The Foreign Policy Research Institute is thrilled to announce that Ash Carter (U.S. Secretary of Defense 2015-2017) will present the keynote address at the 2017 Annual Dinner and be the recipient of the 13th Annual Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service.
Welcome to the summer issue of Orbis. As always, the journal offers articles that address a wide variety of topics of interest to those concerned with global security. We open the issue with a piece of historical importance: an article from the Fall 2008 issue of Orbis by H.R. McMaster, now President Donald Trump’s national security advisor. In this article, McMaster addressed the danger of basing our approach to conflict on simplistic and optimistic conceptions of war that ignore its enduring uncertainty and complexity.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute is thrilled to announce the appointment of Ann Thompson, a U.S. Army veteran, as the inaugural Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor Fellow. This fellowship was made possible by the generous support of Jim Petrucci and Greg Rogerson of J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute will be holding a BookTalk on its recently published book, Does Democracy Matter?: The United States and Global Democracy Support (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), on Monday, June 19 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the FPRI library. To register for this event, please contact Rachel Hemler at email@example.com or at (215) 732-3774 ext. 112 or register online.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Denise Natali has joined its Board of Advisors. Dr. Natali is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of National Strategic Studies with a focus on the Middle East, Iraq, trans-border Kurdish issues, and post-conflict stabilization. She has authored numerous publications, op-eds, and short analyses on Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Kurds and countering ISIL, such as The Kurdish Quasi-State: Development and Dependency in Post-Gulf War Iraq and The Kurds and the State: Evolving National Identity in Iraq, Turkey and Iran.
FPRI, in coordination with Academic Arrangements Abroad, would like to invite you to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime cultural cruise through France’s rich Bordeaux region. This is the land of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France, Queen of England, and one of the most powerful and charming women of the Middle Ages. Bordeaux’s fame as a capital of culture and wine has only grown since her day. During the autumn vendange, ply the Dordogne, Garonne, and Gironde rivers, stepping ashore to admire timeless architecture, learn about contemporary politics and culture, meet local winemakers, and enjoy haute cuisine.
In this week’s edition of the Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia’s Jewish weekly, an op-ed by the leadership of the Zionist Organization of America of Greater Philadelphia attacks FPRI and the National Liberty Museum for sponsoring our recent “Conversation on the Future of Israel and Palestine” with the head of the PLO delegation in Washington DC, Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, and attacking me (in my capacity as moderator) for standing silent while the Ambassador advocated what the ZOA calls “ethnic cleansing” of Jews from the West Bank.
In these pages, we offer you a glimpse of FPRI in action in 2016. We published over 250 articles on a variety of FPRI platforms, making our work accessible to hundreds of thousands of people, spread over virtually the entire world, nearly every day. That doesn’t count the 60-plus media outlets where our scholars have written, been interviewed, or cited. We also hosted over 75 events – offering regular programming in seven venues.