OverviewForeign Policy is composed of three areas—grand strategy, trade, and diplomacy—and few national policies have a greater influence on the safety and flourishing of the American people. These policies should re-examine our strategic interests in the 21st century and emphasize the need to defend our territorial integrity from aggression, promote free trade, peacefully engage with the world, and serve as an exemplar of liberal values at home. The Charles Koch Institute aims to stretch the boundaries of foreign policy research, inquiry, and debate by discussing ideas that often go unheeded in our nation’s capital.
Our senior scholar on foreign policy
William Ruger, vice president, research and policyRuger was previously an associate professor in the political science department at Texas State University. He earned a doctorate in politics from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary. He has written numerous books and articles, and his scholarship has appeared in publications such as International Studies Quarterly, Civil Wars, and Armed Forces and Society. He has been interviewed frequently for television and radio, appearing on MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business, and he has written op-eds for a number of newspapers. He is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component).
From the Blog
By Editorial Team | March 1, 2017
A series of polls conducted pre-election, post-election, and post-inauguration by the Charles Koch Institute and the Center for the National Interest consistently found that Americans were not in favor of current U.S. foreign policy. President Trump’s plans to increase the military budget by $54 billion are at odds with the average American voter’s attitude toward […]Read More
By Editorial Team | January 24, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of Pennsylvania professor Walter McDougall is regarded as one of the finest contemporary American historians. On January 10, 2017, the Charles Koch Institute hosted him for a discussion of his latest book, The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest. The Charles Koch Institute’s […]Read More
By Julie Thompson | November 9, 2016
Ivo Daalder and Barry Posen discussed NATO’s current role and how it will change in the future during a recent event in New York City. The Charles Koch Institute hosted an event on Trans-Atlantic Relations and the Future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in New York City last month. The event featured former […]Read More
By Julie Thompson | September 21, 2016
China uses anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) technology to avoid conflicts on its coast and mainland, yet the technology has important ramifications for the United States. On Thursday, September 15, the Charles Koch Institute hosted Eugene Gholz, associate professor of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, for a discussion of China’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) […]Read More
By Editorial Team | August 11, 2016
The Charles Koch Institute was proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) National Convention, which took place at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. As liberty-minded students from across the country gathered to discuss the most pressing issues facing society today, the Institute brought together experts from […]Read More