About Stimson


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The Stimson Center is a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank that finds pragmatic solutions to global security challenges. In 2014 Stimson celebrates 25 years of pragmatic research and policy analysis to:

  • Reduce nuclear, environmental and other transnational threats to global, regional, and national security.
  • Enhance policymakers’ and the public’s understanding of the changing global security agenda.
  • Engage civil society and industry in problem-solving to help fill gaps in existing governance structures.
  • Strengthen institutions and processes for a more peaceful world.

Stimson is effective and innovative. It develops path-breaking approaches to non-conventional challenges such as water management, wildlife poaching and responses to humanitarian crises. At the same time, Stimson plays a key role in debates on nuclear proliferation, arms trafficking and defense policy. The MacArthur Foundation recognized Stimson in 2013 with its “institutional genius” Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The Center is funded by research contracts, grants from foundations and other donations. 

Here are just a few examples of how Stimson is currently bringing together experts and activists to solve problems:

We work with civil society in several conflict zones to strengthen international efforts to prevent violence against civilians. Stimson helps governments better protect wildlife and national borders, strengthening security and development, and reducing funding for terrorists from poaching.

International Governance
Stimson is facilitating a more integrated approach to development, peacebuilding and conflict management at the UN, with attention to private sector and civil society roles. We partner with the UN and member states to implement new treaties on arms and security.

Middle East and Asia
Stimson experts offer analysis and innovative policy ideas, based on field work and contact with a wide range of non-state actors, to prevent and mitigate sectarian and regional conflicts in these strategic zones.

River Basin and Water Management Issues
Stimson works in the Mekong, Indus and beyond to facilitate better information sharing and develop smarter approaches to hydropower development. We bring together environmental groups, regional institutions and governments.

South Asia
Stimson is building bridges for improved communications and cooperation on nuclear and environmental issues between India and Pakistan. We are highlighting new voices in these important debates.

United States
Stimson is developing consensus proposals on intelligent ways to reduce defense spending while safeguarding national security.


The Stimson Center is awarded the 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative And Effective Institutions:


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