Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
(1973, Cambridge, MA; 59 staff, 700+ affiliates;

A research center that assesses pressing threats to US national interests and international security in the quarter-century ahead.  “We define international security broadly to include the full array of factors that have a direct bearing on the structure of the international system and the sovereignty of its members, with particular emphasis on the use, threat, and control of force.” Since the early 1990s, the ISP has led an international effort to recognize the threat of terror, analyze its causes, and recommend what the US should do to prevent and fight it.

For this reason, it covers a broad range of regions such as Africa, Asia & the Pacific, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, North America, Russia, South America and South Asia. Furthermore, dedicates permanent research efforts to Conflict & Conflict Resolution, Coronavirus, Economics & Global Affairs, Energy, Environment & Climate Change, Governance, International Relations, International Security & Defense, Nuclear Issues and Science & Technology.




  • An extensive library of 16,000+ scientific papers, analysis, reports, books, briefs, etc.
    • The State of Digital Transformation (Oct. 2018, 58p.) – Proposing A Maturity Model for Digital Services, Finding the Path to Digital Services at Scale, Sustainability and Political Succession, Power in Convening: Why Bringing Digital Groups Together Creates Effective Conversations, The Future of Governance for Digital Platforms.
    • Global Terrorism Index 2018 (Jan. 2019) – Provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 20 years, covering the period from the beginning of 1998 to the end of 2017


Leadership: Ash Carter (Director) and Natalie Colbert (Executive Director)