Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Announcing the Fall 2013 Calendar

Announcing the Fall 2013 Calendar

  • July 1, 2013

Announcing the Fall 2013 Calendar

  • July 1, 2013

The Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is proud to announce its complete events calendar for the 2013 Fall Season. With regular programming in Philadelphia, Princeton, New York City, Washington, DC, and – beginning this fall – the Philadelphia suburbs, FPRI is now offering its programs to more audiences in more locations than ever before.

Making its return this fall are the always popular Ginsburg Lecture Series (hosted and co-sponsored by the National Liberty Museum) and Princeton Committee of FPRI. What’s more, FPRI is continuing its partnerships with the New York Historical Society and Washington, D.C.-based Reserve Officers Association to bring additional events to those cities as well.

New this season is a series of breakfast briefings in the Philadelphia suburbs. Beginning this September, FPRI will bring its unique brand of geopolitical discourse to the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne for a monthly discussion on national security and international affairs.

Also in September, FPRI will open up a portion of its nationally-renowned Butcher History Institute for Teachers to the general public, and feature a presentation on the City of Philadelphia’s unique role in the formation of liberal democracy. Then, on November 18, don’t miss out on the opportunity of a life-time as the recently retired Gen. James Mattis, USMC will keynote FPRI’s 2013 Annual Dinner fresh off of his tenure as the Commander of U.S. Central Command.

Be sure to join FPRI all season long for all of its regularly scheduled events as well, including Geopolitics with Granieri, the Inter-University Study Groups, and much more. FPRI welcomes active participation and support. Naturally, the higher the level of support, the more opportunities for participation – not to mention the ability to help sustain an organization that shapes the national debate on foreign policy, and that makes a vital contribution to international and civic literacy in the community and in the classroom.

For more information about FPRI, its programs, or its research, please contact Eli Gilman at (215) 732-3774 ext. 255, or by email at To keep up with FPRI, be sure to “like” FPRI on Facebook and follow FPRI on Twitter @fprinews.

The full calendar is printed below.


All events require reservations in advance.  RSVP:


The Stanley & Arlene Ginsburg Lectures

Hosted and Cosponsored by Gwen Borowsky, CEO, National Liberty Museum
5:30 p.m. Registration; 5:45 p.m. Lecture
Free for Members of FPRI ($75 Level) and NLM, $20 for Non-Members
Dinner Immediately Following for Bronze Partners of FPRI
At the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Phila.

Tuesday, September 24
Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God

Featuring Matthew Levitt, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

In this booktalk, Matthew Levitt breaks new ground with the first thorough examination of Hezbollah’s covert operations beyond Lebanon’s borders, covering the rest of the Middle East, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and North America. Levitt is a senior fellow and director of the Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He has held counterterrorism responsibilities in the US Department of the Treasury, the State Department, and the FBI.

Tuesday, October 29
Drone Warfare: A Legal and Strategic Assessment

Featuring Amos N. Guiora, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah

In this talk, Amos Guiora draws on his new book Legitimate Target: A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing (Oxford University Press), which in turn draws on nearly 20 years of experience in operational counterterrorism as part of the Israel Defense Force (including senior command positions). Guiora is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Global Justice at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and a Research Fellow at the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel.

Monday, December 2
The Rise of China’s Military: What It Means for the US

Featuring Toshi Yoshihara, U.S. Naval War College

With the rapid expansion of China’s economy has come the rise of its military power and the enlargement of its regional and global aspirations. Is China on a trajectory that will bring it into conflict with the United States? To discuss these issues, we are pleased to feature Toshi Yoshihara, who holds the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Naval War College, where he is a professor of strategy. He has been affiliated with the RAND Corporation, AEI, and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis. He is author of Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy.

The 17th Annual Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs

5:30 p.m. Registration; 5:45 p.m. Lecture
Free for Members of FPRI and NLM, $20 for Non-Members
Dinner Immediately Following for Bronze Partners of FPRI
At the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Phila.

