The World Policy Institute, cited by Foreign Policy magazine and the University of Pennsylvania as among the world's leading think tanks, identifies critical emerging global issues in an interdependent world and gives voice to compelling new global perspectives and innovative policy solutions.
A non-partisan source of global policy analysis and thought leadership for nearly five decades, World Policy Institute focuses on complex challenges that demand cooperative policy solutions to achieve: an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, engaged global civic participation and effective governance, and collaborative approaches to national and global security. It seeks to introduce fresh ideas and new voices on critical shared issues — like migration, climate change, technology, economic development, human rights, and counter-terrorism –that cannot be solved from traditional "foreign-versus-domestic" boxes. World Policy Journal –celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2008/2009 —provides a forum for solution-focused, accessible policy analysis and public debate.
Founded in New York City in 1961 as the Fund for Education Concerning World Peace through World Law, the World Policy Institute has its origins in the post-World War II movement of moderate internationalists. Its founders –the banker Harry B. Hollins and the banker and public servant C. Douglas Dillon, inspired by the World Federalist thinker Grenville Clark — sought to develop international policies to prevent future carnage and devastation. In 1963, the Institute’s name was shortened to World Law Fund. In 1972, it merged with Earl D. Osborn’s Institute for International Order, founded in 1948. The combined organization became the Institute for World Order. In 1982, the World Policy Institute adopted its current name to reflect a shift from a primarily educational focus to incorporating a strong policy element, and founded World Policy Journal. From 1991-2007, the Institute was part of The New School, a New York City university.
In 2007, the World Policy Institute was re-incorporated as a free-standing institution, which works in active collaboration with like-minded organizations around the world. In January 2009, Foreign Policy magazine ranked WPI as the 16th most influential US think tank, out of 1777 in the United States and 5465 worldwide.