Why Think Tanks Matter in Times of Crisis

  • February 03, 2021
  • Date / Time:
  • February 03, 2021
  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

With the release of the annual rankings of think tanks around the world on January 28, more than 200 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, how think tanks can contribute in times of crisis,  and responding to such questions as What makes FPRI tick? Does FPRI matter? How can we do better? These questions and yours will drive conversation with FPRI scholars including Carol Rollie Flynn, Charles A. Ray, Africa Program Director; Jacques deLisle, Ron Granieri, and John Nagl.

Carol Rollie Flynn is the President of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Ms. Flynn held senior executive positions including Director of CIA’s Leadership Academy, Director of the Office of Foreign Intelligence Relationships, Associate Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, and Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America.  She has extensive experience in overseas intelligence operations, security, and counterintelligence.

Dr. John Nagl is the celebrated Head of the Haverford School. Dr. Nagl is a Senior Fellow with FPRI’s National Security Program and a member of FPRI’s Board of Advisors. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, Nagl was part of the writing team that produced the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual.

Charles A. Ray is an FPRI Trustee and Director of FPRI’s new Africa Program. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe. In addition, he was the first U.S. Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, opening the Consulate General there in 1998. Ray is currently a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Diplomacy, communications director for the Association of Black American Ambassadors, chair of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation Advisory Council, and a member of the board of the Cold War Museum.

Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, 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. He specializes in Chinese politics and legal reform, U.S-China relations, cross-strait relations, and China’s engagement with the international legal order.

Ron Granieri is a Templeton Fellow at FPRI and is the Executive Director of FPRI’s Center for the Study of the West. He is the recipient of a Federal Chancellor Scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is a member in the American Council on Germany’s Young Leader Program. He is the author of The Ambivalent Alliance: Konrad Adenauer, the CDU/CSU, and the West, 1949-1966 (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2003), and is currently completing a book entitled: The Fall and Rise of German Christian Democracy, From Detente to Reunification, for Oxford University Press.


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If you have any questions, please email Kayla Wendt at kwendt@fpri.org.