Source description last updated: 22 March 2018.
In brief:
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a US-American bi-partisan non-profit organisation providing research on political, economic, energy- and security-related issues for decision makers.
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“At the height of the Cold War in 1962, Admiral Arleigh Burke and David Abshire founded the Center for Strategic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The institution was dedicated to the simple but urgent goal of finding ways for the United States to survive as a nation and prosper as a people.” (CSIS website: A brief history, undated)
“In 1987, CSIS split from Georgetown University and became an independent non-profit organisation.” (CSIS website: A brief history, undated; New York Times: Despite Success, Research Centers Are Rebuffed by 2 Major Universities, 28 November 1987).“Today, CSIS is one of the world’s preeminent public policy institutions on foreign policy and national security issues. […] With its traditional defense and security programs, initiatives focused on global challenges such as health and energy, and research projects dedicated to every corner of the globe, CSIS is well-positioned for another 50 years of providing strategic insights and policy solutions to the world’s decisionmakers.” (CSIS website: A brief history, undated)
“CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change.” (CSIS website: About us, undated)
Donations from individuals, private foundations, corporations and government agencies. According to the CSIS website, operating revenue for fiscal year ending 30 September 2016 was at 43.8 million US Dollars. (CSIS website: Financial Information, undated)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Global.
Thematic focus: Defence and security, economic developments and reconstruction, energy and climate change, global health, global trends and forecasting, governance, technology, trade and economics.
“We represent no outside interests.  We hire experienced and innovative scholars and former government and private sector officials to conduct analytic research and develop policy prescriptions.  These scholars work with a broad array of stakeholders inside and outside government, in the public and private sector, and within the United States and internationally to develop objective findings and pragmatic and effective recommendations.
Three fundamental principles have guided CSIS’s work for five decades: (1) bipartisanship; (2) scholar independence; and (3) analytic rigor.” (Hamre, John J.: Ethics and Accountability at CSIS, undated)
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2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report:
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