About Us

Since 1984, PISA has worked with partner organizations in Asia to enhance capacity at the national and regional levels to address emerging concerns in the Asia Pacific region. Working with its network of global experts, PISA creates issue-specific programs in areas of mutual concern between the United States and Asia with particular emphasis on transnational issues such as: climate change, human security and international governance.


Building on trust and mutual respect established over a thirty year history of working in Asia, PISA prepares leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century and mobilizes networks of scholars, policy makers, and advocates on both sides of the Pacific to address urgent national and transnational concerns.

With Whom Does PISA work?

PISA works directly with university faculty, government ministries, policy makers, research institutions, and non-governmental organizations in the broad area of international affairs.

How Does PISA carry out its mission?

PISA programs are built on dual foundations of mutual trust and respect. Projects are developed in consultation with partner institutions in Asia and in response to the needs of Asia-based organizations. Periodically, PISA responds to requests for program development and/or partnership with US-based organizations working with Asia on United States Foreign Policy toward the Asia Pacific Region. From project conception to implementation, PISA works in spirited collaboration to ensure that program outcomes are successfully achieved.

PISA initiates projects around the following transnational concerns and areas of expertise

  • Climate Change and Environmental Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Human Security
  • Gender and Women's Empowerment
  • Human Rights
  • International Law and Diplomacy
  • International Affairs Curricula and Teaching Methods

All PISA Projects are arranged into the following work clusters

  • Capacity Building
  • Research Collaboration
  • Course and Curricula Development/Rapid Training
  • Expert Identification and Placement


Director's Note

As students on campus turn in their final papers and head for summer jobs and internships or launch into the working world, PISA retains its cycle of activity and plans for upcoming projects.  Over

PISA Celebrates 30 Years of Capacity-Building in Asia

PISA's 30 year history is highlighted in the March/April edition of the Elliott School newsletter Briefing.

Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute on Climate Change

Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) offered a two-week Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute on Climate Change (MALICC) from October 31-November 15, 2014 on the campus of The G