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Welcome to Ashburn Institute

With a rich history dating back to 1939 and the publishing of Clarence Streit's book "Union Now", our organization continues to flourish as a source of academic exploration of those issues that tend to either harmonize or destabilize the global community.

We call on world scholars to come together to help bring clarification and solutions to issues that disrupt peace. Further, we help ensure that this information becomes available to young graduate students who are sponsored by our Frank Fund scholarship program so they can include contemporary thinking into their own research projects and in turn help to contribute to the body of knowledge that supports political leaders around the world in their responsibility for critical decision making.

The work of our scholars and students is carefully captured and edited for publishing (with due credit) so that it becomes an archived body of knowledge, assessible for future reference.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Student Conference
"International Security in the 21st Century"
Co-sponsored by the Ashburn Institute, the Middle East Studies Center & the Center for Turkish Studies at Portland State University
April 9-11, 2015 (application deadline February 15, 2015)
The Ashburn Institute, in collaboration with the Center for Middle East Studies and the Center for Turkish Studies at Portland State University, will hold its annual graduate student conference in Portland, Oregon on April 9-11, 2015. The conference’s goal is to examine the challenges to international security, political order, and peace in the 21st century. We call for papers from graduate students from all relevant fields who are interested in addressing the following sub-themes:

  • Challenges to peace, political order, and security
  • Bilateral relations and regional cooperation: US-Europe, US-China, US-Russia
  • Conflict areas: Russia-Ukraine, Arab-Israel, Middle East, East Mediterranean
  • Religion and conflict: clash and alliance of civilizations
  • Energy security: competition for energy resources, global oil politics, natural gas politics of Russia
  • International political economy: economic challenges to international security
  • International impact of domestic politics: democracy and human rights movements

More information about the conference and how to apply