Transnational Institute Putting ideas into movement since 1974

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. For 50 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

Mission & Vision

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TNI envisions a world of peace, equity and democracy on a sustainable planet brought about and sustained by an informed and engaged citizenry.

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TNI throughout its history has:

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  • Frequently identified crucial issues on the horizon

  • Been bold in tackling structures of power

  • Had a deep mutually respectful relationship with grassroots movements

  • Brought together and catalysed networks

  • Dedicated itself to putting forward alternative proposals 
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Achievements in 2023

Annual report 2023

TNI achieved important progress in 2023 toward the equitable, democratic and peaceful world we envision. At the policy level, we celebrated more nails driven into the coffin of one of the biggest barriers to climate action – the Energy Charter Treaty and its investor protections; and put a critique of green colonialism squarely on the public agenda. We continued to publish cutting-edge analyses to challenge the growing menace of digital capitalism, and advocated for ending the moratorium on taxation of transnational e-commerce. In response to the juggernaut of militarism, with a particular focus on the endless war in Ukraine and the Israeli decimation of Palestine, we offered vitally important counter-narratives helping to shift public opinion more in favour of peace. We drew the connections between securitisation and a number of key issues, from drug policy to migration to climate change, and proposed more just and equitable approaches. With our proposals and counter-narratives, we reached impressive audiences around the world.

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