The Foreign Policy Research Institute is dedicated to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. It seeks to educate the public, teach teachers, train students, and offer ideas to advance U.S. national interests based on a nonpartisan, geopolitical perspective that illuminates contemporary international affairs through the lens of history, geography, and culture.
Informing the American Public – When FPRI founder Robert Strausz-Hupé penned his classic book Protracted Conflict in the 1950s, he envisaged the Cold War as taking place over several decades and was concerned that a democratic polity would not have the wherewithal to stick it out for the long haul unless it understood the nature of the conflict. Hence, from its inception, FPRI placed a premium on educating the American people because, without an educated citizenry, the US would not be able to conduct a coherent foreign policy.
Where Great Minds Meet – FPRI is fortunate to be located in the vicinity of over 60 institutions of higher learning, and we are happy to be the neutral meeting place for some of the finest minds in the country – from UPenn, Princeton, Haverford, Swarthmore, Temple, and Rutgers, among others. But we are not limited to our vicinity, as we count among our ranks more than 100 affiliated scholars throughout the nation and the world.
Teaching the Teachers – Alone among think tanks, FPRI is known for “the history thing”; a reference to our Marvin Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy and our Madeleine and W. W. Keen Butcher History Institute for High School Teachers, a series of intensive weekend-long conferences on selected topics in US and world history, and international relations. A Summer at FPRI Can Change a Student’s Life – At FPRI, we are proud to have played a role in providing students – whether in high school, college, or graduate school – with a start in the fields of international relations, policy analysis, and public service. Summer interns – and interns throughout the year – gain experience in research, editing, writing, public speaking, and critical thinking.