Welcome to the Metropolitan Society for International Affairs

For centuries, Great Cities were at the center of international affairs, arbiters of their own fate and powerful actors in their own right. The emerging character of the 21st century is shaping up to see them return to this role. The Metropolitan Society for International Affairs is New York City's global think tank. We are working to develop the ideas, policies and actions for New York City to achieve an autonomous role in global affairs, to benefit both itself and the United States, protecting values as well as interests, in the complex and evolving 21st century.

We work to bring together the next generation of analysts, writers, researchers and academics, to produce innovative, accessible media materials across the full suite of formats on these topics, and to develop and host engaging, educational public events to share our work with members of the public. Check out the discussion under our growing #MetDebate section, and weigh in with your own ideas!

We are also working on a methodological research project, Global Narratives, that is exploring possibilities for the quantification of emergent forecasts and risks in global politics and perform scenario planning in foreign affairs. 

We post regular updates on our ongoing policy research memos and analysis of international politics, as well as link to our podcasts, and our Global Narratives project. You can sign up for our newsletter, view our upcoming events, inquire about membership, or make a donation! We look forward to hearing from you!


Our Media, Research and Policy Work

Check out The #MetDebate

The Met Debate has writing and commentary from our own fellows and talented contributors. Check it out!

US Foreign Policy

Global Politics

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  • Our Fellows' Research Regions:

    • Middle East & North Africa 
    • Western Pacific
    • Western Hemisphere 
    • Eastern Europe
    • Central Asia
    • Climate Change & NatSec 
    • Trade & International Economy
    • Cyber Security
    • Transatlantic Relations
  • Global Narratives

    • The Global Narratives Framework will provide quantitative monitoring of global risk scenarios using data derived from international political events. Blending political science, risk analysis and data science, the Global Narratives project is our most ambitious endeavor. Sign up for research updates!
  • Podcasts 

    • The Global Conversation - Our weekly flagship podcast covering international affairs with equal parts humor and insight. New episodes every weekend. Listen below, on Soundcloud, or download us on your favorite podcast app, under "The Met Society Podcast"

Corporate Sponsorship

The Met Society is working with some of the top firms involved in international affairs and political risk.

The Met Society is just what we need more of: smart nerds doing the hard work. Eurasia Group is proud to support them.
— Ian Bremmer, President - Eurasia Group


The Met Society runs public events in New York City, and soon to launch events in Washington, DC, as well. Our monthly "Global Politics and Beer" gathering features attendance and analysis from our talented research Fellows in a fun and casual environment. 

We want to be informative, yet accessible. Our monthly events are built around the idea of the "Un-Panel." Rather than sit through a discussion given to you from afar, our speakers, fellows and guests join the discussion on the same level. We offer a simple, insightful introduction, and then you can ask your questions directly and in-person, not from the audience to the stage.


Individual Membership

Membership Levels

  • Contributing Member - $35 / Year
  • Sustaining Member - $125 / Year
  • Founding Member - $300 / year

Our members are our first constituency. They are at the center of what we do, and form a core pillar of our financial support. Members receive benefits and access to special events. Consider joining as a member today, or click here to learn more!

From the Founder of the Met Society

Peter C Marino

Peter C Marino

The international environment is changing faster now than it has at any point since the end of the Cold War, and we must be willing to imagine alternative ways of organizing it than we have been used to doing. This is not a moment for timid thinking.