World Security Institute

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World Security Institute
Abbreviation WSI
Formation 1972
Extinction 2012
Type Foreign Policy Think Tank
President Bruce G. Blair

The World Security Institute (WSI) was a Washington D.C.-based think tank committed to independent research and journalism on global affairs and security. It grew out of its forerunner the Center for Defense Information (CDI), an independent military research organization, in 1972. [1] When WSI closed its doors in 2012, CDI remained active and merged with the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). [2]

The last Institute's president was Bruce G. Blair, a nuclear weapons analyst and scholar formerly with the Brookings Institution.

The last Center for Defense Information's director was Theresa Hitchens, an expert on space security.


The Center for Defense Information (CDI) developed and published expert analysis of security issues and defense policy. Its Straus Military Reform Project, directed by Winslow Wheeler, analyzed "both the fiscal and strategic implications of defense programs and promotes informed oversight of Pentagon activities."[3]

The International Media division presented independent information and opinions about the United States to the rest of the world. WSI's foreign language information services were: Washington Observer (Chinese), Washington Prism (Persian), Washington ProFile (Russian) and Taqrir Washington (Arabic; note: taqrir means report). Johnson's Russia List synthesized and distributed English-language news about the countries of the former Soviet Union. The Institute also had satellite offices in Europe (Brussels and Moscow) and Asia (Beijing).

Azimuth Media produced television programs and documentaries on timely issues in international affairs for the general public. One project was the nationally distributed television show Foreign Exchange with Daljit Dhaliwal.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting sponsored international travel for journalists to cover important, underreported stories.

Board of Advisors[edit]

  • Doris Z. Bato, Santa Fe, NM
  • Barbara Berger, Denver, Colo.
  • Bruce Berger, Denver, Colo.
  • Edward H.R. Blitzer, New York, N.Y .
  • Ronald Cantwell, Old Greenwich, Conn.
  • Pauline Cantwell, Old Greenwich, Conn.
  • Ben Cohen, Burlington, Vt.
  • Joseph N. Deblinger, Manhasset, N.Y.
  • Gay Dillingham, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Alan H. Fleischmann, Washington, D.C.
  • Raymond Frankel, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • John Fullerton, Aspen, Colo.
  • Jessica Fullerton, Aspen, Colo.
  • Seth M. Glickenhaus, New York, N.Y.
  • Yoel Haller, M.D., Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Eva Haller, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • James D. Head, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board, Freeland, Mich.,
  • Robert G. James, Rear Admiral (USNR Ret.), New York, N.Y.
  • Alan F. Kay, Ph.D., Saint Augustine, Fla.
  • Eugene M. Lang, New York, N.Y.
  • Gene M. La Rocque, Rear Admiral (USN Ret.), Washington, D.C.
  • Robert M. Meyers, MD, Deerfield, Ill.
  • Ellie Meyers, Deerfield, Ill.
  • David E. Moore, Rye, N.Y.
  • Paul Newman, Westport, Conn.
  • Julie Schecter, Ph.D., Bolton, Mass.
  • Gloria Scher, New York, N.Y.
  • John J. Shanahan, Vice Admiral (USN Ret.), Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • Adele Starr, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
  • Philip A. Straus, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Andrew Ungerleider, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Steven Ungerleider, Ph.D., Eugene, Ore.
  • Barbara Winslow, Ph.D., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Joanne Woodward, Westport, Conn.

Emeritus Members

  • Arthur D. Berliss, Jr.
  • James R. Compton
  • James Donovan, Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
  • David Horowitz
  • Rudolph Rasin
  • John M. Rockwood

External links[edit]

Official Sites[edit]


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