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

Trump’s Scorched-Earth Doctrine

Trump is doing whatever he can to make it impossible for his successor to resolve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

Trump and the Troops

The alternative to Trump is not the glorification of military service. It’s promoting the kind of service that gets fewer people killed.

How Trump Will Try to Win the Election

Donald Trump hates to lose. Here’s how he’ll try to steal an electoral victory.

A Memo to the Next President

The next president can’t just clean up Trump’s mess. They’ll have to prevent a resurgence of Trumpism — and learn from Obama’s mistakes.

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All

The U.S.-brokered pact makes no pretense of peace for Palestinians. Instead, it sharpens a regional coalition against Iran.

COVID-19 and the End of Autocrats

The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world — until they botched it.

What Will Trump Do to the World to Win Re-Election?

Trump shrugged at 150,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths. Who’s to say he’s above starting a fight with China or Iran?

America’s Multiple Infections

Too many Americans belong to the cult of selfish individualism. In the COVID era, this has become a death cult.

The Pandemic Reveals a Europe More United than the United States

A world led by a unified Europe would be a significantly better place than one mismanaged by a fragmented United States.

COVID-19 Can Change International Politics Forever

Countries’ bungling their responses to the coronavirus as others seal themselves off could lead to a total transformation of geopolitics.

Feds Attack!

Trump’s use of federal paramilitaries is a classic tactic of autocrats to test how far they can push their authority in opposition-controlled regions.

Okinawa: Will the Pandemic Transform U.S. Military Bases?

An outbreak of COVID-19 among U.S. service personnel on Okinawa may help anti-base protesters stop construction of the replacement facility at Henoko.

Hamilton and the Iconoclasts of Tomorrow

What blind spots will future generations condemn us for as they tear down today’s statues tomorrow?

The Global Rushmore of Autocrats

It’s not Washington and Lincoln Trump imagines himself in the footsteps of — it’s Xi and Putin.

In the US, the Second Wave Is Already Here

While Europe and Asia track down three-digit infection spikes at worst, the U.S. is dealing with over 40,000 a day.

Time to Rethink the US-ROK Alliance

South Korea is trapped between a U.S. rock and a North Korean hard place. It should consider changing its relationship with the rock.

The De-Trumpification of America

What lessons can be learned from the end of the Confederacy, Nazi Germany, and Saddam’s Iraq?

Why Bolton Matters

You don’t need to lionize Bolton, a far-right hawk, to understand what makes his observations about Trump valuable.

Conservatives Are Comparing Racial Justice Protestors to Maoists

Right-wing “intellectuals” uncomfortable with the Black Lives Matter movement have latched onto a dubious historical analogy.

Cyclone Amphan Is a Warning for the United States

The storm ravaged India and Bangladesh all the worse because of social and economic inequality. The same, or worse, could happen here.