The value of organizations like the Franklin Center must be underscored because it is vitally important to hold forums where people of verying domestic and international views and both parties can discuss challenging issues like trade and foreign policy. It is critical to break down the barriers using sessions and conferences like those sponsored by the Franklin Center and that these exchanges have helped preserve the unity of government by enabling Members to educate one another while exploring complex issues.

-Congressman John Larson (D-CT)

Founded in 1978, The Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange (Franklin Center) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to enhancing global understanding of important international issues. The Franklin Center brings together Members of the U.S. Congress and their international parliamentary counterparts as well as experts from the Diplomatic corps, foreign officials, senior private sector representatives, scholars, and other public policy experts. Through regular conferences and events where leading international opinion leaders share ideas, the Franklin Center promotes enlightened, balanced, and unbiased international policy discussion on major international issues.


As the international community grapples with large and unprecedented issues, the Franklin Center seeks to foster greater international awareness and cooperation through multinational policy forums, conferences, and other programs designed to explore important worldwide issues from a wide range of perspectives.

The Franklin Center is committed to informing current and future public policy leaders in the United States and abroad about relevant international topics. In addition, foreign studies graduate students from local and international universities participate in our events where they gain insight from experts on pressing global issues.

The Franklin Center also sponsors the William F. Clinger Jr. International Scholarship Program (operated in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University), which offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad, and requires each student to complete an independent research project.