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Presenting the Spring 2015 Issue of Orbis

We kick off the spring issue of Orbis with a very important article by Arthur Waldron, who contends that China’s adoption of a more forward policy militarily and a deeply revisionist approach diplomatically, especially since 2010, took the United States and its allies by surprise because American assumptions about China have been far too optimistic. Waldron surveys the new situation and concludes that neither we, nor our allies, understand the origins of the present situation, and accordingly how to deal with it. He believes that the situation can be managed and retrieved, but not without some major and quite unexpected changes.

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PDT Annual Report, 2014

Project on Democratic Transitions
Foreign Policy Research Institute

March 16, 2015

 

Dear Friends of PDT,

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Presenting the Winter 2015 Issue of Orbis

Mac Owens is Editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly journal of international affairs, and Senior Fellow in our Program on National Security. Orbis is published for the Foreign Policy Research Institute by Elsevier. For subscription or other information, visit the Elsevier website. FPRI members at the $150 level or above receive a complimentary subscription (for individuals, not institutions).

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A Note from Alan Luxenberg, President, FPRI

"If you're not busy being born, then you're busy dying." -- Bob Dylan

Dear Friends,

As suggested by the epigraph from Bob Dylan, we need constantly and forever to re-examine ourselves, reinvigorate ourselves, and even re-invent ourselves in order to survive and thrive.  This is what we have set out to do at FPRI by –   

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The FPRI-Kennan Institute Conference on Democracy

Larry DiamondOn Monday, October 20 the FPRI Project on Democratic Transitions achieved a very big first: our “Does Democracy Matter?” conference was

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FPRI's David Danelo on Life After Combat

The Return Book JacketPHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is proud to announce the release of The Return: A Field Manual for Life After Combat (Black Irish Books 2014), a new book by David Danelo, Director of FPRI’s Program on Field Research.

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Presenting the Fall 2014 Issue of Orbis

By Mackubin T. Owens


Mac Owens is Editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly journal of international affairs, and Senior Fellow in our Program on National Security. Orbis is published for the Foreign Policy Research Institute by Elsevier. For subscription or other information, visit: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/orbis/

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FPRI Surpasses Brookings -- On Facebook

PHILADELPHIA--Earlier today, FPRI (budget of $1.7 Million) surpassed the Brookings Institution (budget of $93 Million) in terms of numbers of Fans on Facebook:

Brookings: 115,502
FPRI: 115,560 

Another meaningful indicator measures level of engagement (Facebook calls it "people talking about this"): the number of people liking, sharing, or commenting on the institution's page in the past week:

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James Foley and the Battle for the Soul of the Arab and Muslim Worlds

As an American Muslim and as a journalist, I am more than appalled by the murder of James Foley and the murder video. If I were King of Whatever/Wherever,  I would go to war—to wipe out these IS perverts -- perverters not just of Islam but of all the decencies known to all men/women of all the traditional faiths and to all men/women of just simple decent feelings.

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