Private nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to provide services or other forms of support to increase mutual understanding across countries, encourage social, economic or political development outside of the U.S., and/or impact national, multilateral or international policies on international issues. (rev. 12/04)
Scope notes: Includes: Organizations that promote international understanding and friendly relations among nations; foster an exchange of ideas on international affairs and globalization; preserve world peace; protect national and cooperative security interests; foster international human rights; promote international economic, social and political development; foster exchanges of scholars scientists artists, journalists and other professionals; and raise and distribute funds for the benefit of overseas institutions (e.g., Friends of the American University in Rome).
Learned societies, professional councils, and other organizations that bring together individuals or organizations with a common professional or vocational interest within the International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security major group area.
Scope notes: Includes: Accreditation Boards;
Excludes: Field-specific associations or societies that are international by membership rather than primary purpose. For example, the International Association of Medical Science Educators is classified within the Education major group, rather than international, because while it has international membership, that aspect of the organization is secondary to its state primary purpose which is advancing the field of medical science education.