FPIF Senior Analyst, Mark Engler, is a writer based in New York City and senior analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus. He is author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books, 2008).

An activist originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Mark also serves as a commentator for the Institute for Public Accuracy and for the Mainstream Media Project.


Egypt Protests Shine Light on How U.S. Profits From Foreign Aid

Most U.S. foreign aid is not meant to address poverty.

The Misuse of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The idea that Martin Luther King, Jr. would bless our presence in Afghanistan is an insult to his memory.

There Actually Was a 2010 Worth Remembering

Victory was ours, on a few occasions anyway.

Is Bono Undermining His Activism by Hobnobbing With the Superclass?

The impact of celebrity activists working within the system is limited.

To Chalmers Johnson, American Militarism Was to Colonialism as Overseas Bases Are to Colonies

Chalmers Johnson believed that the United States risks “losing our democracy to keep our empire.”

Tax Cuts and Trade: Is Obama Triangulating?

President Obama’s rightward drift continues.

A Look at Global Militarization

A new documentary looks at the costs of U.S. and global military spending.

Spitting in the Face of U.S. Troops

The myth that anti-Vietnam protesters spit on returning veterans lives on.

The Limits of Internet Organizing

One reason the Green Movement never quite became a revolution.

Jon Stewart’s False “Moderation”

Aside to Jon Stewart: the tone of political debate has less to do with volume and more to do with content.

Busting the Myth That Immigrants Drive Down Wages

Immigration actually stimulates the economy.

Immigration Economics: An Interview with Professor Giovanni Peri

Don’t supply and demand dictate that new immigrants will steal jobs and drive down wages for U.S. citizens? A leading immigration economist explains why not.

Social Forum Moments to Combat Cynicism

Early on at the U.S. Social Forum, I was struck by the disjuncture between the huge ambition of the assembly and the limitations of the conference’s agenda and slate of decentralized workshops.

Afghanistan: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

At an FPIF panel on Afghanistan at the recent Left Forum in New York, panelists agreed that there are no military solutions to the current situation but disagreed on whether U.S. troops should leave as soon as possible.

Casino Capitalism as Usual

G20 leaves needed reforms for global economy off the table.

Science Fiction From Below

Alex Rivera, director of the new film Sleep Dealer, imagines the future of the Global South.

Empire Foreclosed?

Is the United States running out of power at this time of economic crisis?

Empire Roundtable

We asked FPIF’s senior analysts to weigh in on the future course of American foreign policy: maintenance of empire or its rejection?

Will the Winds of Change Reach El Salvador?

The prospect of progressive leadership coming to power in El Salvador’s March 15 presidential elections should prompt a new U.S. policy toward Central America.

    Central America, El Salvador, FTAA, Guatemala, Latin America, NAFTA, Nicaragua, Trade Agreements, Trade and Labor, U.S. Economic/Trade Policy, U.S. Military/Security Policy, WTO