Mentorship is one of the pillars on which FPRI stands. The Institute prides itself in providing training to its interns – mostly college students, but some high school students as well – in research and policy analysis, editorial and verbal skills, and in the field of international relations broadly.  From time to time, we are proud to showcase exceptional work produced by FPRI interns – in the form of blog posts, E-Notes, infographics, or even podcasts and E-books; hence, the establishment of this page – Interns’ Corner – on the FPRI website. FPRI interns have gone on to hold key posts in the US government, including first US Ambassador to Kosovo, Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the State Department, Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Strategic Advisor to the Commander of Cyber Command, even Undersecretary of Defense. Also, as of this writing, one FPRI senior fellow, one FPRI Fox Junior Fellow, and one Harvey Sicherman Scholar at FPRI are all former interns.

How Russia and the U.S. Factor into Syria: A Briefing Report

Five years into a geopolitically convoluted and logistically complex civil war in Syria, there appears to be no end in sight. Not only are numerous regional groups engaged in this conflict, but also the issue is further complicated by...

Read more »

Opposition Candidates in the 2018 Russian Presidential Election: A Primer

On March 18, Russia will hold its presidential election. The outcome is not in doubt: current President Vladimir Putin will be elected to a fourth term. Opposition candidates readily admit as much: one of Putin’s putative rivals in the...

Read more »

American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump: A Report

On January 23, Hal Brands, the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, gave a talk regarding his...

Read more »

Understanding the North Korean Threat with Lt. Gen. (Ret) In-Bum Chun: A Report

Since the Cold War, few crises have put so many Americans on edge as the escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump continue to send mixed signals of...

Read more »

Built to Last: Coalition Formation and German-Russian Relations after the Election

Two words capture a broad swathe of U.S. and European political concerns over the past twelve months: elections and Russia. However, in a year when it seemed that every election threatened potentially dire consequences for American interests, the European...

Read more »

The Maple Leaf Mujahideen: The Rise of the Canadian Jihadi Movement

Though seldom mentioned in the same breath as prolific Western jihadi producers such as France, Germany, and Belgium, Canada has a long and often overlooked history of producing jihadists. From the “Millennium Bomber” and the “Toronto 18” to the...

Read more »

Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Assessing the Threat—and Containing It

Since 9/11, scholars and citizens across the United States have heralded jihadi terrorist groups as the single greatest threat to American national security. Mendelsohn however, argued that this assessment is not only hyperbolic, but it also fundamentally mischaracterizes the...

Read more »

What is Geopolitics?

Robert Strausz-Hupé, the founder of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, was a leading exponent of the field of geopolitics, a political framework that supports the examination of international affairs in the context of culture, history, and geography, in addition...

Read more »

Resetting the Reset: Looking Back at the Cycle of U.S.-Russia Relations

Since the early 1990s, the U.S.-Russia relationship has faced a series of ebbs and flows amid numerous attempts to build a better rapport. The reasons behind the failure to create a positive relationship have been the subject of much...

Read more »

Will the Post-Mortem Begin in Poland?

Among the many places where observers might have expected to hear the death knells of liberal democracy, Poland can’t have been high on the list. Yet, a number of developments in that country’s foreign policy and international outlook...

Read more »

U.S.-China Relations: An Uncertain Balance

Professor deLisle began his presentation on what he referred to as one of the world’s most important bilateral relationships by discussing China’s growth over the last fifty years. While China is not yet on equal footing with the United...

Read more »

In Search of a Trump Doctrine

The Trump Doctrine—a core of fundamental foreign policy beliefs—has so far proved elusive, said Dom Tierney in his opening talk to FPRI interns. In searching for the Trump Doctrine, Dr. Tierney categorized Trump’s beliefs into three distinct “baskets.” The...

Read more »

Cyber Insecurity

Mr. Lawrence Husick began his talk on the admittedly complicated issue of cyber insecurity with a primer on the technological basics of cyber threats. Cyber threats can be executed with a variety of tools including, but not limited to,...

Read more »

The Iraq Wars: An Enduring Puzzle

Dr. Samuel Helfont, started his lecture by highlighting how odd it is that Iraq has been such a central part of U.S. foreign policy for over 25 years. Iraq on the surface, according to Helfont, is not a particularly...

Read more »

Why the Korean War Erupted

Although the purpose of this conference was to understand why America goes to war, it is more important in the case of the Korean War, Waldron argued, to understand why Korea and China entered the war. The Communist Party...

Read more »

What Should Be the Role of Democracy Promotion in American Foreign Policy?

On June 19, the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) hosted a BookTalk on “Does Democracy Matter?,” a recently published collection of essays edited by Adrian Basora, Agnieszka Marczyk, and Maia Otarashvili. The panel featured Ambassador Basora and Nikolas Gvosdev,...

Read more »

Bulgaria’s Presidential Election: Uncertainty Looms

Bulgaria is a parliamentary representative republic, in which the president, elected by Bulgarian citizens, serves as the head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The President of Bulgaria is also responsible for determining and implementing the country’s...

Read more »

Primer on the Alawites in Syria

The Syrian conflict has captured the attention of the world. Currently, at least 470,000 Syrians have been killed, and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. Additionally, more than 11 million people (almost half of Syria’s pre-war population...

Read more »

The Foreign Policy Views of Donald Trump

The foreign policy views of the Republican nominee Donald Trump have been called dangerous, treasonous, confused – and that’s just ...

Read more »

Moldova’s Presidential Election: Europe vs. Russia

The upcoming presidential elections in Moldova will determine whether the country further integrates with the European Union or develops a closer relationship with Russia....

Read more »

Transnistria Primer

Transnistria, or the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), exists unsure of its place in the world. To its west, across the Dniester River, lies the breakaway region’s parent state, Moldova, and, beyond that, European Union (EU) member Romania. To the...

Read more »

Tsai Ing-wen’s Presidential Platform

. Tsai must be pragmatic and diplomatic in order to get the results she hopes to achieve. Taking office in a tense political atmosphere, the new president must maintain the status quo with China if she hopes to initiate...

Read more »

The Presidential Candidates on Democracy Promotion in the Middle East

The past two presidents have been deeply engaged in promoting democracy in the Middle East. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Middle East emerged as a key region of strategic interest for the United States,...

Read more »

Where Does Tunisia Go from Here?

The revolution in Tunisia has arguably been by far the most successful of the Arab Spring movements to date. Longtime president Zine El Abadine Ben Ali has been deposed, a new Constitution has been implemented, and the big-tent, secular...

Read more »

Understanding Why People Flock to the Islamic State

Approaching the Islamic State On August 12, two teens from Mississippi were apprehended on their way to join the Islamic ...

Read more »

A Quick Guide to the Foreign Policy Views of the Democratic Presidential Candidates

As of this writing, five Democrats are running for their party’s nomination for President of the United States: Hillary Clinton, ...

Read more »

Israel and the Arab Gulf States: Strategic Relationships

This infographic was created to illustrate the strategic relationship between Israel and the Arab Gulf States, categorizing and explaining the major areas ...

Read more »

A Quick Guide to the Foreign Policy Views of the Republican Presidential Candidates

At a Glance As of this writing, sixteen candidates are formally running for the nomination of the Republican Party for ...

Read more »

Reforming the Israeli Electoral System: What’s Needed? What’s Possible?

Over a month and a half has passed since the March 17th Israeli parliamentary elections decisively granted Netanyahu’s Likud party ...

Read more »

Do Israelis Think Left and Vote Right?

It is expected that on January 22, when Israelis go to the polls, the merged Likud-Yisrael Beitenu party will secure ...

Read more »