TRANSCEND is an open and inclusive network. Depending on interest and commitment, members may be designated either as full or affiliates. It also opens participation to scholars, leaders, media, and governments. TRANSCEND’s membership reflects the voices of developing countries in defining their own role in responding to the global power shift amidst transnational dangers. They are thus some of the best examples of institutions that can think globally but act locally.


TRANSCEND is based at the School of International Service (SIS) at American University. Located in Washington, D.C., it is one of the most internationally-oriented among American schools of international studies. Its location in the US capital facilitates networking with both developed and developing countries as well as with key multilateral institutions. The school has demonstrated its commitment to the principal themes of TRANSCEND, including multilateralism, human security, and transnational issues such as the environment and regionalism. Other graduate programs at the school are ethics and peace in global affairs, and natural resources and sustainable development.


  1. Transnational Governance Initiative, School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. (Coordinating Member)
  2. Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO), American University, Washington, D.C. and Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y, U.S.A.
  3. Center for International Politics, Law and Organization, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  4. China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, China
  5. Center for Non-Traditional Security and Peaceful Development, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  6. Department of Political Science and Global Governance Program, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
  7. Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia
  8. Chula Global Network, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  9. Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India
  10. Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, India
  11. Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
  12. Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  13. Departamento de Ciencia Politica, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
  14. Department of Political Science and International Studies, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  15. United Nations University Center for Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Bruges, Belgium
  16. Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  17. The Orient Center for Studies & Cultural Dialogue (OCSCD), Amman, Jordan
  18. Centre for International Peace and Security Studies/Centre d’ etudes sur la paix et la securite internationale (CIPSS), University de Montreal McGill University, Canada
  19. Department of International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  20. Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  21. University of Fort Hare, South Africa
  22. Center for International Security Studies, University of Sydney, Australia
  23. Asian Dialogue Society, Bangkok, Thailand
  24. Madhyam Foundation, Orissa, India
  25. Department of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Hungary
  26. German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany
  27. Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana
  28. Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  29. International Organizations Research Institute, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russian Federation
  30. Global Governance Programme, European University Institute, Italy
  31. University of Warsaw, Poland

TRANSCEND is guided by an international advisory committee, whose members include Gareth Evans, Surin Pitsuwan, Ramesh Thakur, Mely Caballero-Anthony, Qin Yaqin, Luke Van Langenhove, Richart Higgott, and Louis Goodman.