Watson Institute for International Studies

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Research

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 Latin America to China, from the Middle East to India, the Institute's work helps us all make sense of the world.

Development

Development

Durable inequalities both within and between nations present the most significant obstacle to promoting democratic, inclusive, and sustainable development. The Institute's research in development includes the study of racial, ethnic, and class inequality, national and sub-national governance, urban transformation, democracy and civil society, and social provisioning.  The relationship between development and globalization is also an area of focus, and includes work on international aid and finance, transnational movements, comparative development, and global governance.

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Security

Security

A globalized world faces new security challenges, shaped by a range of dynamics, from climate change and nuclear proliferation to the rise of transnational cybercrime and identity politics. Engaging faculty in fields as diverse as anthropology, environmental studies, and computer science, the Institute's research spans these and traditional security issues, including armed intervention, post-conflict reconstruction, and military spending.

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Governance

Governance

Globalization, with its volatile mix of economic opportunity and social disruption, has provoked fundamental challenges to the institutions of political and economic governance. Global problems, such as climate change and labor standards, cannot be tackled by any single nation state; they demand new forms of governance involving governments, private firms, and nongovernmental organizations. This research program focuses on efforts to expand the regulatory capacity and institutional efficacy of individual nation states as well as these new forms of global governance.

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Centers. Initiatives. Programs.

Centers, Initiatives, Programs

Learn more about the centers, initiatives, and programs at Watson focused on area and regional studies:

Partnerships

Partnerships

The Watson Institute also collaborates with centers of excellence across Brown University. Learn more.