Thursday, October 3
Attacking America: Al-Qaida’s Grand Strategy in its War with the World

Featuring Mary Habeck, Johns Hopkins University

In this booktalk, Mary Habeck explores the underpinnings of Al Qaeda’s grand strategy, and what it may portend for the future. An Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins, she served on the National Security Council and taught at Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. Previous lecturers in this series include Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth; George Weigel, biographer of Pope John Paul II; James Billington, Librarian of Congress; and Lorenzo Vidino, a scholar with the Swiss-based Center for Security Studies (and FPRI Senior Fellow).


Main Line Breakfast Briefings

Chaired by James Gately
7:30 a.m. Breakfast; 8:00 a.m. Briefing; 9:00 a.m. Adjournment
Philadelphia Country Club, 1601 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA

This entire series is free for FPRI Members (and spouses) at the $500 level.
For Members below the $500 level, the introductory rate for the Fall series is $50.
For non-members, the special introductory rate for the Fall series is $100.
A table of 10 for one session is $1000 / A table for the Fall series is $2,500


Wednesday, September 11

China, Iran, and the Application of Cyber Weapons
Lawrence Husick, Co-chair of FPRI’s Center for the Study of Terrorism

An easy-to-understand guide to cyber threats, this briefing has been described by former National Security Advisor Robert MacFarlane as “the best briefing I’ve heard from anyone, anywhere” on this subject.   Husick co-directs FPRI’s project on Teaching Innovation; he is a faculty member at the Whiting Graduate School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.


Wednesday, October 9

Homegrown Terrorism: What We Know, What We Need to Find Out
Clinton Watts, Senior Fellow, FPRI

The Boston bombings raised anew questions about our capacity to detect radicalization and the turn to violence, and about the capacity for one arm of the government to alert and inform another. An experienced counterterrorism practitioner, Clint Watts will assess the threat of homegrown terrorism and explore potential remedies. He served as an FBI Special Agent on a Joint Terrorism Task Force and as Executive Officer of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.


Wednesday, November 13

China, Japan, and Southeast Asia: Territorial Disputes and the Prospects for Conflict
June Teufel Dreyer, Senior Fellow, FPRI, and Professor of Political Science, University of Miami

A variety of territorial disputes have arisen between China and its neighbors, creating significant international tension in the Asia Pacific area.  To explore the implications and the likely trajectory of these disputes, we are pleased to feature June Teufel Dreyer, who has served as senior Far East Specialist at the Library of Congress, Asia policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations, and as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Dr. Dreyer’s most recent book is China’s Political System: Modernization and Tradition (8th edition, 2012) and she is currently writing a book on Sino-Japanese relations, under contract to Oxford University Press. 


Wednesday, December 11   

The Three Biggest Threats to American Security
Edward Turzanski, John Templeton Fellow, FPRI

A ubiquitous presence in local, national, and international media, Ed Turzanski served with the US intelligence community throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe and was a member of the US Department of Justice’s Anti-Terror Advisory Committee.  In this talk, he will offer an overview of US security vulnerabilities and what can be done to remedy them.



 Geopolitics with Granieri

Hosted by Ron Granieri, Executive Director, FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West

In a departure from our usual lecture format, this monthly program (one Tuesday a month) is conducted as an interview (interrogation might be a better word).  Audience participation in person and on the web is encouraged.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
At FPRI, 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610, Phila. and on the web


Participation in person is limited to FPRI members at the $75 level.
Participation via the web is limited to FPRI members at the $35 level.
NOTE: Members at the $500 level are invited to lunch immediately following.



Tuesday, September 17  – Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tuesday, October 15
Tuesday, November 12 – Stephen Blank, American Foreign Policy Council
Tuesday, December 17

Guests and topics will be added closer to the date of the event.



Sponsor’s Forum

Exclusively for FPRI Sponsors (members at the $250 level and guests of Pepper Hamilton LLP)
*Please Bring Photo ID*
 Pepper Hamilton, 31st Fl, Pepper Conference Center, Two Logan Square (18th and Arch St), Phila, PA    

Thursday, October 24 

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

The Terrorist’s Dilemma
Jacob Shapiro, Asst Prof of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Co-Director, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project

