The FPRI Annual Dinner is the organization’s fundraising gala held each year 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.
- Beyond Dysfunction and Devastation: Iraq, the Arab Spring, and Lessons for Today - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Kanan Makiya
- The Currency of Power: Economics and National Security in US Foreign Policy - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Robert Zoellick
- Understanding the New Global Disorder - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Michael Hayden
- Reflections of a Combatant Commander in a Turbulent World - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Gen. James Mattis(Ret.)
- America and the World Amid Financial Upheaval, Political Transitions, and a Changing Strategic Balance - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Walter Russell Mead
- Reflections on the Arab Spring - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Fouad Ajami
- Power, Money, and American National Security — Today and Tomorrow - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Niall Ferguson
- The Rise of Asia and the Future Dimensions of Conflict - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Robert D. Kaplan
- Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration - - FPRI Annual Dinner - John Bolton
- America’s Role in the World - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Philip Zelikow
- Past the Apogee: America Under Pressure - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Charles Krauthammer
- FPRI’s 50th Anniversary - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Henry A. Kissinger
- America After 9/11 - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Hon. John F. Lehman, Jr.
- America and the Mideast After Sadaam - - FPRI Annual Dinner - Kenneth Pollack