“We need an organization like FPRI – one with a keen interest in our country and America’s future. And you need them, because any organization that’s been dedicated to the proposition that America must think before it acts, is critical, especially in transition times when the old rules no longer apply.”
— Gen (Ret.) James Mattis
“Thank you for the work you do here at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. It has never been more needed. The right question is not, what’s the problem, it’s what’s the story, and I think that ties in pretty much to what this organization tries to do. What’s the broader arc here, what’s the larger, longer context.”
— Gen (Ret.) Michael Hayden, Former Director of the CIA (2006-2009)
“In this era of hyper-partisanship, intellectually independent organizations like FPRI are a vital resource to the nation. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a native Philadelphian, I am proud to have this organization in my backyard.”
— Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-13)
The Foreign Policy Research Institute is dedicated to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. It seeks to educate the public, teach teachers, train students, and offer ideas to advance U.S. national interests based on a nonpartisan, geopolitical perspective that illuminates contemporary international affairs through the lens of history, geography, and culture.
Educating the American Public
FPRI was founded on the premise that an informed and educated citizenry is paramount for the U.S. to conduct a coherent foreign policy. Today, we live in a world of unprecedented complexity and ever-changing threats, and as we make decisions regarding the nation’s foreign policy, the stakes could not be higher. FPRI offers insights to help the public understand this volatile world by publishing research, hosting conferences, and holding dozens of public events and lectures each year.
Unique among think tanks, FPRI offers professional development for high school teachers through its Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute, a series of intensive weekend-long conferences on selected topics in U.S. and world history and international relations. These nationally known programs equip educators to bring lessons of a new richness to students across the nation.
Teaching the Next Generation of Thinkers
At FPRI, we are proud to play a role in providing students – whether in high school, college, or graduate school – with a start in the fields of international relations, policy analysis, and public service. Interns gain experience in research, editing, writing, public speaking, and critical thinking.
We count among our ranks over 120 affiliated scholars located throughout the nation and the world. They are open-minded, ruthlessly honest, and proudly independent. In the past year, they have appeared in well over 100 different media venues – locally, nationally, and internationally.