FPRI founded the Center for the Study of America and the West in 1997 when the great debate over the shape of the post-Cold War world order was at its peak. Inspired by a mission to help Americans understand the roots and values of the United States, its role within Western Civilization, and, indeed, the role of Western Civilization in world history, the Center brings together historians, political scientists, and other scholars who explore and illuminate the key dimensions of American identity, transatlantic relations, and Western Civilization. In the more than two decades since its founding, as the United States and its allies have faced a variety of new internal and external challenges to their values and interests, the mission of the Center for the Study of America and the West has become even more critical. With a special focus on both the scholarly discourse and the teaching of history, the Center publishes original research, presents the monthly interview program. People Politics and Prose as well as special events through the year, organizes events for audiences ranging from high school students to their teachers and other professionals, and offers a variety of web-based resources for students, scholars, and the interested public.