About Us

About Us

Orion Policy Institute OPI is an independent non-profit think tank based in Washington D.C.

Our mission is to promote good governance, advance human rights, and improve policy through high-quality research. 

OPI seeks to generate practical and sustainable solutions based on multi-disciplinary, diverse, and in-depth scientific research and analysis.  We address a broad range of issues including national and global security, democracy, human rights, political and economic development, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and various other issues at the local, national, and global level.  

We value empirical research and adopt emerging technologies in data collection and analysis.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to stability and good governance, advance human rights, and promote policy through high-quality research and analysis. Orion seeks to generate practical and sustainable solutions based on multi-disciplinary, diverse, and in-depth scientific research.

Board Members

Brian Forst, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian Forst is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at the American University.
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Ismail Onat, Ph.D.

Dr. Ismail Onat is an Associate Professor in the Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice Department in Scranton, PA.
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Suat Cubukcu, Ph.D.

Dr. Suat Cubukcu is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University in Washington, D.C.
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