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

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.

The Intersection of Climate Change and Security

How the U.S. could seize the initiative on arms control and link it to a global rethinking of security in light of climate change.

Trump’s Attack on the Law Is Global

Following the same script as other far right leaders around the world, Trump is launching an assault on his greatest adversary—the court system.

Soldiers Who Fight War

A new book refutes a central myth about the Vietnam War.

Behind the Battle for Another World

Understanding how the ‘new right’ went global, and how to respond to their transnational assault on democracy, is key to keeping our planet habitable.

Report: The Battle For Another World

The Progressive Response to the New Right

Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances?

The Democrats’ impeachment strategy might backfire at the polls, but so too might Trump’s polarization strategy.

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Trump’s war on the law extends beyond flouting Congress and packing courts — overseas, it extends to arguable crimes against humanity.

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Produce the Trump Presidency?

Austere “shock therapy” after the Cold War only shocked the East into reaction. In the West, the corporate political center ultimately did the same.

Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine

When it comes to Ukraine, Trump has been manipulated as deftly as a mindless marionette. It’s going to cost him.

Nationalism Is Global. The Left Is On The Defensive.

But the climate crisis is the right’s Achilles heel.

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

Despite al-Baghdadi’s death, Trump is creating the conditions groups like ISIS thrive in.