Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

The Institute


The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University seeks to promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement.


The Watson Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners whose work aims to help us understand and address the world's great challenges, such as globalization, economic uncertainty, security threats, environmental degradation, and poverty. 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. From the Americas to China, from the Middle East to South Asia, the strongest theoretical models emerge through observations and analysis in the field.

Centers, Initiatives, Programs

Learn more about the Institute's centers, initiatives, and programs focused on regional and area studies.