Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
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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. From Latin America to China, from the Middle East to India, the Institute's work helps us all make sense of the world.

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