Directories, Databases, and Search Engine for Research Institutes and Their Products
NOTE: Specialized research institutes are also found on the Peace, Conflict Resolution, and International Security, American Foreign Policy, Global Environment, European Union, and International Development pages of this site, among others.
Policy Online-- "Easy access to much of the best
Australian social, economic, cultural and political
research available online... a news service and library
specialising in Australian public policy reports and
articles from academic research centres, think tanks,
government and non-government organisations."
Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports-- From the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the University of Pennsylvania, descriptive and analytical results of an annual "international survey of over 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers, and journalists who helped rank more than 6,500 think tanks using a set of 18 criteria developed by the TTCSP."
Harvard Kennedy School Library Think Tank Search-- "A custom Google search of more than 600 U.S. and non-U.S. think tank websites... [i.e.] institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity."
Council-- "Promotes constructive leadership and
engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic
Community's central role in meeting global challenges." Up
to date news and analysis with policy papers, reports, and
more online. Note the various policy
• British American Security Information
Council-- An independent research organization
that analyzes government policies in defense,
disarmament, military strategy, and nuclear issues.
• Brookings Institution-- The oldest
think tank in the U.S., seeks to improve the performance
of American institutions, the effectiveness of government
programs, and the quality of U.S. public policies,
including foreign policy. Note both the Foreign Policy and the Research
sections for international analysis and commentary.
• Carnegie Council for Ethics in
International Affairs-- Fine large site from an
independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. organization
dedicated to research and education in the areas of
international ethics, war and peace, global social
justice, and religion in politics. Posts a wide range of
videos, "research papers, articles, and annotated
collections of materials."
• Carnegie Endowment for International Peace-- Conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, and publishes the quarterly journal Foreign Policy. Specialties are "particularly in the areas of Russia and Eurasia, China, the Indian subcontinent/South Asia, globalization, nonproliferation and security affairs." Many publications are posted online, such as policy briefs, working papers, and reports. The Carnegie Endowment has other centers in Moscow, Beirut, and Brussels, the latter for the EU.
for Security Studies-- "At ETH Zurich, specialises
in research, teaching, and the provision of electronic
services in international and Swiss security policy. An
academic institute with a major think-tank capacity, it
has a wide network of partners." Posts Strategic Trends,
"a concise annual analysis of major developments in world
affairs, with a primary focus on international security."
Strategic and International Studies-- Leading U.S.
public policy research institution, with many online
studies and multimedia resources on country and regional
situations and key functional areas, such as international
finance, U.S. domestic and economic policy, and U.S.
foreign policy and national security issues.
• Center for Transatlantic Relations-- At Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, "a non-profit research center that engages opinion leaders on contemporary challenges facing Europe and North America. The goal of the Center is to strengthen and reorient transatlantic relations to the dynamics of a globalizing world." Posts articles, policy studies, conference proceedings, and news on the topic.
• Centre for International Governance
Innovation-- "Independent, nonpartisan [Canadian]
think tank that addresses international governance
challenges... supports research, forms networks, advances
policy debate, builds capacity, and generates ideas for
multilateral governance improvements." Site posts blogs
and CIGI's research products in many forms.
House-- Home of the Royal Institute of International
Affairs, this is the UK's foremost, world-class institute
for international affairs research and is publisher of The
World Today and International Affairs. Posts
many briefing papers, reports, news, and press releases on
global and regional matters.
• Council on Foreign Relations-- The
most influential private organization in U.S. foreign
policy, whose ranks include nearly all past and present
senior U.S. government officials who deal with
international matters, renowned scholars, and leaders of
business, media, human rights, humanitarian, and other
nongovernmental groups. This excellent site posts Council
studies, with much current and archived analytical
material online about international relations and U.S.
foreign policy, by region and topic.The Topics Index
is very useful. The Council's prestigious journal Foreign
Affairs has contents and some full-text articles
and book reviews online, with archive, plus links to
related online resources. The Global Governance Monitor is "a
tool that shows how the international community
is doing in addressing the most daunting threats that it
faces." The Global
Conflict Tracker "is an interactive guide to ongoing
conflicts around the world of concern to the United
States. The interactive covers nearly thirty conflicts
with background information and resources on each
• European Council on Foreign Relations-- "Award-winning international think-tank that aims to conduct cutting-edge independent research; provide a safe meeting space for policy-makers, activists and intellectuals to share ideas; offer a media platform to get Europeans talking about their role in the world."
• European Leadership Network-- "Works to advance the idea of a cooperative and cohesive Europe and to develop the collaborative European capacity to address the pressing foreign, defence, and security policy challenges of our time." Posts reports, publications, news, and other resources on the topic.
House-- Many online studies ranking countries on
measures of freedom, such as the annual Freedom of the
Press, the annual Freedom in the World, informative
backgrounders and other publications, are offered by this
nonprofit, nonpartisan U.S. organization dedicated to
promoting democracy around the world.
• Gateway House: Indian
Council on Global Relations-- From Mumbai, a
"foreign policy think-tank... to engage India’s leading
corporations and individuals in debate and scholarship on
India’s foreign policy and its role in global affairs...
independent and non-partisan... based on intellectual
scholarship." Posts much information and analysis on the
• German Council on Foreign Relations-- "Germany’s network for foreign policy. As an independent, non-partisan, and nonprofit membership organization, think tank, and publisher the DGAP has been promoting public debate on foreign policy in Germany for over 50 years." Posts policy-oriented research products, blogs, and the online Berlin Policy Journal. The Library is useful for research pointers and some online materials.