How do terrorist groups control their members? Do the tools groups use to monitor their operatives and enforce discipline create security vulnerabilities that governments can exploit? The Terrorist’s Dilemma is the first book to systematically examine the great variation in how terrorist groups are structured. Jacob Shapiro provocatively discusses the core managerial challenges that terrorists face and illustrates how their political goals interact with the operational environment to push them to organize in particular ways. He provides a historically informed explanation for why some groups have little hierarchy, while others resemble miniature firms, complete with line charts and written disciplinary codes. Looking at groups in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, he highlights how consistent and widespread the terrorist’s dilemma—balancing the desire to maintain control with the need for secrecy—has been since the 1880s. Through an analysis of more than a hundred terrorist autobiographies he shows how prevalent bureaucracy has been, and he utilizes a cache of internal documents from al-Qa’ida in Iraq to outline why this deadly group used so much paperwork to handle its people. Tracing the strategic interaction between terrorist leaders and their operatives, Shapiro closes with a series of comparative case studies, indicating that the differences in how groups in the same conflict approach their dilemmas are consistent with an agency theory perspective.  



FPRI at the New-York Historical Society


NY Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), NYC
Tickets are required and may be purchased through the New York Historical Society (212-485-9268).


Saturday, October 19

9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 9:30 – 11:00 Program

Winston Churchill, the Rise of German Power, and the Outbreak of World War I
Featuring John H. Maurer

The looming hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War provides an opportunity to take stock of this tragic turning point in world history.  Though Winston Churchill is well remembered for his leadership role in the Second World War, he held leadership roles in the run-up to World War I.  In this lecture, Maurer will explore why Churchill’s efforts to avert war with Germany failed, and by examining Churchill’s interpretation of the war’s beginning, it is possible to grapple with the question of whether this was inevitable or an avoidable tragedy.  Maurer is the Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy at the US Naval War College and the recipient of the US Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award.


Saturday, December 14

9:00 a.m. continental breakfast 9:30 – 12:15 Program

Remembering Great Generals
Session 1: Jean Edward Smith ON General Ulysses S. Grant and the Way We Look at War

More than any other figure except Lincoln, General Grant was responsible for saving the Union. He saw war at its most extreme and was determined to prevent it from recurring.  In this talk, Jean Edward Smith will explore the legacy of Ulysses S. Grant. Smith is professor of political science emeritus at the University of Toronto and a visiting professor at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown.  His book Grant was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  More recently, he is author of Eisenhower in War and Peace.

Session 2: Lewis Sorley ON General Creighton Abrams: The Qualities that Set Him Apart

Over nearly four decades and three wars, Creighton Abrams demonstrated tactical and strategic brilliance, as well as personal bravery and integrity of the highest order.  In this talk, Lewis Sorley will explore the attributes that set Abrams apart.  A former soldier and civilian official of the CIA, Sorley holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University and has served on the faculties of West Point and the Army College.  He is author of Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times and, most recently, Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam.





Manhattan Salons


Monthly meetings chaired by Devon Cross and Vanessa Neumann
Held at the homes of, and supported by, NYC Friends of FPRI



 Princeton Committee of FPRI

John R. Haines, Executive Director

6:00 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Lecture; 8:00 p.m. Adjournment
Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ
Open to Members of FPRI at the Sponsors Level ($250)


Thursday, October 10:

Israel and Palestine: Does the Two-State Solution Have a Future?
Hon. Daniel C. Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Princeton University

Dan Kurtzer served as US Ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001) and as US Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005). Throughout his 29-year career in the US Foreign Service, Ambassador, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. Since leaving government service, Kurtzer has served as an advisor to the Iraq Study Group; as a member of the Board of the American University in Cairo; the Advisor Council of the American Bar Association’s Middle East Rule of Law Initiative and of the Middle East Institute; as the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League; and as a member of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (2008), co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 (2013); and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2012). He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Thursday, Novemer 21:

Special Operations Forces in the 21st Century
Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert (US Army, Ret.)

General Lambert was Commander of U.S. Army Special Forces Command (the Green Berets), the Special Operations Command Europe, and the Special Operations Command of the NATO Implementation Force in the Balkans.  He served multiple tours with the 75th Ranger Regiment and the U.S. Army Special Forces, becoming an expert in unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency, and other aspects of irregular warfare. His numerous military operations include coauthoring the plan that led to a 55-man advisory program in El Salvador that defeated the communist-supported insurgency. In 2004, Lambert left the Army to work in the private sector. He was a vice president for the engineering and technology applications firm Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and a principal for public consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He is currently a Principal for Quantum Technology Sciences.


