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.

ISP tackles one of the most robust and ambitious research agendas in the field. It covers conventional political-military issues, including defense strategy and policy, acquisition and industry, counterterrorism and homeland security, U.S. nuclear policy, WMD proliferation, defense budget analysis, missile defense, strategic futures, and security cooperation. ISP is also committed to addressing a growing range of nonmilitary issues defining U.S. foreign and security policy.

Nonpartisan/bipartisan analysis of the ongoing defense and security challenges facing the nation provides Congress, the Executive branch, and industry the information needed to make tough decisions. ISP assembles top-level leaders and provides the platform for them to define critical issues and explain the impact nationally and globally.

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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 United States safe.

    • Harold Brown Chair in Defense Studies

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

    • 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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    Analysis and policy recommendations for mitigating and responding to global threats and instability.

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    "Track 2" participants from the United States, United Kingdom, and France seek to engage, discuss, and build consensus on nuclear issues.

  • An Independent Review of U.S. Defense Strategy in the Asia-Pacific Focusing on Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships

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    A source of analysis on both the process and outcomes of defense budget decisionmaking. 

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    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.

  • An initiative designed to amplify the voices of women in foreign policy, national security, and international business.

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    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. 

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

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    The Maritime Security Dialogue is a public, on-the-record speaker series on maritime security issues co-led by CSIS and the U.S. Naval Institute. It serves as a unique source of insights into the current thinking and future challenges for the sea services.

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

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  • Program Coordinator, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG)
    (202) 775-3183

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