Institute of Global and Area Studies-- Major
research institute focusing on Africa, Asia, Latin
America, and the Middle East, in the context of major
global questions about democracy, globalization, global
power shifts, governance, emerging powers, violence and
security, and other systemic issues. Posts many studies on
• Henry L. Stimson Center-- Nonprofit,
nonpartisan U.S. institution "devoted to enhancing
international peace and security through a unique
combination of rigorous analysis and outreach." Posts
publications in the research areas of transnational
threats, regional security, and effective institutions.
• Heritage Foundation-- A
conservative U.S. think tank aiming to spread the ideas of
free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom,
traditional American values, and a strong national
defense. Policy papers online. Note the Index
of Economic Freedom, "a practical reference guide to
the world's economies. It includes country-by-country
analyses and the most up-to-date data available on foreign
investment codes, taxes, tariffs, banking regulations,
monetary policy, black markets, and more,"co-published
with The Wall Street Journal.
• Hoover Institution on War, Revolution
and Peace-- U.S. public policy research center at
Stanford University, on domestic and international
affairs, with ongoing programs of policy-oriented research
in economics, political science, history, international
relations, law, and other disciplines. Note the Hoover Digest, which "offers
informative writing on politics, economics, and history by
the scholars and researchers of the Hoover Institution..."
• Institute for Security and Development
Policy-- From Stockholm, "dedicated to expanding
understanding of international affairs, particularly the
interrelationship between the issue areas of conflict,
security and development. The Institute’s primary areas of
geographic focus are Asia and Europe’s neighborhood," with
many publications online.
• Jamestown Foundation-- Nonpartisan U.S. research institute aiming to "inform and educate policy makers and the broader policy community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States." Main emphasis is on terrorism and the Eurasian region. News items, many insightful publications by a global network of experts, and several free e-mail newsletters are available.
• Japan Institute of International Affairs-- "Private, nonpartisan policy think-tank focused on foreign affairs and security issues. In addition to a wide range of research projects, the Institute promotes dialogues and joint studies with other institutions and experts at home and abroad, examines Japanese foreign policy and makes proposals to the government, and disseminates information on international relations to the public." Posts many studies in English, reflecting Japanese perspectives on international issues.
• Lowy Institute for International Policy-- "An independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. Ranked as Australia's top think tank, the Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on the trends shaping Australia and the world and fresh policy options on these questions."
• Netherlands Institute for International Relations ("Clingendael")-- The leading Dutch international affairs research organization. "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." Posts many studies and online newsletter.
• Open Canada-- "Canada’s hub for international affairs," from the Canadian International Council, to "advance debate on international issues across academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors." Posts features, topics, and other relevant Canadian content.
• Peterson Institute for International
Economics-- A highly-regarded, private, nonprofit,
nonpartisan American research institution devoted to the
study of international economic policy, especially in
anticipating emerging issues and offering "practical
ideas, presented in user-friendly formats, to inform and
shape public debate." Many working papers, policy briefs,
speeches, testimonies, and so forth are online.
• Population Reference Bureau-- Superb
for authoritative data and analysis on world, regional,
and national population and demographics trends. Features
a large multimedia repository. Note their Annual
Report and their annual World Population Data
Sheet for "up-to-date demographic, health, and
environment data for all the countries and major regions
of the world." Search for data and analysis by topic,
region, or country. The handy DataFinder has data on "133
population, health, and environment variables for more
than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, and
the world as a whole." The quarterly Population
Bulletins on selected topics are very useful.
• RAND Corporation-- A nonprofit U.S.
institution providing research and analysis for policy and
decisionmaking. Sign up for e-mail notices about the free
online RAND Review and other features, such
as articles and news about RAND research products.
Numerous excellent studies about international issues are
posted, so check the publications page, among others.
RAND publishes some of its conference
proceedings. For a European issues perspective,
check the website of RAND Europe, based in the UK.
• Royal United Services Institute-- World-class "independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research," in London, with expertise "utilised by governments, parliament and other key stakeholders." Posts authoritative studies online-- "rigorous, expert and objective analysis of current trends and developments"-- some free and some for members only.
• Russian International Affairs Council-- Organization whose mission is "to facilitate the prospering of Russia through its integration in the global world... a link between the state, expert community, business and civil society in an effort to find foreign policy solutions." Large site posts studies on Russian foreign policy, Russian views of world affairs, and general analysis.
Foundation-- U.S. research institute that is
"focused on promoting and building support for principled
multilateralism in addressing international issues."
Pursues policy initiatives on several major current issues
and posts many conference reports and bulletins.
International-- Transparency International is the
"leading global non-governmental organisation devoted to
combating corruption." Their many corruption surveys,
indexes, and reports rank "the home countries of the
payers of international bribes" and rank "countries in
terms of the degree to which they are perceived to be the
homes of bribe-takers-- public officials who abuse their
office for personal gain."
States Institute of Peace-- The mission of the USIP is to strengthen
the nation's capabilities to promote the peaceful
resolution of international conflicts. Institute project
reports, briefings, event summaries, and news items are
available online, with archives and extensive links on
conflict topics. Note the Publications & Tools section
and the Research Centers in International
Relations on the Web directory, by country. Peace Terms is an "extensive
glossary [that] provides short definitions of a wide
range of complex and often confusing terms used in the
field of conflict resolution."
• Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars-- Offers fellowships for scholars in residence in Washington, D.C., and researches issues of concern to official policy, hosting seminars and conferences, and producing publications and broadcasts. Site has information about these programs and projects, and many of their publications.