American Foreign Policy Council
|Motto||Dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assisting world leaders with building democracies and market economies|
|Type||U.S. foreign policy think tank|
|Headquarters||Washington, DC, United States|
The American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) is an American conservative non-profit U.S. foreign policy think tank operating in Washington, D.C., since 1982. Its foreign and defense policy specialists provide information to members of US Congress, the Executive Branch, and the US policymaking community, as well as world leaders outside the US (particularly in the former USSR).
In addition, AFPC publishes strategic reports and other reports monitoring the policy progress of other countries from a conservative standpoint (particularly Russia, China, countries in the Middle East and in Asia). Common topics include security (missile defense, arms control, energy security, espionage) as well as the ongoing status of democracy and market economies in countries of interest.
Programs and projects
Central Asia Counterterrorism Project
In 2006, the AFCP set the Central Asia Counterterrorism Project into operation in order to provide American politicians and journalists with current sources of information from Central Asia in order to assist with the continuing war against radical Islam.
The China Program, including the China Reform Monitor, is known in Washington, D.C. and internationally as a medium for decisive investigations on political, military and social developments surrounding the China. The program also assists by sponsoring luncheons and seminars, as well as the hosting of delegations of Chinese officials, and sponsoring visits of U.S. policymakers to China.
The Eurasia Program began in late 2001, and was designated to assist the American security policy by providing them with detailed information on the changing foreign policies and environments of Central Asia and the Middle East. Policymakers can be alerted of prospective security threats, and the program focuses its research in four areas.
Iran Freedom Initiative
In 2006, the AFPC put the Iran Freedom Initiative into action in order to assist policymakers to develop and create strategies towards Iran, and to help them in the promotion of democratic principles there.
Missile Defense and Proliferation Project
The Missile Defense and Proliferation Project was created in 2001 in order to track and respond to the worldwide weapon of mass destruction and ballistic missile threats. An annual conference is held on Capitol Hill.
The Russian Program was one of Washington’s first private initiatives, established in 1982. The program was created in order to create connections between American officials and the leading political members in the Soviet Union and Russia. This program is based on the fact that Russia is an indispensable partner in the U.S. national security planning, and includes many activities related to the U.S. – Russia relationship.
South Asia Program
The South Asia Program is the newest policy program of the AFPC, and includes the publication of the South Asia Security Monitor. It was put into place in order to inform those involved with policies in India and Pakistan, including countries impacted by and located in the South Asia region. It assists in securing U.S. interests in South Asia as well as attempting to promote regional security and prosperity.
Board of advisors
As of November 2014, AFPC’s board of advisors comprises
- Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
- Stephen A. Fausel, Fausel Foundation
- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
- Robert Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
- Bob Kasten, former Senator from Wisconsin
- Richard T. McCormack, former United States Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
- Robert McFarlane, former National Security Advisor
- Tom Ridge, former United States Secretary of Homeland Security
- William Schneider, Jr., former Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs
- R. James Woolsey, Jr., former Director of Central Intelligence
- Dov S. Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
- AFPC, on an AFPC delegation to the Soviet Union: "such meetings will permit Soviets to have a greater knowledge of conservative thinking in the U.S. ..." - American Foreign Policy Council, 9 September 1991, Delegation Travels to Moscow and Kiev to Meet with Top Soviet Officials (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5nlP3siC3)
- "Central Asia Counterterrorism Project". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "China Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Eurasia Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Iran Freedom Initiative". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Missile Defense and Proliferation Project". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Russian Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "South Asia Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "About AFPC". American Foreign Policy Council. November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.