Foreign Policy in Focus

Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF) is a “think tank without walls” connecting the research and action of more than 600 scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner.

FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives. We believe U.S. security and world stability are best advanced through a commitment to peace, justice, and environmental protection, as well as economic, political, and social rights. We advocate that diplomatic solutions, global cooperation, and grassroots participation guide foreign policy.

FPIF aims to amplify the voice of progressives and to build links with social movements in the U.S. and around the world. Through these connections, we advance and influence debate and discussion among academics, activists, policy-makers, and the general public.

Latest Work

Whose Coups?

Donald Trump says that impeachment is actually a coup. It’s one more example of his attack on the rule of law.

Trump’s Attack on the Law Is Global

Following the same script as other far right leaders around the world, Trump is launching an assault on his greatest adversary—the court system.

Soldiers Who Fight War

A new book refutes a central myth about the Vietnam War.

Behind the Battle for Another World

Understanding how the ‘new right’ went global, and how to respond to their transnational assault on democracy, is key to keeping our planet habitable.

Report: The Battle For Another World

The Progressive Response to the New Right

Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances?

The Democrats’ impeachment strategy might backfire at the polls, but so too might Trump’s polarization strategy.

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Trump’s war on the law extends beyond flouting Congress and packing courts — overseas, it extends to arguable crimes against humanity.

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Produce the Trump Presidency?

Austere “shock therapy” after the Cold War only shocked the East into reaction. In the West, the corporate political center ultimately did the same.

Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine

When it comes to Ukraine, Trump has been manipulated as deftly as a mindless marionette. It’s going to cost him.

Nationalism Is Global. The Left Is On The Defensive.

But the climate crisis is the right’s Achilles heel.

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

Despite al-Baghdadi’s death, Trump is creating the conditions groups like ISIS thrive in.

The Art of the Back-Pedal

From the US to the UK to Turkey, it is a hallmark of right-wing populists to make a preposterous policy and then be forced to retreat.

Abusive North American Companies Pay Off Latin American Police to Harass Critics

In countries like Peru, extractive industries contract police to suppress Indigenous protesters and detain international observers — including me.

Far Right Extremism Has Gone Mainstream

Through the ‘Great Replacement’ narrative, far right extremism has captured the hearts and minds of mass shooters, populist politicians, and institutions.

Trump’s Endless Wars

Trump’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad for endless wars while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.

Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War

Like millions of others, the Kurds are victims of disastrous U.S. interventions in the region.

Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency

Trump is counting on his base to endorse his increasingly open law-breaking. It may not end well.

The New Age of Protest

People are hitting the streets to protest government inaction, repression, and corruption. Does that mean democracy is in trouble or stronger than ever?

For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home

Trump has been enlisting foreign leaders in his fight against the U.S. state. Is impeachment a moral necessity or political trap?

The Collapse of the East Asian Order

With Japan and South Korea in the middle of a feud, East Asia is on the verge of a serious unraveling.