The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs provides a multidisciplinary environment for policy-relevant research on international issues that is both academically rigorous and tied to contemporary problems. The Center is structured to encourage the highest practical level of personal and intellectual interaction among a diverse community of scholars and practitioners. It is distinctive in its recognition that knowledge is not only a product of individual academic research, but also of vigorous, sustained intellectual dialogue among scholars and nonacademic experts. To stimulate this dialogue, the Center sponsors a wide array of seminars, research programs, workshops, and conferences. These activities not only encourage interaction among resident affiliates but also serve to involve a wide variety of scholars, government officials, representatives of the private sector, and others from around the world. The fruits of Center research are made available to the public-policy community through books, articles, reports, seminars, and lectures, as well as through the personal participation of Center members in policy planning and decision making in governments and institutions outside the university. The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is an integral component of Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.