MacArthur Foundation Commits $68 Million to Support Regional Cooperation for Peace and Security in Asia
MacArthur will help build long-term capacity to conduct policy research by funding new research positions, improving communications among institutions, and assisting in the publication of research and analysis in print and online. Today, the Foundation launched a new website — asiasecurity.macfound.org — to showcase the network’s policy research.
The Foundation also plans to start a program of year-long fellowships in 2010 for mid-career leaders in academia, government, non-government organizations, the private sector, and media to undertake policy research on Asian security challenges. Fellows will be identified through an open application process and will be placed at the three core institutions.
The Initiative comes out of MacArthur’s 25 years of grantmaking in peace and security. Specifically, the Foundation has invested in training, research, and policy engagement to reduce the danger posed by weapons of mass destruction. MacArthur supported research and track-two diplomacy between U.S. and Soviet officials and nuclear scientists, which helped lead to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. MacArthur grantees also helped develop the conceptual framework for cooperative threat reduction programs that helped Russia and other former Soviet states reduce stockpiles and secure nuclear weapons and fissile materials. The Foundation’s Science, Technology, and Security Initiative strengthened university-based centers of science, technology, and security, creating a new generation of scientists engaged in the study and development of security policy on issues like nonproliferation and arms control.