Customized ProgramsCSIS develops a wide range of customized executive education programs and comprehensive leadership training for foreign diplomats, federal agencies, and leading corporate executives. Each program is tailored to fit a diverse range of needs and features a combination of opportunities including:
- In-depth seminars with global policy experts
- Professional skill-building workshops
- Carefully crafted crisis simulations
- Site visits across Washington, D.C.
CSIS’s highly respected programs provide opportunities for rising leadership within U.S. and international government institutions to hone their foreign policy understanding and professional skills. CSIS has created programs for a variety of U.S. government agencies as well as defense and foreign affairs ministries from around the world.
Corporate and NGO Leadership
CSIS combines training in strategic and tactical leadership with geopolitical seminars to ensure that executives gain an understanding of the growing complexity of major public policy issues and business implications on a global scale and the skills to transform their organizations to answer those challenges.
CSIS hosts students from a number of U.S. and foreign educational institutions to inform future leaders about the complexities of foreign policy and the skills and outlook necessary for career success in the global arena.
Understanding Washington is an educational course for embassy, business, and nonprofit professionals in Washington, D.C. It is intended to provide professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate the policy ecosystem.
AIF challenges rising global leaders to think critically about the intellectual, ethical, cultural, and policy questions that are central to effective leadership in today’s world. This week-long program strengthens each Fellow’s professional skills, leadership potential, and understanding of important foreign policy challenges in a collaborative, cross-sector, and multicultural atmosphere.
The CSIS Women's Global Leadership Program is designed for rising women leaders who wish to deepen their understanding of critical geopolitical trends in order to thrive in a complex and competitive global environment. Participants join a select network of mid- to senior-level women in a year-long program with quarterly seminars on global contexts and challenges, geopolitics, and navigating D.C. Fellows also hone professional skills in executive leadership and communication.
The China Power Project offers annual executive training programs for government ministries of defense and foreign affairs from the Asia-Pacific region. Each program brings 15-20 mid-level foreign officials or military officers to Washington, DC for seminars on international security and foreign affairs.
CSIS Practicum in Journalism: Reporting on International Affairs
The CSIS Practicum in Journalism: Reporting on International Affairs is an initiative that connects rising journalists with policy experts and multimedia producers to tell pressing stories from around the globe. Each year, students from four universities are invited to complete an intensive week of workshops at CSIS that allow them to gain a meaningful understanding of global issues and the nuances of international reporting in an evolving media landscape. Students complete the practicum by producing a digital story on a subject of global significance, providing a permanent example of their talent as well as the knowledge gained over their time at CSIS. Explore the stories and their experience here.