Programs


Central Asia Caucasus Institute
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) was founded in 1997 to respond to the increasing need for information, research and analysis on the vast territory of Central Eurasia stretching from Turkey to Western China, encompassing eight former Soviet republics as well as Afghanistan. The Institute’s aim has been to help bring greater attention to these regions among officials and policymakers. In 2005, CACI established a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center with the Stockholm-based Silk Road Studies Program, which was created in 2002 to advance similar objectives in Europe. CACI is led by its founding Chairman, S. Frederick Starr, and Director ...
 
Central Asia Counterterrorism Project
  Central Asia Counterterrorism Project   Launched in 2006, the American Foreign Policy Council's Central Asia Counterterrorism Project was designed to provide American politicians and journalists with new sources of information from Central Asia about ways to effectively wage the “war of ideas” against radical Islam, drawing on the Central Asian experience with the phenomenon. The project culminated in December 2006 with the publication of Central Asian Responses to Radical Islam. ...
 
China and East Asia Program
 AFPC President Herman Pirchner, Jr. and former U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, discuss Sino-U.S. relations with State Councilor Yang Jiechi (China’s top foreign policy official).     CHINA AND EAST ASIA PROGRAM  The American Foreign Policy Council China and East Asia Program is recognized in Washington and internationally as a catalyst for critical analysis on political, military and social developments in and related to the People's Republic of China and its neighbors. The program centers around three main initiatives- US-China delegations, publications and conferences, and the China Reform Monitor. Delegations to and from China – AFPC believes in engaging Chinese ...
 
Countering Islamic Extremism Project
 Today, nearly a decade-and-a-half after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the phenomenon of radical Islam remains poorly understood by the U.S. government and the American public. During the Bush era, U.S. counterterrorism policy was progressively subsumed by the conflict in Iraq, much to the detriment of early momentum against radical forces in the greater Middle East. Thereafter, over President Obama’s two terms in office, the importance of combatting radical Islamic movements and ideas has progressively waned. Yet, in the greater Middle East and beyond, the forces of religious radicalism remain in the ascent. Greater popular awareness of these trends ...
 
Defense Technology Program
DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM The American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) Defense Technology Program is built on four core initiatives - an e-journal, Hill briefings, the Defense Technology Monitor, and Strategic Primers. These projects fill a critical void by helping inform policymakers through access to timely, focused information on topics that affect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests. Led by Program Director Rich Harrison, data from the program's core initiatives is increasingly used by policymakers and members of the defense and intelligence community. Defense Dossier e-journal – In December 2011, AFPC began publishing an online magazine (e-journal) to highlight emerging national security threats to ...
 
Iran Freedom Initiative
AFPC Vice President Ilan Berman testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in one of his twelve congressional testimonies on Iran.   Iran Freedom Initiative Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is among the greatest challenges to American objectives in the Middle East, and to long-term success in the Global War on Terror. Established in 2006, the American Foreign Policy Council's Iran Freedom Initiative is committed to assisting American policymakers to develop and implement strategy toward Iran -- and to promoting the spread of pluralism and democratic principles in that country. Iran Democracy Monitor – AFPC provides critical insights into political developments and ideology within ...
 
Missile Defense And Proliferation Project
This project is now part of the AFPC Defense Technology Program. Established in 2001, the American Foreign Policy Council's Missile Defense And Proliferation Project tracks the worldwide threat of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, as well as the local and international response to them. Its programming includes an annual Capitol Hill conference on "Missile Defenses and American Security," roundtables for experts and Congressional staff, and the publication of a regular in-house bulletin, the Missile Defense Briefing Report. Click here to view the new Strategic Primer on Missile Defense. To gain an understanding of missile defense please view this audio visual presentation: Missile Defense Overview   ...
 
Russia and Eurasia Program
Former Russian Foreign Minister (1990-96) and current Putin critic Andrei Kozyrev (right center) at a dinner hosted by AFPC with former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and AFPC President Herman Pirchner, Jr.   Russia and Eurasia Program Founded in 1982, the American Foreign Policy Council's Russia Program was one of the first private initiatives in Washington to establish ongoing connections between American officials and the upper echelons of the political leadership in the Soviet Union and, subsequently, the Russian Federation. Now, more than two-and-a-half decades after the demise of the USSR, AFPC’s Russia program ...
 
South Asia Program
From left to right: AFPC Director of Asian Security Programs, Jeff M. Smith; President of the BJP, Rajnath Singh; Chairman of External Affairs Committee in India’s parliament, Ananth Kumar; and AFPC President, Herman Pirchner, Jr. attend an AFPC-sponsored dinner in the Mansfield room of the U.S. Capitol.   South Asia Program The American Foreign Policy Council's South Asia program helps to inform those who make or influence policy on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries within the South Asian region.  The program focuses on the geopolitical, economic, and security dynamics impacting the region with the objective of promoting regional security and prosperity, and ...