American Foreign Policy Council

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American Foreign Policy Council
Logo American Foreign Policy Council.jpg
Abbreviation AFPC
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
Formation 1982
Type U.S. foreign policy think tank
Headquarters Washington, DC, United States
Key people
  • Herman Pirchner, Jr.
  • Ilan Berman
  • Annie Swingen
  • Jeff Smith
  • Richard Harrison
  • Amanda Azinheira
  • Chloe Thompson
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015) $1,552,242[1]

The American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) is an American conservative[2] 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[edit]

Central Asia Counterterrorism Project[edit]

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 in order to assist with the continuing war against radical Islam.[3]

China and East Asia Program[edit]

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. [4]

Countering Islamic Extremism Project[edit]

Today, more than 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 combating 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 and actors, as well as their implications for American security, are necessary for informed bipartisan U.S. policy toward the Muslim world. The objective of forging such a consensus lies at the core of the American Foreign Policy Council’s Countering Islamic Extremism Project. [5]

Defense Technology Program[edit]

The 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.[6]

Iran Freedom Initiative[edit]

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.[7]

Russia and Eurasia Program[edit]

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 has expanded to encompass the entire region of Eurasia. AFPC’s work helps policymakers in Washington understand the political dynamics taking place in Russia and the “post-Soviet space,” and assists them in crafting appropriate responses. [8]

South Asia Program[edit]

The 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 securing U.S. interests in South Asia. These include enhancing the U.S.-Indian strategic partnership, reforming and stabilizing Pakistan, and neutralizing the threat from Islamist extremism. AFPC's South Asia program produces policy papers and Opinion-Editorials, sponsors policy-oriented lunches and conferences, and hosts high-ranking delegations to India.[9]

Board of advisors[edit]

As of March 2017, AFPC’s board of advisors comprises[10]


  1. ^ a b "American Foreign Policy Council" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ "Central Asia Counterterrorism Project". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "China Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Defense Technology Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Defense Technology Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Iran Freedom Initiative". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Russia and Eurasia Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "South Asia Program". American Foreign Policy Council. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "About AFPC". American Foreign Policy Council. November 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 

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