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The Project 2049 Institute is an American think tank focused on security issues and public policy in Central-Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Institute was founded in January 2008.[1] Its stated goal is to "guide decision makers toward a more secure Asia by the century's mid-point" by "filling a gap in the public policy realm through forward-looking, region-specific research on alternative security and policy solutions...[with an] interdisciplinary approach draw[ing] on rigorous analysis of socioeconomic, governmental, military, environmental, technological, and political trends, and input from key players in the region, with an eye toward educating the public and informing policy debate."[1] The Institute's work is done through "studies for sponsors with an interest in long-range strategic forecasting."[1]

The Institute identifies its four "research focus" areas as "democracy and governance" (democratization, civil society, elections and political processes, rule of law, political corruption), "alliance, coalitions and partnerships" (regional alliances and balance of power); "non-traditional security" (non-conventional threats such as terrorism, pandemics, natural disasters, and environmental and energy security issues) and "China studies."[2]

The Project 2049 Institute experts have published op-eds on a variety of topics from Burma to China’s military rise in major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Wall Street Journal Asia. Project 2049 Institute reports have also been cited in publications including Washington Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, Taipei Times, the L.A. Times, Bloomberg, and Defense News. In addition, their experts have appeared on CNN, Fox News, and PBS as well as foreign news programs such as BBC’s “World News Today.”

The Institute is based in Arlington, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metro area.[3]


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The Project 2049 Institute stimulates policy discussion through in-depth analysis of key strategic trends in the Asia – Pacific and bringing together regional experts in public forums.


The president and chief executive officer of the Project 2049 Institute is Randall G. Schriver, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for issues relating to Republic of China (Taiwan), People's Republic of China, and Hong Kong. He also served as chief of staff to then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.[6]

The executive director of the Project 2049 Institute is Mark Stokes, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and former Senior Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense responsible for U.S. defense policy toward the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.[6][7]

The board of directors and board of advisors includes a number of former officials from both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, various individuals from the corporate world, lobbyists, and other think tank figures.[6]


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