MacArthur is committing
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MacArthur's initial grantmaking focuses on three particularly critical security issues: strengthening regional cooperation, preventing conflict in
- China's Peking University Center for International and Strategic Studies will oversee the regional security cooperation group, advising policymakers on how to make better use of multilateral institutions, bilateral relationships, and alliances to prevent conflict, manage differences, and foster peace and security.
Korea's East Asia Institute will coordinate work on
Northeast Asia, developing plans for international cooperation to decrease tensions over North Koreaand Taiwanand among Northeast Asian nations.
S. Rajaratnam Schoolof International Studies will direct the internal challenges group, which will concentrate on the need for international cooperation to help manage emerging transnational challenges. Such challenges include heightened demand for energy creating competition over scarce resources, the effects of natural disasters, and domestic political instability that creates pernicious cross-border effects and outbreaks of violent conflict.
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