The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is an American think tank based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that conducts research on geopolitics, international relations, and international security in the various regions of the world as well as on ethnic conflict, U.S. national security, terrorism, and on think tanks themselves. It publishes a quarterly journal, ''Orbis (foreign policy), Orbis'', as well as a series of monographs, books, and electronic newsletters.


FPRI was founded by Ambassador Robert Strausz-Hupé, a Vienna native who immigrated to the United States in 1923. Dissatisfied with the containment strategy of John Foster Dulles and the Eisenhower administration's foreign policy in general, Strausz-Hupé founded FPRI in 1955 with support from the University of Pennsylvania and the Smith Richardson Foundation. In 1957 publication commenced of the institute's quarterly, ''Orbis''. Since the end of the Cold War the institute has focused on education in international affairs, sponsoring various programs in Philadelphia area schools as well as conferences and seminars for high school and junior college teachers and lectures for the general public. The U.S.-led War on Terrorism is also a central topic of FPRI research.

Research programs

Within the FPRI are the following programs: the Program on National Security (chaired by John Lehman); the Asia Program (directed by Jacques deLisle); the Program on the Middle East (directed by Aaron Stein); the Eurasia Program (co-directed by Adrian A. Basora and John R. Haines); the Center for Study of America and the West (founded in 1997, directed by Ronald J. Granieri, and chaired by Walter A. McDougall); the Center for the Study of Terrorism (co-chaired by Lawrence Husick and Edward A. Turzanski); and the Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Program (founded in 1989 and directed by James McGann).

Board of Trustees

As of 2021, the Board of Trustees also includes: * Robert Freedman (political scientist), Robert Freedman, Chairman * Dov S. Zakheim, Vice-Chair * Adrian A. Basora * Larry Ceisler * John Hillen * John F. Lehman, Jr. * H.R. McMaster * Charles A. Ray


Funding details as of 2018:


*''Orbis (journal), Orbis'' *''e-notes : a catalyst for ideas'' *''Foreign Policy Research Institute footnotes'' *''Foreign Policy Research Institute wire''

See also

*Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP)


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