In 2012, FPRI established a Princeton Committee to bring experts and policymakers in foreign affairs together with individuals who seek a deeper understanding of the complex issues confronting us today.  The format for these briefings, to be held in Princeton, is an intimate, salon-like setting in which participants may interact and exchange views with experts to a degree and depth not attainable in public forums. The Princeton Committee is directed by John R. Haines, trustee of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Just Announced!

Save These Dates for the Spring 2014 Season:

Thurs, Feb 27: Clint Watts on Al Qaeda: Understanding the Threat
Thurs, Mar 20: David Satter on The Turmoil in Ukraine and Russia's Uncertain Future
Thurs, Apr 17: Jacob Shapiro on The Terrorist's Dillemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton (unless otherwise noted)
Open exclusively to Members of FPRI (and spouses) at the Sponsors Level ($250).



A Layman’s Guide to Cyberwar

Lawrence Husick

Thursday, January 10: A Layman’s Guide to Cyberwar

Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War

Dominic Tierney

In his book How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War (Little, Brown and Co., 2010), Dominic Tierney constructs an argument that is neither liberal nor conservative, neither dovish nor hawkish but offers insight into the kinds of war America has fought, and why some were hailed as successes while others were

Coping with the Rise of China

Aaron Friedberg

In his recent book A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in AsiaAaron Friedberg explores the rise of Chinese economic and military power and the growing collision of interests in the Asia Pacific region.  This talk will discuss the potential for conflict with China and ways to avoid it.

Crime-Terror Pipelines: The Case of Iran and Latin America

Vanessa Neumann

The nexus of transnational criminal organizations and foreign terrorist organizations presents a unique and growing challenge to the US and other governments.  Vanessa Neumann, a Senior Fellow of FPRI’s Center for the Study of Terrorism, has been following the globalization of crime-terror pipelines as a result of her work on the

Israel and Palestine: Does the Two-State Solution Have a Future?

Daniel C. Kurtzer

Dan Kurtzer served as US Ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001) and as US Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005). Throughout his 29-year career in the US Foreign Service, Ambassador, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. Since leaving government service, Kurtzer has served as an advisor to the Iraq Study Group; as a member of the Board of the American University in Cairo; the Advisor Council of the American Bar Association’s Middle East Rule of Law Initiative and of the Middle East Institute; as the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League; and as a member of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (2008), co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 (2013); and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2012). He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Special Operations Forces in the 21st Century

Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert (US Army, Ret.)

General Lambert was Commander of U.S. Army Special Forces Command (the Green Berets), the Special Operations Command Europe, and the Special Operations Command of the NATO Implementation Force in the Balkans.  He served multiple tours with the 75th Ranger Regiment and the U.S. Army Special Forces, becoming an expert in unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency, and other aspects of irregular warfare. His numerous military operations include coauthoring the plan that led to a 55-man advisory program in El Salvador that defeated the communist-supported insurgency.

The Rise of India and the Geopolitics of Asia

Sumit Ganguly

Sumit Ganguly, Senior Fellow of FPRI, is a Professor of Political Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His research and writing, focused primarily on South Asia, has been supported by grants from the Asia Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and the US Institute of Peace. Professor Ganguly is the author, editor or co-editor of a dozen books on South Asia. His most recent books are Asian Rivalries: Conflict, Escalation and Limits on Two-Level Games, co-editor with William Thompson (Stanford University Press, 2011) and India since 1980, co-author with Rahul Mukherjee (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is currently under contract with Oxford University Press, New Delhi on The Oxford Short Introduction to Indian Foreign Policy, and with Cambridge University Press on Deadly Impasse: Trust and Mistrust in Indo-Pakistani Relations.


Al Qaeda: Understanding the Threat

Clint Watts

Al Qaeda, or, more appropriately, jihadism pursued under al Qaeda’s banner, has morphed over the past two decades. Al Qaeda operatives or “al Qaeda-like” organizations stretch throughout North Africa, across the Middle East and into South Asia. This disparate string of organizations, consisting mostly  of newcomers inspired by al Qaeda’s message, harness the energy of various conflicts in their respective regions to perpetuate an enduring conflict against the West. Understanding al Qaeda’s evolution to date will help evaluate the threat it represents for the future. On hand to discuss these issues is Clint Watts, an FPRI Senior Fellow and President of Miburo Solutions, Inc. He served as a U.S. Army infantry officer, a FBI Special Agent on a Joint Terrorism Task Force, and as the Executive Officer of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (CTC).  He regularly blogs on the FPRI blog Geopoliticus and is editor of the blog.

Turmoil in Ukraine and Russia's Uncertain Future

David Satter

Were the protests in Ukraine that led to the removal of the Yanukovych regime a harbinger of things to come in Russia, or was the Russian incursion into Crimea a precursor of future Russian expansion? To explore the latest developments in Ukraine and Russia, we featureone of the world’s most prominent commentators on Russia, David Satter. A senior fellow of FPRI and the Hudson Institute, Satter has been a student of Russia and the Soviet Union for four decades, first as a correspondent for the London Financial Times, then for the Wall Street Journal, and subsequently as a representative of more than one think tank.

The Terrorist's Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations

Jacob Shapiro

From how terrorist groups make payroll or file expenses, Jacob Shapiro constructs an unusual picture of terrorist organizations – and the weaknesses they share with other bureaucratic institutions as well as the dilemmas they fact in maintaining control and secrecy simultaneously.  Shapiro uses captured al Qaeda documents and the techniques of organizational studies to develop unique insights into how terrorist groups operate and how their weaknesses may be exploited. He is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and co-directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project.  Shapiro is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Associate Editor of World Politics, a Faculty Fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), and served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in Economics from Stanford University.