Founded in 2006, the Euphrates Institute is a response to the critical national interests at stake in the Middle East, coupled with the troubling lack of public awareness about the region--especially regarding the local grassroots efforts to elevate society, reduce terrorism, and promote freedom.

What they're saying about Euphrates...

“Euphrates exposes us to change agents in the field tackling global solutions and making a real difference in the world. It has been so inspiring to connect with these visionaries; their stories silence my doubts, and prove that sincerity is more important than brilliance. Without a doubt, it has made me believe I too can change the world.”

- Jamison Rybak, Euphrates Fellow 2012-2014

What they're saying about Euphrates...

“Euphrates Institute’s efforts to promote American awareness and citizen engagement on Middle East issues are the perfect complement to our work at the policy level.”

- U.S. Ambassador Henry S. Ensher

What they're saying about Euphrates...

“Peace starts with seeing the human being behind the walls, and acknowledging the other side. Thanks, Euphrates Institute, for being part of the vision, for looking at the people, not the problem.”

- Ronny Edry, founder of the Israel-Loves-Iran campaign

Vision & Mission

Our vision is a world with less terrorism,

less conflict,

and less fear.

Our mission is to empower you to lessen terrorism, conflict, and fear in our world–starting with the Middle East and West.

We seek to ensure you are more informed about the issues, inspired by solutions, visionaries, and grassroots efforts already taking place, and transformed into someone who is making a difference in the world.

Our Story

It started with a river.

In early 2004 I was on a military base outside Fallujah, Iraq, during a major battle between US marines and Iraqi insurgents. Sitting on the bank of the Euphrates river several weeks later, I was struck by the calm, uninterrupted flow of the water.

With images of the conflict fresh in my mind, I couldn’t imagine how any two scenes could be more different. Yet, even through downtown Fallujah, the river surged on, untouched and unstopped by the chaos, death, and destruction happening around it, still bringing life, sustenance, and hope to the desert.

Since that day, I have tried to fully appreciate that powerful lesson. I often wonder how we can be more like the Euphrates river.

1 Personal Mastery 2 Interpersonal Mastery, 3 Community Mastery, 4 Collective Mastery
Personal Transformation

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town.
I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family.
My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”
--Author Unknown

How Innovations Spread

How many people does it take to spark massive social change?

Just 1 out of 20! Are you one of them?

We want to help create a tipping point of change in the way the West engages the Middle East---and by doing so, securing our vision of a world with less terrorism, conflict, and fear.

Reaching the Tipping Point of Social Change

In the first phase, proponents of a new idea must work incessantly just to keep the idea alive.

This stage involves Innovators, people open to new ideas and courageous enough to espouse them. Because the idea is still seen as radically new, the recognized leaders of society rarely are among this group.

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