Henry L. Stimson Center

Henry L. Stimson Center

The Henry L. Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security think tank based in Washington, DC. Its stated mission is to urge "pragmatic steps toward the ideal objectives of international peace and security." Stimson pursues its vision by conducting independent analysis and offering fresh perspectives for the policymaking community, the media and concerned citizens.

The Center draws inspiration from the life and work of Henry L. Stimson, whose bipartisan service to five presidents included appointments as Secretary of War for Presidents William Howard Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, and Secretary of State for President Herbert Hoover. Henry Stimson believed strongly in “pragmatic idealism,” the notion that progress toward peace is only possible through practical steps and strong US engagement in the world.

In 2002, Ellen Laipson joined Stimson as its newest President and CEO. Laipson directs Stimson's work on Southwest Asia and contributes to its projects on Regional Voices and Homeland Security.

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