to addressing a growing range of nonmilitary aspects defining U.S. foreign and security policy.

Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks directs the International Security Program and holds the Henry A. Kissinger Chair. Established in 1983, the Chair has pursued scholarship and dialogues on international politics, diplomacy, and national security policy, while commemorating Dr. Kissinger’s commitment and contributions to CSIS since 1963, as well as his continuing influence on U.S. policy.

ISP’s leadership also includes Mark Cancian, senior adviser, Rebecca Hersman, senior adviser and director of the Project on Nuclear Issues, Andrew Hunter, senior fellow and director of the Defense-Industrial Initatives Group, Todd Harrison, senior fellow and director of Defense Budget Analysis, Dr. Thomas Karako, senior fellow of the Missile Defense Project, Dr. Clark A. Murdock, senior adviser, and Sharon Squassoni, senior fellow and director of the Proliferation Prevention Program.



  • Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group

    The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) focuses on issues related to the health and management of national security programs, the defense industry, and government contracting and acquisition, with an emphasis on the current and future budget and resource environment.

  • U.S. Defense and National Security

    The U.S. Defense and National Security team provides analysis for U.S. policymakers by focusing on the institutions, processes, and policies that keep the Unites States safe.

  • Harold Brown Chair in Defense Studies

    Examining the strategic challenges to U.S. national security posed by 21st century threats.

  • Bomber over the Pacific

    The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) aims to build and sustain a networked community of young nuclear experts from the military, national laboratories, industry, academia, and policy communities.

  • Missile Defense Project

    Authoritative analysis on missile defense and related issues.

  • Proliferation Prevention

    The core mission of the Proliferation Prevention Program at CSIS is to help bridge the divides and offer independent research and analysis that help inform and shape effective policies.

  • Homeland Security

    The CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program shapes the policies needed to enhance U.S. and global security in the 21st Century.

  • Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation (C3)

    A leading source of analysis on societies affected by crisis and conflict. C3 makes recommendations on cooperative strategies for crisis response and conflict management.

  • An ongoing research effort to identify and analyze the most important trends shaping our world out to the year 2035.


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    A source of analysis on both the process and outcomes of defense budget decisionmaking. Also the clock is ticking on the FY16 defense budget. Make your prediction, and see what experts and others are saying.

  • Every year senior officers from the United States Armed Forces are in residence at CSIS where they engage in programs of individual enrichment and research as well as collaboration with various CSIS scholars.

  • The Strategic Futures project aims to integrate new ideas about future trends into policy discussions.

  • Military Strategy Forum Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

    CSIS hosts a series of senior military and civilian leaders from across the Department of Defense to present their unique insights and vision on the direction of U.S. national security and defense policy. 

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    An archive of ISP projects that are completed and no longer active.

  • Sailors remember Pearl Harbor aboard USS Pearl Harbor from Flickr/Official U.S. Navy Imagery

    CSIS is proud to provide world class professional support services on the SeaPort-E contract vehicle to meet the service requirements of all Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Program Executive Offices, Directorates, and field activities.


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