The Center for the Study of America and the West was founded at FPRI in 1997 when the great debate over the shape of the post-Cold War world order was at its peak. At FPRI, it seemed critically important in either case for Americans to remember the roots and values of the United States, inquire about its role within Western Civilization, and, indeed, the role of Western Civilization in modern world history. Since the events of September 11, 2001, and the onset of the war against violent extremist forms of Islam, FPRI can only assert that the mission of the Center for the Study of America and the West has become even more critical.
The Center brings together historians, political scientists, and other scholars who explore and illuminate the key dimensions of American identity and Western Civilization. The Center publishes original research, conducts a Study Group, sponsors history institutes for high school teachers nationwide, and offers materials to many thousand more as web-based resources. The Center’s work affects both the scholarly discourse and the teaching of history, with a unique program on teaching American military history.