Center for the National Interest Inc

aka Center for the National Interest   |   Washington, DC   |  www.cftni.org

Mission

THE CENTER FOR THE NATIONAL INTEREST IS A NON-PARTISAN PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTION ESTABLISHED BY FORMER PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON. ITS CURRENT PROGRAMS FOCUS ON ENERGY SECURITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE, AND U.S. RELATIONS WITH CHINA, JAPAN, RUSSIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Paul Saunders

Main address

1615 L Street, NW, Suite 1250

Washington, DC 20036

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EIN

26-2117013

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

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Regional Security Program

Geoffrey Kemp(http://www.cftni.org/indexe5dd.html?action=showPage&page=kemp) directs the Center for the National Interest's Regional Security Program, which focuses primarily on geo-political and geo-economic developments in the Greater Middle East. The current research involves two projects of great importance to U.S. interests: the future of U.S.-Iranian relations and how the growth of India and China and their increasing engagement in the Middle East influences U.S. policy. In addition to convening working groups of regional and subject-matter experts, the program has also produced a number of studies. Most recently, the program has published an essay on India and China in the Middle East and a study of the relationship between Iraq and Iran.

Population(s) Served

Executive Director of the Center for the National Interest, Paul J. Saunders(http://www.cftni.org/indexac74.html?action=showpage&page=saunders) , directs the U.S. – Russia Relations Program, which focuses on American policy toward Moscow and on U.S. – Russian dialogue. The program is built around a regular series of seminars on key issues in the bilateral relationship, including non-proliferation, the war on terror, energy, and Russia’s domestic evolution as it relates to democracy, the media, and corruption. The program has recently focused on U.S. and Russian interests and interaction in the former Soviet territory.

Population(s) Served

Geoffrey Kemp(http://www.cftni.org/indexe5dd.html?action=showPage&page=kemp) , Director of Regional Strategic Programs, and Executive Director Paul J. Saunders(http://www.cftni.org/indexac74.html?action=showpage&page=saunders) co-direct the Center's program on energy security and climate change. The effort focuses primarily on three key issues:
The program has included a U.S. - European - Japanese dialogue on energy and climate issues, as well as seminars on other related topics.

Population(s) Served

Robert S. Leiken(http://www.cftni.org/indexb5e0.html?action=showPage&page=leiken) directs the Mexico Programs at the Center for the National Interest.  The Mexico Program has two purposes: to assess the character and the dynamics of Mexico’s “drug war” and to inform American leaders of this assessment. Dr. Robert S. Leiken, will interview U.S. and Mexican officials, policy analysts, researchers, journalists, military officers, and average Mexicans. This assessment will be conveyed to an ongoing discussion group on Mexico at the Center for the National Interest. The group is composed of current and former policy makers, influential journalists, area experts and generalists as well as congressional staffers. The meetings offer a unique opportunity for an open and systematic discussion of an issue attracting increasing attention from those concerned with U.S. foreign policy, border control and national security. The meetings will also provide a regular and central forum on the issue in a time of divided government.
Is Mexico’s “drug war” a criminal insurgency or a turf war? a low intensity conflict or a high intensity crime scene? Does the conflict present a national security threat or a law enforcement crisis? Should it be addressed primarily by the military or the police? Should the U.S. be sending soldiers or police advisors? Is the current death toll an inevitable by-product of strategic progress or a signal of failure?
 
The program is weighing a wide range of policy options including: relaxation of selected U.S. drug prohibitions; increased U.S. assistance on criminal investigations and convictions; institutional reform; financial monitoring and asset seizure; the application of counter insurgency doctrine; drug treatment and prevention; increased border controls; and a return to a corporatist (PRI) model.

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Center for the National Interest Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maurice Greenberg

C.V. Starr

George Argyros

Argyros Foundation

Jeffrey Bewkes

Time Warner

Robert Blackwill

RAND Corporation

Charles Boyd

Center for the National Interest

Richard Burt

McLarty Associates

Kris Elftmann

Noelle Marketing Group

Leslie Gelb

Council on Foreign Relations

Maurice Greenberg

C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.

David Keene

Carmen Group

Henry Kissinger

Kissinger Associates, Inc.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower

No Affiliation

Grover Norquist

Americans for Tax Reform

Lionel Olmer

No Affiliation

Peter Peterson

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Richard Plepler

Home Box Office

James Schlesinger

MITRE Corporation

Brent Scowcroft

Scowcroft Group

Dimitri Simes

Center for the National Interest

J. Robinson West

PFC Energy

Dov Zakheim

No Affiliation

Robert Ellsworth

Hamilton BioVentures