Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.

Founded in 1910, Carnegie is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. It is known for excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances, and a commitment to concrete improvements in public policy.

Carnegie launched a revolutionary plan in 2006 to build the first global think tank. Since then it has transformed an American institution into one well prepared to take on the challenges of a globalized world. At Carnegie’s international centers, local experts produce unrivaled work on critical national, regional, and global issues, collaborating closely with colleagues across the world. The result provides capitals and global institutions with a deeper understanding of the circumstances shaping policy choices worldwide as well as a flow of new approaches to policy problems.

Today, Carnegie has research centers in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, Moscow, and Washington as well as a program in Almaty. It is supervised by an international board of trustees and its research activities are overseen by a global management group. More than two-thirds of its current scholars were born outside the United States, nearly all speak languages other than their native tongues, and most have had experience in government. The global think tank has websites in Arabic, Chinese, English, and Russian.

Carnegie does not take institutional positions, does not engage in lobbying, and is not involved in ideological advocacy. Instead, it relies on its independence and the quality of its scholarship to make notable contributions to national policymaking. It welcomes scholars with diverse political views and is acknowledged to be a centrist institution within the American political spectrum.

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Ambassador James F. Collins
Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program


Ambassador James F. Collins, a retired career diplomat, is director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Collins was the U.S. ambassador to Russia from 1997 to 2001.  Before his appointment as ambassador to Russia, he served as ambassador at large for the newly independent states in the mid-1990s and as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Moscow from 1990 to 1993. In addition to three diplomatic postings in Moscow, he also held positions at the U.S. embassy in Jordan and the consulate general in Turkey.  After retirement from government service in 2001 and prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment in 2007, he served as senior adviser at the public law and policy practice group Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Collins has been active on the boards of nonprofit organizations concerned with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with Russia and Eurasia, including the U.S.-Russia Business Council, the U.S.-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Open World Leadership Center.