The international landscape is undergoing significant geopolitical changes, including in the global balance of power. The last few years have witnessed COVID-19, Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and growing Sino-American rivalry. China is attempting to convert its economic power into political power and military might as it seeks to reshape global institutions and norms to be more conducive to its interests. In this environment, CSIS is continuing its effort to cultivate a new generation of leaders able to understand strategy and statecraft. In 2024 we will convene a new group of executives to consider possibilities for crafting order from disorder. In a year-long program, Strategy and Statecraft Fellows will engage with world-leading experts and policy practitioners to better understand the changes taking place in today’s world and the way policymakers in Washington and other foreign capitals perceive the situation.  

Fellowship Participant Benefits  

  • Fellows will acquire knowledge on the practice of statecraft on an array of challenges facing the United States.
  • They will work with scholar practitioners who have served at the highest ranks of the U.S. government, and who are well-published intellectual leaders in the policy field.
  • In this and following years, the Fellowship will create a network of diverse rising national security leaders, drawing on a wide range of career backgrounds and expertise.


Fellowship Qualifications and Expectations

  • Applications are due on January 28, 2024, at 6:00pm EST.
  • Applicants are required to submit an application consisting of the following to be considered for the Fellowship:
    • Brief professional resume or CV.
    • Personal statement (2 pages or less) responding to the following prompt: The 2024 Strategy and Statecraft Program will focus on Strategic Choices in an Era of Disorder and Disruption. In two pages or less, please identify what you see as the top three drivers of disorder and disruption to the global order, implications for the United States, and your recommendations for how the United States should prepare to meet them.
    • 3 professional references, including name, title, phone, and email for each reference.
  • Each applicant should have ten or more years of experience in their chosen career field.
  • Ideal applicants to the program should have some experience with strategic, corporate, or policy planning.
  • Applicants should be interested in national and international policy but need not have deep backgrounds in national security or foreign policy.
  • Fellows will be expected to keep up with 3-5 hours of reading or other materials per month and to contribute personal and professional experiences and views to group discussions.
  • Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must either be based in the Washington, D.C. area or able to travel to Washington, D.C. for monthly dinners at their own expense.
  • CSIS will place a high priority on recruiting a diverse and inclusive cohort.
  • Fellows are expected to attend all dinners and the summit.


The Strategy and Statecraft Fellowship will comprise monthly dinners on key topics in foreign policy, national security, and strategic thought. Dinners will feature participation from current and former senior government officials as well as experts representing diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

The program will conclude with the Strategy and Statecraft Summit in January 2024 at a venue outside of Washington, D.C. The summit will be an intensive multi-day experience, combining an extended war game or simulation, scenario-based discussions, and lectures to tie together the program’s themes and provide Fellows an opportunity to apply the program’s lessons in a professionally relevant manner.

The launch of the Strategy and Statecraft Fellowship was made possible by support from Dr. M.J. Chung, in honor of Dr. Henry Kissinger. Dr. Chung has shared with us an essay about Dr. Kissinger, which can be seen here.


Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program
Emily Harding
Director, Intelligence, National Security, and Technology Program and Deputy Director, International Security Program

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