Securing Our Future

A campaign to carry CSIS forward for the coming decades

November 9, 2017

America stands at a pivotal moment. For the past century, the United States has been the most powerful force for peace, prosperity, and stability in a chaotic and often dangerous world. But today we stand as a nation uncertain of our role in the world and suffering from hyper polarization. At the heart of this failing is an inability to govern across party lines. Most think tanks exacerbate this problem, focused on partisan advocacy rather than policy research or effective solutions.

Founded in 1962, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) stands out as a beacon in this fog. Our founding premise was that no significant policy will endure without bipartisan support. Committed to providing objective, independent analysis and policy recommendations for leaders in government and the private sector, CSIS has been consistently ranked as one of the top five think tanks in the world and was named the world’s #1 defense and national security think tank for the past seven years by the University of Pennsylvania. No other think tank does more to bring Republicans and Democrats together on the major foreign policy issues of the day.

About the Campaign

Securing Our Future is a campaign to carry CSIS forward for the coming decades. This campaign will ensure that CSIS can remain a premier think tank in Washington—through our outstanding depth of program expertise and our power to convene—and one of the only genuine bipartisan institution in the Washington policy community. More importantly, this campaign will ensure that CSIS can address the greatest challenges facing America and the world, helping the public and private sectors bring prosperity and security to all people.

Our Impact

CSIS is unique in its ability to bring together stakeholders from all sides of an issue to explore practical and relevant solutions to the toughest global challenges. We are recognized by our peers and by leaders from all sectors for the strength of our convening power, and we use this power to look to the future, anticipate change, and provide strategic advice and guidance to solve complex and ever-changing global issues.

Our building at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., has allowed us to host world leaders, key U.S. government officials, corporate CEOs, and foreign dignitaries for these important dialogues. Last year, we held over 2,000 events, ranging from high-level briefings and summits to broad-reaching public forums.

Our Programs

Through our over 30 program areas, CSIS draws on a wealth of expertise to analyze and address the major issues facing our world today. From our #1 ranked defense and national security teams to our highly regarded energy and global health programs to our deep and multifaceted Asia team, CSIS has the top strategic minds looking at these issues. Our regional program areas span the entire globe, and our programs in prosperity, development, and human rights connect directly to critical areas of world concern.


CSIS’s program heads bring their expertise from key positions in government, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to develop applicable and pragmatic policy strategies. We are also more than just the sum of our parts. Our programs often collaborate across regions and issues to frame and address problems in unique and creative ways.

Support the Campaign

CSIS is uniquely positioned to address the greatest challenges facing America and the world, helping the public and private sectors bring prosperity and security to all people. However, we lack the financial foundation of our competitors. For this reason, CSIS has launched the Securing Our Future campaign to raise $75 million that will carry the institution forward for another 50 years. This campaign will ensure that CSIS can become a premier think tank in Washington and one of the only genuine bipartisan institutions in the Washington policy community.


Join us on this journey and help envision the future of CSIS.