Thursday, December 5:


The Rise of India and the Geopolitics of Asia
Sumit Ganguly, Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, Indiana University

Sumit Ganguly, Senior Fellow of FPRI, is a Professor of Political Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His research and writing, focused primarily on South Asia, has been supported by grants from the Asia Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and the US Institute of Peace. Professor Ganguly is the author, editor or co-editor of a dozen books on South Asia. His most recent books are Asian Rivalries: Conflict, Escalation and Limits on Two-Level Games, co-editor with William Thompson (Stanford University Press, 2011) and India since 1980, co-author with Rahul Mukherjee (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is currently under contract with Oxford University Press, New Delhi on The Oxford Short Introduction to Indian Foreign Policy, and with Cambridge University Press on Deadly Impasse: Trust and Mistrust in Indo-Pakistani Relations.



 Inter-University Study Groups

Greater Philadelphia is home to 80-plus institutions of higher learning, and FPRI is the place where the great minds of these institutions meet through our Inter-University Study Groups.  Each month a guest speaker presents a paper for in-depth discussion in seminar format and in the dinner following. 

4:30 p.m. Seminar; 6:00 p.m. Dinner • At FPRI, 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610, Philadelphia
Participation is limited to university faculty and to FPRI Members at the $1000 level.

Study Group on America and the West

Chair: Ron Granieri, Executive Director, FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West

Monday, September 30

American Umpire
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
Dwight E. Stanford Professor of American Foreign Relations, San Diego State University

In this presentation about her new book American Umpire (Harvard University Press, 2013), Elizabeth Cobb Hoffman offers a new interpretation of American foreign policy, exploring America not as an empire but as an umpire. Hoffman is a National Fellow Stanford’s Hoover Institution.


Study Group on Asia

Chair: Jacques deLisle, Director, FPRI Asia Program,
Stephen Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Monday, October 21
Kent Calder
Director, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, November 6
Bruce Dickson
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University


Washington, DC Events

Chaired by the Hon. John Hillen and the Hon. Dov S. Zakheim
Hosted by the Reserve Officers Association
One Constitution Avenue, NE


Wednesday, October 23

1:45 Registration, 2:00 – 4:00 Program
Symposium and Webcast

Foreign Fighters in Syria and Beyond

William McCants, CNA Center for Naval Analyses
Barak Mendelsohn, Associate Professor of Political Science, Haverford College, and Senior Fellow, FPRI
Clinton Watts, President, Miburo Solutions, and Senior Fellow, FPRI

What impact are third party nationals having in the conflict in Syria? What impact will they have when they return to their home countries with advanced training and skills acquired while fighting abroad? Building on the work of two previous conferences dealing with the problem posed by so-called “foreign fighters,” FPRI’s Program on National Security brings together an excellent panel of relevant subject matter expertise to discuss the questions posed above and more.  

More to come!


The Madeleine and W. W. Keen Butcher History Institute

For over 15 years, FPRI has been running weekend-long conferences for teachers, usually 2-3 a year, focusing on a wide range of topics in U.S. and world history. Teachers from 681 schools across 46 states have participated to date, and FPRI’s website offers an extensive archive of texts, video files and lesson plans drawn from the History Institutes. The main features are:

  • Selection of 40-45 teachers from around the country to participate in each weekend, drawing on private, public, and parochial schools, and including new, as well as more experienced, teachers.  In particular, we seek teachers who can be “force multipliers,” demonstrated by a record of mentoring or leading other teachers (making presentations at professional conferences, leading the local or regional history or social studies council, or developing curriculum).
  • Presentations by eight top scholars, practitioners, or journalists who are known not only for their scholarship and depth but for their ability to communicate to non-specialists.
  • Provision for free room and board, partial travel reimbursement, and, in exchange for a reproducible lesson plan, a stipend.
  • Broad dissemination of the lectures to educators across the country (as well as to FPRI’s other key lists of policymakers, scholars, military personnel, and media) of a 1,500 to 3,000 word write-up of each lecture by e-mail.  We also videotape the lectures for posting on our website, with free access for all. The website draws 2 million hits monthly. Bulletins drawn from our History Institute have been reprinted in American Educator, the magazine of the American Federation of Teachers (circulation: 800,000), on the Educational Resource Information Clearinghouse (a project of the U.S. Department of Education), the listserv of H-High, which reaches high school social studies teachers around the country, and the History News Network
  • Award of a certificate of instruction for all participating teachers; for a nominal fee, Carthage College grants one graduate credit.

