The Center for Culture and Freedom is located at the Institute of World Politics (IWP) on the second floor of Bently Hall, 1523 16th Street NW, Washington DC, 20036. It is directed by IWP Professor, Albert Santoli, who is also the Founder and President of Asia America Initiative, a non-profit organization utilizing cultural engagement as a means of deterring extremism and terror. The Center is a collaborative effort between the academics of IWP and the field experience of Asia America Initiative.
The premise of the Center is the pursuit of peace and security. These two cannot be separated from awareness of the varied cultures and historical forces that shape global events. Understanding the elements of individual cultures is vital to bringing people together and preventing community division. This holds true for the increasingly diverse American communities and our relationships with other areas of the world. Importantly, we believe that it is possible to be a global citizen without abandoning or forgetting your own national identity. The resulting dignity and mutual respect can create the highest form of security partnerships.
The Center’s programs will emphasize the importance of people to people interaction and understanding as a pillar for alliances against tyranny. America and the entire global community are facing complex, unprecedented challenges that cannot be addressed by military power alone.