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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
"Democracy, Political Order, and Stability: Regional Conflicts and Global Effects"
Co-sponsored by the Ashburn Institute and the Anadolu University’s European Union Research and Documentation Center and the Department of International Relations
June 11-12, 2016 (application deadline March 1, 2016)
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey
The Ashburn Institute and the Anadolu University, will convene a graduate student conference on the topic of "Democracy, Political Order, and Stability: Regional Conflicts and Global Effects" in Istanbul, Turkey on June 11-12, 2016. The conference’s goal is to examine the challenges to political order and stability faced by democratic and non-democratic regimes. We call for papers from graduate students from all relevant fields who are interested in addressing the following questions:

  • Are democracy and political order compatible?
  • Should democratic values be sacrificed to ensure stability?
  • What are the sources of instability in democracies and autocracies?
  • How do international forces – globalization, international institutions, and non-state actors – affect domestic stability?
  • Does democracy guarantee or hinder economic development?
  • Which domestic institutions are more likely to provide political and economic stability?
  • Are democracy and political order compatible in the Muslim world?
  • Are international institutions a solution or a challenge to democratic institutions?
  • Do nuclear weapons ensure or undermine stability? 

More information about the conference and how to apply