Public Forum at FPRI: Do Think Tanks Matter?

| Think Tanks and Foreign Policy

About the Event

With the release of the annual rankings of think tanks around the world on January 30, more than 100 think tanks are sponsoring forums on the role of think tanks in public policy. At FPRI, we will feature brief remarks by several FPRI scholars on FPRI’s role in the larger community of think tanks, responding to such questions as What makes FPRI tick? Does FPRI matter? How can we do better? Then we will invite our audience to respond with their own thoughts and questions. Participating FPRI scholars include: Michael Noonan, Director of Research; Tally Helfont, Director of the Program on the Middle East; Ronald Granieri, Director of the Center for the Study of America and the West; Jacques deLisle, Director of the Asia Program; Lawrence Husick, co-chair of the Center for the Study of Terrorism; Maia Otarashvili, Program Manager, Eurasia Program; Dominic Tierney, Senior Fellow, and others to be announced.

The Global Think Tank Index is conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, directed by James McGann (also Director of FPRI’s Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Program).



123 S. Broad St, Suite 1920
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19109


Free and open to the public. Advance registration required. 

Register for this event. 

Lunch immediately following exclusively for Fellows Members ($1,000) of FPRI. 

For more information, contact Rachel Hemler at [email protected] or at 215-732-3774 ext. 112.


Michael P. Noonan

Michael P. Noonan - Dr. Michael P. Noonan is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ronald J. Granieri

Ronald J. Granieri - Dr. Ronald J. Granieri is the Executive Director of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West, and host of People, Politics, and Prose, a monthly series of events.

Tally Helfont

Tally Helfont - Tally Helfont was the Director of FPRI's Program on the Middle East (2011-2018).

Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is the Director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lawrence Husick

Lawrence Husick - Lawrence Husick is Co-Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of Terrorism. He is also co-director of the FPRI Wachman Center’s Program on Teaching Innovation and a faculty member at the Whiting Graduate School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Biotechnology Program of the Johns Hopkins University.

Maia Otarashvili

Maia Otarashvili - Maia Otarashvili is the Director of the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Dominic Tierney

Dominic Tierney - Dominic Tierney is a Senior Fellow with FPRI’s Program on National Security and associate professor of political science at Swarthmore College.