The Forum’s mission is to carry forward the Fourth Freedom, “Freedom from Fear” in today’s world. To do that we encourage discussion, development, and dissemination of practical, policy-relevant ideas that will help to free humanity from the fear of terrorism and war. We think globally, promoting security that is inclusive, civilian-led, and consistent with the rule of law, including human rights. We believe that international cooperation and the use of incentives and proportionate, targeted sanctions, rather than overreliance on military force, is essential for the progress of a secure, civilized society in every country.
Since the Forum was founded nearly forty years ago, we have earned the trust of governments, international organizations, and experts around the world for our policy-relevant research and advice as well as our innovative work to encourage regional cooperation around common security goals. We have designed and implemented programs on five continents that have forged partnerships to help governments and civil society organizations to effectively address the most urgent global security threats. We established and provided core support to the Global Center on Cooperative Security and it is now thriving as an independent organization. The Forum also continues to work on international security issues including nonproliferation, sanctions and incentives, and preventing violent extremism.