Mission & Vision

Innovative Ideas Changing the World

For three decades, Stimson has been a leading voice on urgent global issues. Founded in the twilight years of the Cold War, the Stimson Center pioneered practical new steps toward stability and security in an uncertain world. Today, as changes in power and technology usher in a challenging new era, Stimson is at the forefront: Engaging new voices, generating innovative ideas and analysis, and building solutions to promote international security, prosperity, and justice.


Stimson matches academic rigor with real-world experience, on-the-ground field research, and engagement with new perspectives and uncommon constituencies. Technology has empowered countless new actors who are essential to tackling today’s transnational threats. From Mozambique to Myanmar, Saigon to Stockholm, and countless places in between, Stimson researchers are deeply engaged with people and problems around the world.


Stimson research programs are at the forefront of policy innovation and are strongly committed to excellence and independence. Our policy proposals and analyses are grounded in the real world, informed by experience, used by policymakers, and reflect our values. Stimson’s global reach and local networks keep us in touch with the rapidly changing international environment.


Often, understanding a problem and making recommendations is not enough. That is why Stimson turns good ideas into reality by field-testing proposals and supporting implementations in the real world. We apply our research in numerous ways, from building tools, prototyping new technologies, and creating datasets, to working with local leaders and training government officials. 

A Modern Research Program

Stimson organizes its work in cross-program research areas: Nonproliferation, Technology and Trade, Resources and Climate, International Order and Conflict, Asia, and US Foreign Policy.

THE STIMSON CENTER promotes international security, shared prosperity & justice through applied research and independent analysis, deep engagement, and policy innovation.

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