Think Tanks

The International Futures team, partnered with the Atlantic Council, has been working with the Zurich Insurance Group to develop forecasts based on the costs and benefits of information communication technology.  The forecasts will weigh the benefits against potential costs of this technology, including hacks, espionage, identity theft, cyber terrorism, and opportunity costs associated with strategic disconnection and alternative development spending.

View the report for this project here and the specialized Cyber Dashboard here.



The African Futures Project is an ongoing collaboration between the Pardee Center and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa. The ISS, established in 1991 as the Institute for Defense Policy, is a pan-African think tank focused on issues of human security. The Pardee Center and the ISS have come together to leverage each other’s expertise and to develop a series of scenario-based, quarterly policy briefs on topics such as the potential for a green revolution or for malaria eradication in Africa (each brief also has a supporting video feature). Together, we provide forward-looking, policy-relevant material like the African Futures 2050 report, a comprehensive look at expectations for human development, economic growth, and sociopolitical change in Africa over the next four decades.

To date, the African Futures Project has received funding from Frederick S. Pardee; the Hanns Seidel Foundation; the Open Society Foundation; the British High Commission; Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and the governments of Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a leading institution in the global Chronic Poverty Advisory Network. The Pardee Center contributed to a publication of ODI in late 2013 on "The Geography of Poverty, Disasters, and Climate Extremes in 2030". IFs was the tool that ODI personnel used for poverty scenario development.





The Pardee Center has worked with the RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition.  One project was to incorporate information on World Bank and IMF lending into the financial flow system of IFs.  Another was to explore IFs within the RAND Center’s Robust Adaptive Policy or Robust Decision Making approach.  We continue to have connections with our sister Pardee Center.




In the 1980s a global modeling project named GLOBUS was based at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung or WZB (Social Science Research Center Berlin). IFs was already an available tool and WZB invited Dr. Hughes to be a commuting member of the Berlin team. He brought IFs into the project as a foundational tool, especially with respect to the demographic and economic modules of GLOBUS.  




The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is a non-partisan, independent institute of the U.S. government charged with promoting peace and resolving conflict. A Pardee Center project for the USIP prepared a study published by the institute (also found below) reviewing a wide range of projects that assess what are variously called fragile, vulnerable, or failed states. That effort was a foundational piece in our own efforts to build upon such assessments of countries today and historically, so as to create a measure of performance risk and vulnerability to conflict prospectively.