Dr. Marvin Wachman (1917-2007) was a great advocate for educating young people. In a distinguished academic career, he served as president of both Temple University and Lincoln University and led the Foreign Policy Research Institute as president from 1983 to 1989. Throughout his life, he remained a passionate believer that “you never stop learning.”
Established in 1990, the Wachman Center is dedicated to improving international and civic literacy for high school teachers and high school students.
FPRI Radio is a podcast dedicated to topical discussions between members of the FPRI staff and leading experts on current events relating to and affecting world affairs in the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic domains. These conversations generally range from between 15 and 45 minutes in duration.
In this FPRI Radio podcast, Vincent Wang, FPRI Senior Fellow and Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond and Jacques deLisle, Director of FPRI’s Asia Program discuss Taiwan’s pursuit of meaningful participation in international organizations and the international system more broadly. The issues addressed include: Taiwan’s access to UN-affiliated entities such as the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization; Taiwan’s participation in key international economic bodies, such as the World Trade Organization, where Taiwan is a full member, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other increasingly important regional trade agreements, which Taiwan seeks to join but has not been admitted as a founding members; Taiwan’s robust informal international relations and membership in organizations that do not restrict membership to states; and the possible implications of Taiwan’s—and the U.S.’s—elections in 2016.
In this edition of FPRI Radio, Jacques deLisle assembles a panel of exeperts to discuss the fallout from Taiwan's recent elections, and their impact on Taiwan, Cross-Strait Relations, and the region as a whole.
In this edition of FPRI Radio, Jacques deLisle assembles a panel of exeperts to discuss what brought about the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, whether it will have any impact on the current government there, and whether recent talks between the two sides will have any effect on the relationship between the autonomous region and Mainland China.
In this edition of FPRI Radio, Jacques deLisle interviews Senior Fellow Sumit Ganguly about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent trip to Washington, and discusses India's foreign policy priorities. Sumit Ganguly holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and is a Professor of Political Science at Indiana University in Bloomington.
In this edition of FPRI radio, Jacques deLisle assembles three FPRI Senior Fellows to explore why a group of students recently occupied Taiwan’s legislature, and the group’s evolving mix of aims and agendas. Other topics include the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement and its perceived economic implications, allegations of undemocratic processes by Taiwan’s ruling KMT Party, the call for a citizens' constitutional conference, and how all of these issues affect Taiwan's upcoming local (2014) and national (2016) elections, Cross-Strait relations, and US foreign policy in the region.
In this edition of FPRI Radio, FPRI's Tally Helfont interviews Dr. Henri J. Barkey on Turkey’s ban of social media and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly erratic policies. Henri J. Barkey is the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University. He served as a member of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff. His most recent works include Iraq, Its Neighbors and the United States, co-edited with Phebe Marr and Scott Lasensky, (Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2011).
In November 2013 China's ruling Communist Party, headed by Xi Jinping, held a widely anticipated meeting of its central committee. This plenary session approved a sixty point decision outlining a new wave of reforms. Some observers have hailed the document as an ambitious blueprint tackling many of the most important problems now facing China. Others have been more skeptical. Six experts from Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China offer their perspectives on the meaning and significance of the proposed reforms.
In this edition of FPRI Radio focusing on the latest events in Ukraine, Alan Luxenberg interviews Adrian Basora, Director of FPRI's Project on Democratic Transitions and the former Ambassador to Prague.
In this edition of FPRI Radio, FPRI's Michael Noonan interviews Senior Fellow Stephen Blank on the latest news out of Ukraine.
Dr. Stephen J. Blank is an FPRI Senior Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council. He has published over 900 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia, consulted for the Central Intelligence Agency, major think tanks and foundations, chaired major international conferences in the U.S. and in Florence; Prague; and London, and has been a commentator on foreign affairs in the media in the U.S. and abroad. He has also advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group. He has published or edited 15 books, most recently Russo-Chinese Energy Relations: Politics in Command (London: Global Markets Briefing, 2006). He has also published Natural Allies? Regional Security in Asia and Prospects for Indo-American Strategic Cooperation (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2005). He is currently completing a book entitled Light From the East: Russia’s Quest for Great Power Status in Asia to be published in 2014 by Ashgate. Dr. Blank is also the author of The Sorcerer as Apprentice: Stalin's Commissariat of Nationalities (Greenwood, 1994); and the co-editor of The Soviet Military and the Future (Greenwood, 1992).
James G. McGann is an FPRI Senior Fellow and Director of its Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Program. In this edition of FPRI Radio he discusses the latest release of the Think Tanks Ranking and Trends report.
The report can be accessed here.