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

The Claudius Presidency

After four years of an American Caligula, will Joe Biden bring the United States back into the international community?

The U.S. Senate Is a Global Problem

The acquittal of Trump was bad, but the Senate’s approach to foreign affairs over the years has been even worse.

Beating Back the Far Right Globally

It’s time to resurrect a global anti-fascist consensus to name, shame, and throw these guys out of the game.

Guatemala’s Land Defenders Are Still Their Own Best Defense

Rising corruption in Guatemala threatens landmark legal victories by Indigenous activists defending their land from mining.

Russia: A New Start?

Can Moscow and Washington find common cause against the global scourges of nuclear weapons, climate change, and pandemic?

What Explains COVID’s East-West Divide?

Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?

The Future of U.S. Democracy Promotion

Because of the events of the last weeks, months and years, should “democracy promotion” be permanently removed from the U.S. foreign policy lexicon?

Open Letter to the Biden Administration on the Need for a Pandemic Pivot

It’s urgent not to return to the previous status quo. It’s time for creative thinking and bold action.

The Fall of Trump

Donald Trump has always been about me, me, me. Now he has no one left to blame.

Knives Out: Boycott, Purge, and Prosecute

The ForeverTrumpers are challenging the Constitution. They should be penalized for their efforts.

Biden’s Approach to North Korea and the NPT Option

How about turning North Korea’s nuclear weapons into solar panels?

America’s Destructive Denialisms

The refusal of tens of millions of Americans to recognize the election results is part of a much larger denialism — of COVID-19, of climate change, and U.S. decline.

Biden Won’t Reset U.S. Foreign Policy On His Own

Biden’s foreign policy team matters less than the world they inherit, policies they pursue, and the pressure they get from progressives.

Who Needs Zombies When We Have Republicans?

How else would you describe Americans who deny a pandemic that’s killed 250,000 people and the election that repudiated Trump?

The Return of the Goldilocks Apocalypse

There’s no returning to normal after Donald Trump.

America Rejoins the World?

It simply doesn’t make a lot of sense to entrust leadership to a country with a severe personality disorder.

U.S. Democracy: The Four-Year Rule?

American democracy is in rough shape. It’s going to take more than this election to set it right.

This Election Is About Trump’s Pandemic Failures. But What Happens Next?

It’s going to take more than a change of personnel in Washington to address our decaying climate, public health, and democracy. But it’s not too late.

People to Autocrats: Not So Fast

Authoritarianism has been on the march for years, but people powered revolutions are pushing regimes toward democracy on nearly every continent.

A Pandemic Pivot

COVID-19 is an early alert for more serious global crises. So far, the international community has failed — but it’s not too late.