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Founded in 1955, FPRI ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the development of policies that advance U.S. national interests and seeks to add perspective to events by fitting them into the larger historical and cultural context of international politics.

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A 2005 meeting between Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Russia's Vladimir Putin. Photo Credit:

The Chemistry Of Syrian Lies And US Credulity Revealed – OpEd

21 Oct 2016 in 1 , Opinion

By Adam Garfinkle* (FPRI) — There are times when a person has to pinch himself to make sure he’s not dreaming. This happens when one’s sense of reality fails to jive with that of seemingly…

Mosul, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Bracken, Wikipedia Commons.

Putting The Battle For Mosul In Context – Analysis

21 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis

By Samuel Helfont* (FPRI) — It has been over two years since the Islamic State sacked the Iraqi city of Mosul and captured much of the Sunni Arab regions in northern and western Iraq. The…

Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. Photo Credit: Friends of Europe, Wikipedia Commons.

A Major Blunder At UN Narrowly Averted – Analysis

18 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis

At the UN Security Council in early October 2016, a last-minute push by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov succeeded in putting European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the ballot for the next Secretary-General. Though she lost…

Singing Lithuanian civilian defenders flash victory signs at Soviet soldiers preparing to occupy the Vilnius Press Center, January 11, 1991. Photo by Paulius Lileikis. Courtesy of the Central State Archives of Lithuania, LCVA 0-1-8094. Photo Credit: The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution (Seattle and Copenhagen: University of Washington Press and Museum Tusculanum Press, 2014), p. 301.

Singing Revolution: Past And Present – Analysis

17 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis

By Guntis Šmidchens* (FPRI) — Twenty five years ago, in September 1991 the Soviet Union recognized Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as independent countries. This was the dramatic conclusion to years of public activism.  These events…

President Barack Obama hosts the Nuclear Security Summit working dinner with the heads of delegations in the East Room of the White House, March 31, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

How National Security Decisions Are Made – Analysis

14 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis

By Nikolas K. Gvosdev* (FPRI) — Most Americans believe that they have an understanding of how the President makes important national security decisions, influenced by the depictions they see in Hollywood movies, from Dr. Strangelove…