Founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council (Washington, D.C.)
In 1982, Herman Pirchner Jr. became the founding president of the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), a non-profit public policy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Under his leadership, AFPC has hosted the Washington events for hundreds of foreign officials, ranging from the Prime Minister of Malta to the Prime Minister of Russia; conducted hundreds of briefings for Members of Congress and their staffs; and organized dozens of fact-finding missions abroad for current and former senior American officials, including Tom Ridge, Don Rumsfeld, Bud McFarlane and Newt Gingrich. Jim Woolsey, as well as former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Generals Dick Myers are among those who have participated in this program.
AFPC’s publication program includes the sponsorship of articles, monographs, books and Congressional testimony. AFPC authors have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Jane’s Defense Weekly, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal (including their Asian and European editions), Financial Times, National Review, Baltimore Sun, American Spectator and New York Sun. American Foreign Policy Council spokesmen regularly give testimony before Congress as well as give commentary on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, BBC and other news channels. C-SPAN has covered AFPC’s public conferences on Missile Defense and other topics.
Pirchner’s worldwide travels have taken him to most areas of the world, especially to the territory of the former Soviet Union, which he has visited more than 60 times since 1989, and China, which he has visited annually since 1994.
Before founding AFPC, Pirchner served in the U.S. Senate as director of legislation for U.S. Sen. Roger Jepsen (R-IA) and as legislative assistant for foreign affairs/defense for now ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA). In late 2016 and early 2017 Herman Pirchner served on the Trump Transition's Landing Team at the U.S. Department of State.
Pirchner serves on the editorial board of Demokratizatsiya. He is the author of numerous articles and a 2005 book, Reviving Greater Russia (University Press of America).