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This is a list / directory of selected think-tanks and research institutions that have published resources or organized events related to PMCs, PSCs, or the privatization of security broadly. It is likely that their contribution is listed in one of pages and that is the reason they have been added to this directory. However, they offer much more and thus we invite you to explore their websites. This way, perhaps you might be able to find relevant research material or learn about a job opportunity or event you would like to attend.
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Federation of American Scientists. The Federation of American Scientists is engaged in analysis and advocacy on science, technology and public policy concerning global security. A privately-funded non-profit policy organization whose Board of Sponsors includes over 55 American Nobel Laureates:

Foreign Policy In Focus. The project's goal is to forge a new global affairs agenda for the U.S. Government and the U.S. people--one that makes the U.S. a more responsible global leader and global partner. It is a joint effort of the Interhemispheric Resource Center and the Institute for Policy Studies:

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. DCAF, established in October 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss government, encourages and supports States and non-State governed institutions in their efforts to strengthen democratic and civilian control of armed and security forces, and promotes security sector reform in accordance with democratic standards.

Henry L. Stimson Center. Founded in 1989, the Henry L. Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach:

Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt). Four research groups are responsible for carrying out PRIF's research programme. Many of PRIF's research staff teach as professors or lecturers at universities in Hesse or at other universities in Germany and abroad. PRIF has concluded a cooperation agreement with the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt on joint research projects and post-graduate studies. In addition, PRIF provides an average of 15 internships for university students per year:

Hudson Institute. We are a non-partisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom. We challenge conventional thinking and help manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary and collaborative studies in defense, international relations, economics, culture, science, technology, and law:

Go to the MULTIMEDIA page for live webcast of their conference about the New Defense Industry

Human Rights Internet. Founded in 1976, HRI is a world leader in the exchange of information within the worldwide human rights community. A key objective of the organization is to support the work of the global non-governmental community in its struggle to obtain human rights for all. To this end, HRI promotes human rights education, stimulates research, encourages the sharing of information, and builds international solidarity among those committed to the principles enshrined in the International Bill of Human Rights.

Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis.· The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, India is an autonomous body to conduct study and research on problems of national security and the impact of defence measures on the economic, security and social life of the country.

Institute for Security Studies (Institut d'etudes de securité). Our mission is to conceptualise, inform and enhance the debate on human security in Africa in order to support policy formulation and decision making at all levels towards the enhancement of human security for all in Africa.

International Crisis Group. Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with over 110 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. Crisis Group's approach is grounded in field research. Teams of political analysts are located within or close by countries at risk of outbreak, escalation or recurrence of violent conflict.

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. IHFHR is a self-governing group of non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that act to protect human rights throughout Europe, North America, and the Central Asian republics formed from the territories of the former Soviet Union. In addition to gathering and analyzing information on human rights conditions in OSCE participating States, the IHF acts as a clearing house for this information, disseminating it to governments, inter-governmental organizations, the press and the public at large.

International Institute for Strategic Studies. The IISS is the primary source of accurate, objective information on international strategic issues for politicians and diplomats, foreign affairs analysts, international business, economists, the military, defence commentators, journalists, academics and the informed public.

International Peace Institute. IPI, formerly known as the International Peace Academy, is an independent, international institution dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of armed conflicts between and within states through policy research and development. IPA works closely with the United Nations, regional and other international organizations, governments, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as with parties to conflicts in selected cases.

International Peace Research Institute Oslo. Founded in 1959, PRIO was one of the first centres of peace research in the world. We are Norway's only peace research centre. The foundation of the institute and its early influence were instrumental in promulgating the idea of peace research. PRIO is an independent, international institute in staff, audience and perspective:



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