The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is dedicated to producing the highest quality scholarship and nonpartisan policy analysis focused on crucial foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. We educate those who make and influence policy, as well as the public at large, through the lens of history, geography, and culture.
About the Organization
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is a nonpartisan Philadelphia-based think tank dedicated to strengthening U.S. national security and improving American foreign policy.
Established in 1955 by the noted 20th century geopolitical strategist, Ambassador Robert Strausz-Hupé, FPRI was founded on the premise that an informed and educated citizenry is essential for the United States to understand complex international issues and formulate foreign policy. FPRI remains committed to this principle and strives to inform both policymakers and the general public through FPRI research and educational programs.
FPRI is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and takes no institutional positions on issues and conducts no advocacy. The organization has six main research programs, covering U.S. National Security, the Middle East, Eurasia, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Each program produces reports, articles, public events, and private briefings for policymakers, FPRI members, and the general public.
What We Do
The Foreign Policy Research Institute conducts in-depth research to find new information about U.S. foreign policy challenges and provide insightful analysis that is evidence-driven, policy- relevant, and nonpartisan. We produce research reports, articles, and summary briefs tailored to the needs of different audiences. We host public events and private briefings to make our findings as accessible as possible and to ensure the information we uncover reaches the American people and the policymakers who need it most.
Our Guiding Principles
FPRI is guided by a set of core values and principles. We are:
Objective: FPRI research is driven by facts and evidence. We strive to produce the highest quality open-source research and analysis that goes wherever the evidence leads us. We engage with experts from around the country and seek out new research techniques to continuously challenge ourselves to be better and uncover new information.
Nonpartisan: FPRI strives to avoid partisanship and advance Americans’ shared interest in prudent foreign policy that strengthens national security. FPRI does not take any institutional positions on issues or policy matters and seeks to develop an organizational culture that inspires creative and diverse viewpoints.
Policy-Relevant: At the end of the day, FPRI research must inform foreign policy decisions. To that end, FPRI ensures that its research produces actionable information that applies to the most crucial foreign policy challenges facing U.S. policymakers and the American people.
Independent: FPRI is committed to remaining independent and FPRI avoids reliance on any single source of support and takes precautions to prevent inappropriate outside influence.
Collaborative: FPRI emphasizes close collaboration across research programs. Our collaborative culture helps FPRI research consider more diverse viewpoints and the effects of cross-regional influences that might otherwise go unnoticed by a research team that exclusively focuses on one region or issue.
Our Unique Contribution
FPRI differentiates itself from other major research institutions in three key ways:
Beyond the Beltway: FPRI draws on talent from Philadelphia and around the United States. This approach helps FPRI consider more diverse viewpoints and avoids the groupthink that can develop in the Washington, D.C. and New York City think tank hubs. Our Philadelphia location also reminds FPRI to remain grounded in our country’s founding principles and aspirations.
Agility: FPRI’s core team is a small group of highly-motived professionals. Our lean organization allows FPRI to avoid bureaucratic inertia, rapidly react to changes in the national security environment, and produce incisive research with minimal overhead so that our supporters’ contributions go further.
Cross-Regional Perspectives: Our regional teams collaborate with one another to ensure that our research considers the effects of cross-regional influences that might otherwise go unnoticed by a research team that exclusively focuses on one region or issue.