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

We Need a Coronavirus Truce

International cooperation needs to take priority right now, and countries must stop their wars against one another and against their own populations.

The Politics of the Coronavirus

For the far right, the pandemic is a chance to enact border controls and erode the rule of law. It could also expose their utter incompetence.

What the Coronavirus Says about Us

Trump’s message to governors on lifesaving medical equipment — “get it yourselves” — is grimly appropriate in a country without national health care.

The President as Political Hit Man

Donald Trump attempts to take out his electoral adversaries one by one, Mafia-style.

Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?

The Spanish flu helped herald the collapse of the first wave of modern globalization. A century later, could the coronavirus do the same?

Making America Unsafe Again

Whether Russian hackers, viruses, or unscrupulous investors, the Trump administration has made it much easier for foreign agents to destabilize the U.S.

Cleaning Up Trump’s Global Mess

Democratic candidates offer a wide range of foreign policy views. These won’t decide the election, but they could have a huge post-Trump impact.

Goodbye to All That: The UK after Brexit

Brexit could see the UK eventually lose Scotland, Northern Ireland, and a great deal of its prosperity.

Will 2020 Be Another Victory Year for Trump and Brexit?

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson claim victories in early 2020, but Brexit and impeachment may come back to haunt them and the far right later in the year.

America’s Coronavirus: Containing the Outbreak of Trumpism

The banality of President Trump’s evil has infected huge swaths of the electorate as well as the federal government. Can it be treated?

Putin Proposes, Trump Disposes

Since the Cold War, the U.S. and Russia have experienced unexpected reversals in fortune. Are we next in line for post-imperial decline?

Americans Need to Hear More from Iranians. Here’s Where to Start.

Here are a few illuminating and emotionally resonant pieces by real Iranians on life under sanctions, the brutality of war, and the recent crisis.

Our Last Decade to Get Climate Right

In the climate talks to come, we need more youth, indigenous, and civil society groups — and fewer oil companies.

Trump: Make Space Great Again

The U.S. military is creating an imaginary “space gap” to pour money into closing, wasting funds while increasing the risk of conflict.

The Endless War with Iran

The current crisis might be averted, but the longer U.S. war with Iran continues.

The Disturbing Uptick in Right Wing Nationalism

Reflecting on the global trend of the rise of right wing nationalism and the people-powered movements that counteracted it.

Trump, Brexit: Where’s the Backlash?

Despite blatant corruption and ineptitude, the far right on both sides of the Atlantic continues to reap harvests from its failures.

The Real Shadow Policy of the Trump Administration Is Racist Extremism

Throughout Trump’s presidency, his racist actions and rhetoric have harmed millions. But they threaten even more insidious shifts in the future.

A Global Green New Deal Could Defeat the Far Right—and Save the Planet

A global Green New Deal can help restructure the international economy so that it helps people and the planet, while undermining the far right’s appeal.

Whose Coups?

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