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

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.

The Pandemic Pivot

Experts from the frontlines of global policy tackle the implications of COVID-19.

America’s New Policy of Demoting Democracy

Trump has put a stop to democracy promotion. Will democracy put a stop to Trump?

Nukes and North Korea: A New Direction?

North Korea’s nuclear program is a regional issue. It requires a regional response.

Donald Trump Makes the Swamp Bigger

Donald Trump brought a whole new world of corruption to Washington.

The Problem of Surplus White Men

Dispossessed white men have haunted Western politics for generations. The answer isn’t to jettison “identity politics” — it’s to create truly meaningful new opportunities.

Donald Trump’s Real Mob Connections

Will the November election be decided in the streets?

America’s Global Reputation Isn’t Bouncing Back Anytime Soon

Even if Trump loses, his administration may have permanently damaged our standing abroad. But there’s a silver lining: it makes Trumpism an ideological dead-end.

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.