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

Protests at the Pump

Even small increases in the price of gas can generate protests, like in Kazakhstan. But actually, we’re not paying anywhere near enough for gas.

The “Selling” of Degrowth

Can those who advocate hitting the brakes on economic growth get their message across before it’s too late?

The End of Us

One year after the January 6 insurrection, is the United States on the verge of break-up?

The Party of January 6

The coup attempt turned into a road map for the national GOP. Whether democracy survives is up to us.

Russian Green Deal: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Russia is a leading carbon emitter and exporter. But change is afoot inside the country.

War With Russia?

Here’s what Washington, Moscow, and Kyiv can do to avoid the next world war.

South Korea’s Green New Deal: Myths Versus Realities

There’s one place in the world where the Green New Deal is a policy reality. But is it living up to its hype?

The Far Right Continues to Build Its International

Donald Trump and his allies around the world are still alive and kicking.

Fossil Fueled Foreign Policy: Why COP26 Flopped

Western observers want to blame India for the failure of the UN climate talks. Not so fast.

Ending Latin America’s Sewage Decade

The victory of Xiomara Castro in Honduras is a sign that region is ready to exit its lost decade.

If You Think Vaccine Mandate Pushback Is Bad…

At some point, governments will start using more sticks than carrots to break our deadly dependence on fossil fuels. How will humanity respond?

Climate of Delusion

We all think that climate change is somebody else’s problem. We have to be persuaded otherwise.

European Green Deal: Step Forward, Backward, or Sideways?

Europe is ahead of much of the world in combining decarbonization with an equitable shift to clean energy. And it’s still not enough.

America Is a Poor Advertisement for Democracy

Congressional paralysis, voter suppression, and widespread political polarization all suggest that American democracy is far from exemplary.

Climate Change and the Limits of Economic Growth

If economic growth ushered in this era of climate change, how can economic growth also be part of the solution?

Latin America Should Withdraw From the World Bank’s Harsh Trade Court

A secretive World Bank tribunal lets multinational corporations sue governments over basic regulations. Mexico should lead a Latin American exodus.

The Real Meaning of Squid Game

South Korea has been a big winner in the game of globalization. But it has come at a price.

Can We Avoid a War With China?

The cold war in the Taiwan Strait threatens to turn hot.

The Embarrassment of Riches

The wealthy rob governments of at least $200 billion a year in lost tax revenues. It’s time to force them to pay up.

The UN Crisis

This problem of rogue actors has long bedeviled the United Nations. But the rise of right-wing populists who insist on their sovereign right to do whatever they please poses an additional challenge to the international community.