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International Peace and Security

The Corporation's influence on the political sphere, both nationally and internationally, has been tremendous. It approaches questions of peace and cooperation with expertise and careful research to address political conflict and encourage political dialogue. Though the Corporation's mandate is to work mostly in the United States, its presidents have emphasized the expertise that it has developed over the years, as well as its links with universities and research institutions, to increase understanding within the global political milieu.

Before David Hamburg was president of Carnegie Corporation, when he was president of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, he worked with world leaders in politics and the sciences to foster international scientific dialogue. He also served various American presidents as a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology from 1984 to 2001. So when Hamburg became president of the Corporation, he brought with him tremendous international experience and connections. He collaborated with scientists and policy makers around the world to develop the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict (1994–97), which he cochaired with Cyrus Vance. In this role, Hamburg was a key figure in producing a series of volumes on avoiding nuclear war that were produced and written by an international consortium of scholars.