FPRI Annual Dinner

The FPRI Annual Dinner is the organization's fundraising gala held each year at the Westin Hotel in Philadelphia.  Since 2005, on the occasion of FPRI's 50th anniversary and on the eve of Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday, the Annual Dinner has also included the presentation of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service.  This award is given each year to the American whose service as a statesman, sage, or soldier best exemplifies the ideals of Benjamin Franklin and the United States.  Recent honorees include Henry A. Kissinger, Gen. James Mattis, Robert D. Kaplan, Walter Russell Mead, and the late Fouad Ajami.


FPRI's 2014 Annual Dinner

Michael Hayden

General Hayden has devoted his life to public service, serving as Director of the CIA (2006-09), Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (2005-06), and Director of the NSA (1999-2005). He retired from the US Air Force as a four-star general in 2008 after nearly 39 years of active-duty military service, serving in various capacities including Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. Currently, he is a Principal of the Chertoff Group and Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University. He appears regularly on national news media to comment on a range of national security and intelligence issues.


Reflections of a Combatant Commander in a Turbulent World

Gen. James Mattis (Ret.)

General Mattis is widely known within the U.S. military as the most revered Marine Corps officer in a generation. With a reputation for candor, a career of combat achievements, and a library that once spanned 7,000 books, Gen. Mattis has a record of over 41 years of public service. Modern military historians chronicle him as one of America's great soldier-scholars. In March 2013, he ended his service as the eleventh commander of U.S. Central Command, where he was responsible for U.S. military activities in one of the world's most volatile regions, including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

America and the World Amid Financial Upheaval, Political Transitions, and a Changing Strategic Balance

Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities, Bard College, and Editor-at-Large, American Interest Magazine. Until 2011, he was a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale, and, until 2010, the Henry A. Kissinger fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Reflections on the Arab Spring

Fouad Ajami

Fouad Ajami is one of the most astute observers of the Middle East, with a poet's gift for expression on display in his many essays for Foreign Affairs magazine, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and elsewhere. Particularly at this time of turmoil throughout the Middle East, he is a ubiquitous presence on CNN.

Power, Money, and American National Security — Today and Tomorrow

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School. He also is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times (London) and a Regular Contributor to Newsweek Magazine. He is the author of several highly regarded books.

The Rise of Asia and the Future Dimensions of Conflict

Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan is a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He continues to write on a range of foreign policy and national security issues for The Atlantic Monthly and is now writing a book on the future of the Indian Ocean region.

Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration

John Bolton

Ambassador Bolton served as the Permanent U.S. Representative to the UN from August 2005 until December 2006. He had previously served as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Securityand in several positions within the State Department, the Justice Department and USAID. Before entering government service Bolton was Senior Vice President for Public Policy Research at the American Enterprise Institute.

America’s Role in the World

Philip Zelikow

Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia and serves on the advisory panel for global development of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. From 2005-07 he was Counselor of the State Department, and in 2003-04 he was executive director of the 9/11 Commission, the most wide-ranging government investigation in U.S. history. In 2001 he directed the Carter-Ford commission on federal election reform, which successfully guided legislation and spending to revamp America's election systems. From 2001-03 he was also a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Past the Apogee: America Under Pressure

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, writes a nationally syndicated column for The Washington Post. Also winner of the 1984 National Magazine Award for essays, he began writing the column for the Post in January 1985. It appears in more than 150 newspapers. He is also a monthly essayist for Time magazine, a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The New Republic, and a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.

FPRI’s 50th Anniversary

Henry A. Kissinger

Henry A. Kissinger was the 56th Secretary of State of the United States from 1973 to 1977, continuing to hold the position of Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, which he first assumed in 1969, until 1975. After leaving government service, he founded Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm, of which he is chairman.