CSIS and Maxwell School to Form Partnership

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2013—The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University have formed a unique partnership to develop joint programs and activities.

Both CSIS and the Maxwell School will explore opportunities for collaborative efforts on research, course offerings, conferences, public outreach, and executive education.

“Our collaboration with Maxwell ushers in a new era for CSIS,” said John J. Hamre, President, CEO and Pritzker Chair at CSIS. “Maxwell is the gold standard for public affairs education.  The partnership opens up new possibilities for CSIS in a number of areas, including executive education.”

Maxwell, consistently ranked as America’s number one graduate school of public affairs, will use office space, hold classes, and conduct programs at CSIS’s new building at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue. 

“Think tanks and universities both have a vital role to play in the development of sound public policy,” said James Steinberg, Dean of the Maxwell School and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law.  “They both incubate ideas and talent on which our government and institutions depend.  We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with an institution as prestigious and dynamic as CSIS on this new endeavor.”

For 50 years, CSIS has developed solutions to the world’s greatest policy challenges.  CSIS has been rated the top security and international affairs think tank for the past two years running.

Founded in 1924 as the first U.S. school dedicated to civic engagement and preparing students for careers in public service, Maxwell is renowned for its exceptional teaching, challenging curriculum, cutting-edge faculty research across the social sciences, and the remarkable graduates who are advancing citizenship, scholarship, and leadership around the world.


The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that seeks to advance global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision-makers.

Founded in 1924 as the first U.S. school dedicated to preparing students for careers in public service, Maxwell is home to professional degree programs in public administration and international relations, scholarly departments in the social sciences, and undergraduate teaching in many of the same disciplines. Hosting 10 interdisciplinary research institutes, the School is renowned for cutting-edge faculty research, much of it testing the traditional boundaries among theory, policy, and practice. Maxwell’s degree programs produce remarkable graduates in positions of leadership and public service around the world.