Membership Groups and Special Events

Through Membership Groups, CSIS offers unique opportunities for individuals to participate in the work of the Center and maintain a direct connection to the Washington policy community.

The Center has three main types of membership groups: International CouncillorsAdvisory Board, and Roundtables. Each level offers a unique opportunity for individuals to engage in timely policy discussions and tap into the vast expertise of CSIS scholars. The groups meet regularly to discuss and analyze breaking issues in foreign policy that reflect the comprehensive research and analysis CSIS produces. Some members also participate in the Center’s ongoing work through involvement in studies, review of programs, or by offering new ideas for future projects.

The International Councillors is one of the Center’s highest-level Membership Groups. It was established by the late Dr. Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, in 1979. Dr. Kissinger chaired this group from its inception until November 2023. This distinguished group is composed of select business leaders drawn from different corners of the world. Many of the International Councillors participate actively in the substantive projects of the Center and their involvement has led to some of CSIS’s most impactful work. 

The Advisory Board, cochaired by Carla Hills and John Hamre, is composed of the Center’s closest friends and advisers, including both public and private sector policymakers, U.S. and international business leaders, and former senior government officials. This invitation-only only group meets twice per year in Washington to discuss breaking policy issues.

The Roundtables enable CSIS to expand its impact, and engage business leaders inside and beyond the Washington beltway. Each Roundtable meets two to three times per year. The meetings provide a forum for timely and innovative discussions between members and CSIS experts about pressing issues in foreign policy.

Please note that CSIS Membership Groups are exclusive and invitation-only.

For more information on CSIS membership groups, please contact Karen Wong at (202) 775-3196 or

Membership Groups

Karen Wong
Senior Vice President for Membership Groups and Special Events, and Corporate Secretary