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 Greenwashing Scam Behind COP27’s Flop

This year’s UN climate conference offered some reason to celebrate. But the growing clout of the “carbon capture” industry is hindering urgent efforts to clamp down on fossil fuels.

Colombia’s First Leftist President Charts a New Path on Venzuela

Gustavo Petro has rejected the failed “diplomatic siege” of his predecessors. But he also wants to see a more democratic Venezuela.

Ukraine’s Edge Over Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far failed to weaken U.S. and European support for Ukraine. Meanwhile, despite punishing Russian air strikes, Ukraine is successfully ejecting the invading army.

It’s Time for a Ceasefire in Ukraine

A ceasefire in Ukraine has been needed since day one—and it’s more urgent now than ever.

Is Putin in a Corner?

Exactly how weak is Vladimir Putin, both in terms of his effort to defeat Ukraine and his ability to maintain power in Moscow?

Isn’t It Time to Challenge the Growth Paradigm?

The planet is running out of resources, and humanity is living beyond its means.

Learning from Gorbachev’s Failures

As we address the climate emergency, what lessons can we extract from Gorbachev’s efforts to transform the Soviet Union?

Will 2022 Mark the Turning Point in the Climate Crisis?

Carbon emissions continue to rise, but this year the international community might finally be getting serious about climate change.

The Weaponization of Food

Russia and Ukraine have come to an agreement on food exports. Will the deal hold?

The Fateful Fist Bump

If you thought the polarization of politics in the United States was corrosive, brace yourself for the even more corrosive polarization of geopolitics.

White Riot

Exposing the links between the Trump team and the far right is important for saving American democracy and defeating global fascism.

The Plot Against America

They say comedy is tragedy plus time, but it is clearly too soon for the events of Jan. 6 to be presented as comedy.

China Will Decide the Outcome of Russia Versus the West

Is Putin the Face of the Future or the Final Gasp of the Past?

Latin America’s ‘New’ New Left

The recent election in Colombia has produced new hope for the country–and for the whole region.

Is Universal Basic Income Part of a Just Transition?

When you give everyone a chunk of change, does it really change their lives and their communities?

Vladimir Putin: Global Gunman

Why are we concerned about humiliating mass murderers?

Mining Resistance From Alberta to Argentina

In Patagonia, an Indigenous community’s fight against repressive mining interests mirrors struggles across the hemisphere.

Biden’s Golden Opportunity to Reverse Course on China

Improving relations with China could lower inflation, isolate Vladimir Putin, and accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.

A Just Ceasefire or Just a Ceasefire?

The war in Ukraine must end with a defeat of Putinism.

The Struggle for What’s Essential

Global mining companies have used the pandemic to push unwanted projects on vulnerable communities, who are fighting back — and sometimes winning.