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

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.

Russia, NATO, and the Future of Neutrality

Neither the formerly non-aligned of Europe nor the currently non-aligned of the Global South are interested in furthering Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambitions.

No Victory Day

Dealing with stalemates between Russia and Ukraine, environmentalists and climate change, and COVID and humanity.

India and Pakistan Are Baking, and Every Powerful Institution Is to Blame

Indians know they can’t rely on elites to save them from catastrophe. That’s exactly what could make a climate movement there so powerful.

What Remains of the U.S. Green New Deal?

Build Back Better is on the ropes. But other parts of a just transition are moving forward.

North Korea’s Real Threat

North Korea’s greatest liability is something that it currently views as an asset: its radical isolation.

Russia Is From Mars, Ukraine Is From Venus

Russia is acting like an abusive husband in this gendered conflict.

The Universality of Ukraine

The West is focused on Russia’s war in Ukraine. Here’s why the rest of the world should care as well.

When the Left Is Right…Far Right

How is it possible that so many left voters in France are willing to choose a far-right candidate in the second round of the presidential elections?

After Putin

Russia is increasingly becoming the Saudi Arabia of the north.

The Five Plagues Testing Humanity

Nationalism and internationalism are conducting an uncivil war, and humanity is being tested like Job.

China’s Evolving Energy Policies in Africa

China is both reducing and altering the nature of its investments in African energy projects.

South Korea’s New Foreign Policy of One Yes and Two Nos

The victory of conservative candidate Yoon Suk-yeol in South Korea’s recent presidential election will push the country deeper into the U.S. embrace.