“Great honour to be here to receive this [Foreign Policy Association] Medal on behalf of His Highness the Aga Khan & The Global Centre for Pluralism.
… His Highness asked me to convey his deep appreciation to the Foreign Policy Association – He has been a real admirer since he was an undergraduate at Harvard.
… I am delighted that senior representatives of the Ismaili community in the US are here with us tonight.
… Pluralism needs champions. By conferring this prestigious Medal on His Highness, Foreign Policy Association is giving recognition & profile to pluralism.”
– John McNee, Secretary General, Global Centre for Pluralism
remarks on receiving FPA Medal on behalf of
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, founder of Global Centre for Pluralism
New York, May 3rd, 2017
The mission of the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) today, as it has been throughout its 99-year history, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.
About FPA Medal
The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Medal recognizes individuals who demonstrate responsible internationalism and work to expand public knowledge of international affairs. Past recipients include the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City; Timothy Geithner, Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank; Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister, Australia; Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, among others.
A brief history of the FPA
The Foreign Policy Association was founded in 1918 as the League of Free Nations Association. It was formed by 141 distinguished Americans to support President Woodrow Wilson’s efforts to achieve a just peace. The Association was reconstituted in 1923 as the Foreign Policy Association with a commitment to the careful study of all sides of international questions affecting the U.S. John Foster Dulles and Eleanor Roosevelt were among the incorporators.
FPA’s mission remains much the same today. However, the programs implemented to achieve this mission have changed with the times.
Matrix of the Constellation of Honours
Encapsulating a lifetime of service to humanity, the Constellation of Honours evokes wonder of His Highness’s unwavering commitment, day after day to the numerous causes he dedicates his time, effort and knowledge to. Rather than just a list of his achievements, one is led to ponder on how immense the responsibility of the Imam is and how he purposefully fulfills that mandate through the Office of Imamat. It is with these sentiments that we share with you the updated matrix.
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali