Center for the National Interest

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Center for the National Interest
Founder(s)Richard Nixon
FocusForeign policy
PresidentDimitri Simes
SubsidiariesThe National Interest
Formerly calledNixon Center for Peace and Freedom
Address1025 Connecticut Ave NW, S-1200
Washington, DC 20036
United States
Coordinates38°54′12″N 77°02′21″W / 38.9033°N 77.0393°W / 38.9033; -77.0393Coordinates: 38°54′12″N 77°02′21″W / 38.9033°N 77.0393°W / 38.9033; -77.0393

The Center for the National Interest is a conservative[1] Washington, D.C.-based public policy think tank. The Center was established by former U.S. President Richard Nixon on January 20, 1994, as the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom.[2] The group changed its name to The Nixon Center in 1998. In 2001 the Center acquired The National Interest, a bimonthly journal, in which it tends to promote the realist perspective on foreign policy. The Center's President is Dimitri K. Simes. In March 2011, it was renamed the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI or CNI).[3][4][5]

The center has a staff of approximately twenty people supporting seven main programs: Korean Studies, Energy Security and Climate Change, Strategic Studies, US-Russia Relations, U.S.-Japan Relations, China and the Pacific, and Regional Security (Middle East, Caspian Basin and South Asia).[6][7] In 2006 it had an annual budget of $1.6 million.[8] According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), the Center is number 43 (of 60) in the "Top Think Tanks in the United States".[9] According to the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, the center is number 46 (of 107) in the "Top Think Tanks in the United States".[10]

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  1. ^ Mak, Tim. "Senate Panel Launches Bipartisan Probe Into Think Tank Linked To Butina, Torshin". NPR. National Public Radio. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ The Nixon Center: Mission statement Archived October 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Center for the National Interest". Archived from the original on 2011-08-15.
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  6. ^ Abelson 2006, p. 89; The Nixon Center 2008, Nixon Center programs Archived September 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 9-29-2008.
  7. ^ "Time to Accept North Korea As a Nuclear Weapons State? – Center for the National Interest". Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  8. ^ Abelson 2006, p. 238 (Appendix One, Table AI.2).
  9. ^ James G. McGann (Director) (February 4, 2015). "2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report". Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  10. ^ McGann, James (2020-06-18). "2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report". TTCSP Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports.


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