Promoting individual dignity and freedom for people throughout the world by sponsoring high-quality independent research with a particular focus on the threats from extremism and radical ideologies.
The Westminster Institute was established in March 2009 to promote individual dignity and freedom for people throughout the world by sponsoring high-quality research, with a particular focus on the threats from extremism and radical ideologies.
Katharine Cornell Gorka, Executive Director
Katharine Cornell Gorka graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (’78) and received her M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics (’87). After working at The Asia Society, in New York City, she traveled extensively throughout Central and Eastern Europe conducting research on the post-communist transition and working for a number of organizations on democracy assistance projects in the region, including UNCDF, UNDP, Harvard University, and the Ford Foundation. She was a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, where she wrote about the democratic transition, and later became the regional head of the USAID-funded Democracy Network program, whose purpose was to help rebuild civil society in the countries of Central Europe and the Balkans. Following that position, Katharine then co-founded with her husband, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security (ITDIS), which focused on issues of economic reform and the problems associated with former communists and secret police in post-communist democracies. In 2008, after living in Hungary for 12 years, the Gorkas moved back to the United States. Katharine helped establish the Westminster Institute in the spring of 2009. In her current position as head of the Westminster Institute, Katharine is responsible for helping to define the threat to liberty posed by Islamic terrorism and subversion in the United States. She works closely with US government agencies, law enforcement and the intelligence community. Most recently she authored “Sharia Finance and the U.S.Constitution.