Intern Corner

Intern Corner

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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.


Intern Corner

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


Ash Khayami

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 ...

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


Cornell Overfield

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 ...

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


Nathaniel Kennedy

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. ...

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


Nathaniel Kennedy

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 ...

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What is Geopolitics?


Cassandra Dula

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 ...

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


Cassandra Dula

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 ...

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Will the Post-Mortem Begin in Poland?


Reggie Kramer

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 ...

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U.S.-China Relations: An Uncertain Balance


Erin Gallagher

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 ...

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In Search of a Trump Doctrine


Brandon Kinney

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, ...

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Cyber Insecurity


Caroline Hecht

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 ...

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The Iraq Wars: An Enduring Puzzle


Andrew McGettigan

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 ...

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Why the Korean War Erupted


Sean McGarrity

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 ...

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


Cornell Overfield

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 ...

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Bulgaria’s Presidential Election: Uncertainty Looms


Reggie Kramer

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 ...

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Primer on the Alawites in Syria


Devin Trivedi

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 ...

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The Foreign Policy Views of Donald Trump


James Woolley

The foreign policy views of the Republican nominee Donald Trump have been called dangerous, treasonous, confused – and that’s just according to leading Republicans and conservatives. For example, the ...

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Moldova’s Presidential Election: Europe vs. Russia


Reggie Kramer

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

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Transnistria Primer


Reggie Kramer

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, ...

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FPRI Infographics, Intern Corner

Tsai Ing-wen’s Presidential Platform


Travis Travis

. 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 ...

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The Presidential Candidates on Democracy Promotion in the Middle East


Caroline Wallace

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 ...

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Where Does Tunisia Go from Here?


Will Dossett

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, ...

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E-Notes, Intern Corner

Understanding Why People Flock to the Islamic State


Ty Joplin

Approaching the Islamic State On August 12, two teens from Mississippi were apprehended on their way to join the Islamic State (IS). One, a student about to enter a ...

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E-Notes, Intern Corner

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


Brandon George Whitehill

As of this writing, five Democrats are running for their party’s nomination for President of the United States: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee. ...

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FPRI Infographics, Intern Corner

Israel and the Arab Gulf States: Strategic Relationships


Edyt Dickstein

This infographic was created to illustrate the strategic relationship between Israel and the Arab Gulf States, categorizing and explaining the major areas of interaction between the two under three subcategories: Political, Military, ...

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E-Books, FPRI Infographics, Intern Corner

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


Brandon George Whitehill

At a Glance As of this writing, sixteen candidates are formally running for the nomination of the Republican Party for the presidency of the United States. Our purpose here ...

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E-Notes, Intern Corner

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


Tamar Friedman Wilson

Over a month and a half has passed since the March 17th Israeli parliamentary elections decisively granted Netanyahu’s Likud party more seats in the Knesset than the opposing Zionist ...

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E-Notes, Intern Corner

Do Israelis Think Left and Vote Right?


Justin Scott Finkelstein

It is expected that on January 22, when Israelis go to the polls, the merged Likud-Yisrael Beitenu party will secure a plurality of seats in the Knesset and, in ...

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