September 28-29, 2013 (Philadelphia)

The Creation of Liberal Democracy: Did It Happen in Philadelphia by Accident?

Once upon a time, Philadelphia made a historic contribution to the world and to the development of freedom. The question “Did it happen in Philadelphia by accident?” gives us an opportunity to explore what precisely happened here in the pre-revolutionary and revolution periods; to ascertain the cultural, political and economic prerequisites to the development of liberal societies; and to weigh the lessons for the historic transitions of our time and for the US “export” of democracy. To assist teachers in grappling with these issues, we have assembled scholars who have made unique contributions in this field. 


November 2-3, 2013 (Pittsburgh)

The Invention of the Modern Middle East, Post-World War I, And the Reinvention of the Middle East, Post-Arab Spring

Hosted and Cosponsored by the Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

The modern Middle East, as we knew it, was formed in the aftermath of World War I; yet we are now facing an upheaval on possibly the same scale of that seminal period in history. In this intensive weekend-long conference for high school teachers, we will explore the historic developments of our time in the larger historical context of another era — with lectures by the best scholars in the country. Teachers will complete the weekend with a much deeper appreciation and understanding of the Middle East and the implications for US foreign policy.


Public Portion of the September History Institute

Saturday, September 28 • 7:00 p.m. Registration 7:15 Lecture 
Loews Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia
Free for Members of FPRI and Educators and Students; $20 for Non-Members

Why the Pursuit of Happiness?
Alan Charles Kors, Henry Charles Lea Professor of European History, UPenn.; Senior Fellow, FPRI

A specialist in European intellectual history of the 17th and 18th centuries, Kors has won the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for distinguished college teaching and served for 6 years on the National Council for the Humanities. A champion of academic freedom, he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005.  He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.


FPRI Annual Dinner

Presentation of the 9th Annual Benjamin Franklin Award
Honoring and Featuring a Keynote by

 General James Mattis

Reflections of a Combatant Commander in a Turbulent World

 Monday, November 18, 2013

Westin Hotel, Philadelphia

The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is proud to announce that General James Mattis, USMC (Ret.) will receive the 9th Annual Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service at the organization’s 2013 Annual Dinner. General Mattis will also deliver the keynote address at the event, which will be held in Philadelphia – the birthplace of the Marine Corps – on Monday, November 18, 2013.

General Mattis is widely known within the U.S. military as the most revered Marine Corps officer in a generation. With a reputation for candor, a career of combat achievements, and a library that once spanned 7,000 books, Gen. Mattis has a record of over 41 years of public service.  Modern military historians chronicle him as one of America’s great soldier-scholars. In March 2013, he ended his service as the eleventh commander of U.S. Central Command, where he was responsible for U.S. military activities in one of the world’s most volatile regions, including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Commissioned a second lieutenant in 1972, Mattis has commanded at every level in the Marine Corps. As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion, 7th Marines during the first Gulf War. As a brigadier general, he commanded Task Force 58, which, shortly after 9/11 conducted an amphibious assault to seize the airfield at Kandahar, Afghanistan. During the invasion of Iraq, Major General Mattis commanded the 1st Marine Division on the “march up” to Baghdad. Before his posting to USCENTCOM, Gen. Mattis commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command, becoming one of only a few general officers to hold two four-star billets.

Previous recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Award include Henry A. Kissinger, Robert D. Kaplan, Walter Russell Mead, Fouad Ajami, Niall Ferguson, Charles Krauthammer, John R. Bolton, and Philip Zelikow.

Seats and tables are available to FPRI Partners (see partnership details for complete list of benefits) as well as to Corporate Sponsors.  Individual tickets are available for purchase at $500, while tables of ten are available at $4,500. 

For more information, contact Eli Gilman at 215-732-3774, ext. 255 or email To become a Partner of FPRI, sign up here