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The Sié Center frequently partners with other universities, foundations, organizations and government agencies to fund and conduct its research and programs.

Research Partners and Funders

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is an international foundation established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation, as the 'Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces'. DCAF contributes to enhancing security sector governance through security sector reform. DCAF has a dedicated program on the Private Security Governance and has partnered with the Sié Center on the Private Security Monitor project to track the existing laws and regulations applicable to PMSCs on an international, sub-regional, national and sub-national level.


The Government of Canada, through its Kanishka Project, partially funds and supports the GATE Data Project at Sié Center. The Kanishka Project is investment in research by the Canadian Government on issues of terrorism and counter-terrorism in the Canadian context, such as preventing and countering violent extremism.


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues. It is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Geneva Program at the Sié Center is organized in partnership with the Graduate Institute.


The Henry R. Luce Foundation, through the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, supports scholarly work to deepen interdisciplinary understanding of the role of religion in world affairs, and to link this knowledge to a range of policy issues, communities, and wider publics. The Foundation currently supports the project on Religion and Social Cohesion in Conflict-Affected Countries at the Sié Center.


The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is an independent, non-profit educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies aimed at establishing and defending human rights, democratic self-rule and justice worldwide. The Nonviolent and Violent Conflict Outcomes (NAVCO) data project conducted at the Sié Center is supported and partially funded by the ICNC.


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at the University of Maryland, supports the GATE Data Project. START is a University-based research center committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world.


One Earth Future Foundation, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization focused on developing effective, equitable solutions to global problems, has collaborated with the Sié Center on a number of initiatives including the workshop project "The New Power Politics: Networks, Governance, and Global Security" and the maritime security sections of the Private Security Monitor.


The Political Instability Task Force (formerly known as the State Failure Task Force) seeks to identify factors that increase a state's vulnerability to political instability over a six-month to two-year period. The PITF is funded by the Central Intelligence Agency and supports the Major Episodes of Contention data project at the Sié Center. The views expressed on this website are the Principal Investigators' alone and do not represent the views of the U.S. government.


The U.S. Department of Defense, through its Minerva Initiative, supports the research of the Terrorism Network Project. The Minerva Initiative is a DoD-sponsored, university-based social science research initiative focusing on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. The goal of the Minerva Initiative is to improve DoD's basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the United States.