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For a More Informed U.S. Foreign Policy

The National Interest Foundation (NIF) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the national interest of the United States by providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision-makers chart a course toward a better world.

As the United States transitions to the Information Age, it needs a robust foreign policy that emphasizes greater cooperation with countries. We are committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system around the world.

NIF anticipates emerging issues and presents practical analysis, presented in useful, accessible formats to inform and shape public debate. Its audience includes government officials and legislators, business and labor leaders, management and staff at international organizations, university-based scholars and their students, experts at other research institutions and non-governmental organizations, the media, and the public at-large. Our key objectives are to advance peace and economic growth through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas, and to provide direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society.

Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, NIF holds frequent events, roundtables, conferences, and receptions in Washington D.C. and other locations to further this mission of dialogue and better-informed policy. NIF actively seeks and encourages engagement with those who hold different points of view. We welcome civil disagreement because we believe that a free society demands competition of ideas. Our organization also produces original content and publications, in the form of weekly newsletters and periodic reports, which analyze issues within NIF’s key areas of focus such as the promotion of human rights, the expansion of freedom, and advancements in social justice.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive to make positive change. NIF is dedicated to being a resource for government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

NIF is independent, impartial, and not tied to any special interests. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, as well as international organizations and academic institutions.

Notwithstanding of the research sponsor, our work is free of commercial, partisan, and ideological bias. NIF operates independently of any political party and has no institutional positions. NIF does not undertake lobbying efforts, back political candidates, or engage in direct political activities.

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Khaled Saffuri - Founder and President

Khaled Saffuri is the Founder and President of the National Interest Foundation (NIF), a nonpartisan think tank and nonprofit organization established in April of 2018 which is focused on bettering relationships between the United States and countries across the globe through the promotion of smarter foreign policy. Mr. Saffuri has previously served as a Principal at Meridian Strategies providing international business and government clients with strategic and public affairs consulting services, and also founded and ran one of the United States prominent and most active organizations to represent the Middle East and Muslim-Americans. He has worked for many years with Members of Congress and has testified in front of Congressional Committees, advising them on international issues and leading Congressional delegations to the Middle East. Due to his extensive background and expertise, Mr. Saffuri is a regular contributor to a number of important media outlets in the United States and internationally including CNN, CBS, and BBC, and contributes articles and written publications to outlets such as The Washington Post and The American Conservative.


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