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The New Lines Institute envisions a world that fulfills its potential and in which people and nations can thrive. Our vision is inspired by a holistic view of the world, one that recognizes human interconnectedness and aims to achieve harmony and balance. We see a universal connection among people based on core principles regardless of race, color, religion, origin, ethnicity, or any other factor.

Mission & Purpose

Our mission is to provoke principled and transformative leadership based on peace and security, global communities, character, stewardship, and development. Our purpose is to shape U.S. foreign policy based on a deep understanding of regional geopolitics and the value systems of those regions.

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The New Lines Institute focuses on issues at the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and global geopolitics. We serve as a partner in navigating the world as it is and shaping the world as it should be. Our internal experts and external contributors provide context and direction that prioritizes human security and dignity. Unlike most think tanks, we have established an institutional method for research and analysis. Our innovative approach to policy assessments incorporates best practices from the fields of geopolitics, intelligence analysis, journalism, academia, and the private sector. This model enables us to provide rigorous analyses and strategic forecasts from which we distill policy solutions for our nation’s decision-makers. Our analytical methodology is reflected throughout all our publications. For more details, please refer to our submissions page.

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Our work is guided by five core principles:

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    • Peace: the foundations on which we build prosperity and human fulfillment;
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    Development: the process by which we reach our potential as human beings and societies;

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    Community and Citizenship: a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves – be it global, national or local;

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    Character: the expectation that all leaders should make brave decisions in good faith and in a principled way;

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    Stewardship: a sense of responsibility and care toward all people and things that depend on us


Portfolios are a collection of projects around a shared theme, all of which have an overarching intended impact in line with New Lines mission, vision, and values.

Future Frontiers

Living in a time of transformative or potentially transformative change, humans lack settled strategies, laws, policies, and practices for our future frontiers. To maximize benefit and minimize harm, we need to craft these approaches while learning lessons from the past and applying imagination, reason, and care to the future. At…

Gender Policy

The Gender Policy Portfolio seeks to enhance the role of gendered analyses in the foreign and domestic policy spaces. Toward this end, the portfolio engages with gender specialists to develop fresh perspectives on issues ranging from national security to health care to democratic resilience. The portfolio produces targeted forecasts and…

Mass Atrocities and International Law

The New Lines Institute’s Mass Atrocities and International Law Portfolio focuses on global issues of interest to policymakers. Projects include the Global Rohingya Initiative, the persecution of China’s Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim minorities, the Russian Federation’s breaches of the Genocide Convention in Ukraine, and the Multilateral Asset Transfer Model…


Initiatives are specific projects, either as a sub-component of a particular portfolio or as a standalone, which have an intended impact in line with New Lines mission, vision, and values.

Climate Transition and Emerging Technologies

This initiative is intended to deal with global energy connectivity from a longer-term time frame, particularly as it relates to tackling the issue of climate…

Countering China: The Missing Eurasian Dimension 

The U.S. lately has focused on the Indo-Pacific basins to counter China at sea, but Beijing is a long way from being a maritime power,…

Energy Security and Geopolitics

This initiative is intended to deal with global energy connectivity from a short-to-medium- term time frame, particularly as it relates to energy security (the reliable…