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Bush School Institutes

In addition to the diverse individual research projects undertaken by faculty, the Bush School is also recognized for its emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary team projects conducted through its three organized research units.


Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

The ISTPP, a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary public policy research institute, focuses on the scholarly examination of complex public policy issues in the areas of the environment and natural resources, health, infrastructure and the built environment, and emerging technologies.

Created in the fall of 2000 on the foundation laid by the Center for Public Leadership Studies (CPLS), the Institute concentrates on research development and the general problem of information transfer.

The Institute seeks to encourage and implement interdisciplinary research on science, technology, and public policy within the Texas A&M University System and to enhance the School and the University's ability to effectively disseminate the results of faculty research in these areas to policy makers, decision makers, and the public.

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Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics,
and Public Policy

In September 2009, the Texas A&M Board of Regents formally approved the creation of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy, named in honor of Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr., in recognition of his service and commitment to improving the nation's domestic and international economy. In addition to a successful career as an energy entrepreneur and leader, from 1988 to 1992, Mosbacher served as President George H.W. Bush's Secretary of Commerce and was instrumental in opening major markets around the world to American products. He also played a key role in negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Housed in the Allen Building at the Bush School, the Mosbacher Institute enhances the ability of the Bush School to collaborate on domestic economic policy and international trade issues with nationally recognized scholars and experts and fosters greater educational emphasis on trade, economics and public policy among Bush School students. The Institute leverages the key academic resources already in place at the Bush School and Texas A&M University to rethink the domestic implications of globalization and chart the way forward.

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Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs

In March 2007, the Texas A&M Board of Regents formally approved the creation of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, named in honor of Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft for his years of dedicated service in the fields of national security and world affairs.

The Scowcroft Institute promotes policy-oriented research by faculty, students, and visiting scholars in national security and foreign policy as well as other issues in international affairs, and enables collaborative research partnerships with scholars and experts on international affairs. The Institute was a natural outgrowth of several successful existing Bush School programs such as the National Security Seminar Series, the Lone Star National Security Forum, the Humphrys International Speakers Program, Scowcroft Scholarships, and research activities of the Scowcroft and Gates Endowed Chairs, as well as several initiatives of the Bush Library Foundation.

The Institute also provides a locus for faculty, students, and visiting fellows to explore crucial contemporary issues in foreign and national security policy and related aspects of world affairs.

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Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy

The Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) improves the effectiveness of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in Texas and beyond through 1) engaged learning, 2) high-quality research, and 3) professional outreach. The CNP has a national ranking of 12 overall and 8th among public programs by US News & World Report.

Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are the backbone of healthy and vibrant communities. Echoing President Bush’s “thousand” points of light, local communities are strengthened by a voluntary sector that facilities community engagement, supports giving and volunteering, and fosters social innovation and entrepreneurship. The Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy works to build capacity, disseminate knowledge, and prepare students in regards to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and the collaborative systems in which they operate.

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Program on Women, Peace, and Security

The Program on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) was established in November 2015 within the Department of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, with Professor Valerie M. Hudson serving as its first director. Its purpose is to provide a WPS node in the heartland of the United States, and its mission is three-fold: teaching, research, and outreach. The Program’s inaugural funding is provided by the Compton Foundation; and its research arm, The WomanStats Project, is currently funded by the US Department of Defense.

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