Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap promotes an informed and engaged public discourse on U.S. and global foreign policy challenges and solutions. We offer policy training and professional development for academics and doctoral students.  We advocate for the pursuit of policy-relevant research and theoretically grounded policy work.

Supported largely by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and housed at the School of International Service at American University, Bridging the Gap is a nonpartisan organization. We maintain a core belief that responsible global engagement should be systematically proactive, seeking both to understand significant medium- and long-term global challenges, and to influence strategically how such trends affect U.S. interests and those of the rest of the world.

Our Mission:

  • Train, develop and mentor scholars of all ranks who seek to pursue policy-relevant research and theoretically grounded policy work and connect them with representatives of the defense, intelligence and foreign policy communities
  • Create opportunities for policy-relevant scholarship, including through the Bridging the Gap Series with Oxford University Press
  • Connect members of the Bridging the Gap network with representatives of the policymaking community and other policy influencers
  • Advocate on behalf of policy-relevant scholarship within academia