Research Themes

Focusing on three main areas — development, security, and governance — the Institute leverages Brown's tradition of true interdisciplinarity to foster innovative, policy-relevant scholarly activities. Across all topics and fields, the Institute recognizes, and its research tackles, the complexities of 21st-century security threats, globalization, and intractable inequalities.


While traditional security concerns persist, the transformed security landscape of the early 21st century presents a range of “new” challenges, from climate change, resource conflicts, and pandemics to cyber threats, transnational crime and irregular warfare.
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Durable inequalities both within and between nations present the most significant obstacle to promoting democratic, inclusive and sustainable development.
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Globalization, with its volatile mix of economic opportunity and social disruption, has provoked fundamental challenges to the institutions of political and economic governance.
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