The Monterey Institute is home to six important research centers. Monterey Institute teaching faculty, research center staff, and Monterey graduate students work intensively toward original approaches to pressing issues on the international scene.
Monterey Institute research centers address immediate issues and provide directly applicable data, information and recommendations for practitioners in their respective fields.
- The Center for the Blue Economy performs and promotes research on ocean and coastal economies and includes a new academic program: Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.
- The Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) develops programs and publications contributing to the field of conflict studies.
- The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) sponsors research, seminars and lectures relating to East Asia.
- Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE) executes research and consulting projects focused on adapting technology for international markets and cultures.
- The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) focuses on the spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.
- The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP) conducts in-depth research, assesses policy options, and engages in public education on issues relating to terrorism and international security.