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Foreign Policy Research Institute


The Foreign Policy Research Institute was founded in 1955 by Robert Strausz-Hupe on the premise that, as he put it, “a nation should think before it acts.”  Strausz-Hupe is said to have introduced geopolitics into the American vocabulary, which is simply the use of history, geography, and culture to illuminate contemporary international affairs and undergird recommendations for policies that advance the national interest -- a tradition that FPRI maintains to this day. Unique among the think tanks but derivative from its orientation toward history, it sponsors the Butcher History Institute, a nationally recognized professional development program for high school teachers that enjoys participation by faculty from over 700 schools in 46 states. FPRI publishes Orbis, a quarterly journal of world affairs, and E-Notes, circulated weekly by email to readers in over 85 countries. Its Marvin Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy offers programming in Philadelphia, Princeton, New York City, and Washington DC.

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Policy Briefs


Title: The Role of Military History in the Contemporary Academy
Authors: Tami Davis Biddle, Robert M. Citino
Date: February 2015

Title: Internet Connectedness: Unequaled Incubator for Innovation or the Death of Privacy and Civility? ·
Authors: Lawrence Husick
Date: February 2015

Title: The Meaning of Israeli-Palestinian Polls: What They Are Willing to Accept is Different From What They Want
Authors: Justin Scott Finkelstein
Date: January 2015

Title: The History of the Arab-Israeli Peace Process
Authors: Shibley Telhami
Date: January 2015

Title: Origins and Evolution of Zionism ·
Authors: Liora Halperin
Date: January 2015

Title: The Partition of Palestine ·
Authors: Bernard Wasserstein
Date: December 2014

Title: Origins of the Palestine Mandate
Authors: Adam Garfinkle
Date: November 2014

Title: The Korean Peninsula: Yesterday and Today
Authors: Paul Dickler
Date: June 2014

Title: From Black Boots to Desert Boots: The All-Volunteer Army Experiment Continues
Authors: Leonard Wong
Date: May 2014

Title: The Geopolitics of the Sunni-Shi'i Divide in the Middle East
Authors: Samuel Helfont
Date: December 2013

Title: The Three Versions of Al Qaeda: A Primer
Authors: Clint Watts
Date: December 2012

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