In addition to individual faculty research, SIS houses a number of research centers and initiatives that cover a broad, interdisciplinary range of research and programming activities. These efforts round out the scholarly endeavors and student experiences here at SIS.
Supported largely by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and housed at the School of International Service at American University, Bridging the Gap maintains a core belief that responsible global engagement should be systematically proactive, seeking both to understand significant medium- and long-term global challenges, and to influence strategically how such trends affect U.S. interests and those of the rest of the world.
The Center for North American Studies was established to educate a new generation of students, to promote policy debate among the governments and the public, and to undertake research on ideas for a continental future.
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The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment is an initiative of the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. We are concerned with the social, political, and legal implications of climate engineering technologies. Our public outreach efforts are guided by the observation that, to date, the conversation about climate engineering’s development, deployment, and implications has been confined to a relatively narrow set of voices.
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We prepare transformative disability policy leaders and serve as a collaborative "think tank" on disability policy for the ASEAN region through an unparalleled network of 20 leading universities and 4 outreach partners, with founding and sustained support from The Nippon Foundation.
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TRANSCEND (Transnational Challenges and Emerging Nations Dialogue) is an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance, established at SIS in 2011. It is a worldwide network of academic research centers, policy think-tanks, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations dedicated to developing new approaches to global governance. It specifically aims to forge a shared understanding among the developed and developing countries of how to manage the current diffusion of world power in the face of growing transnational challenges. TRANSCEND creates a collaborative research, teaching, and training framework to study the nexus between transnational challenges and emerging nations and to help scholars and policymakers from the emerging nations better understand and respond to these challenges.
The US-Pakistan Women’s Council was launched by Secretary Clinton in September 2012.The Council is a public-private partnership between the U.S. State Department and American University (AU), supported by the Organization for Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN). We are working with Pakistani and U.S. leaders in industry, academia and civil society to increase economic opportunities for women. We are focused on promoting entrepreneurship, employment, and education.
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