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 Global Rushmore of Autocrats

It’s not Washington and Lincoln Trump imagines himself in the footsteps of — it’s Xi and Putin.

In the US, the Second Wave Is Already Here

While Europe and Asia track down three-digit infection spikes at worst, the U.S. is dealing with over 40,000 a day.

Time to Rethink the US-ROK Alliance

South Korea is trapped between a U.S. rock and a North Korean hard place. It should consider changing its relationship with the rock.

The De-Trumpification of America

What lessons can be learned from the end of the Confederacy, Nazi Germany, and Saddam’s Iraq?

Why Bolton Matters

You don’t need to lionize Bolton, a far-right hawk, to understand what makes his observations about Trump valuable.

Conservatives Are Comparing Racial Justice Protestors to Maoists

Right-wing “intellectuals” uncomfortable with the Black Lives Matter movement have latched onto a dubious historical analogy.

Cyclone Amphan Is a Warning for the United States

The storm ravaged India and Bangladesh all the worse because of social and economic inequality. The same, or worse, could happen here.

Emperor Trump Now Stands Partially Naked

Many of the establishment figures now turning on Trump have blood on their hands. But that’s the point.

The Descent of America

America’s racism is destroying its advanced status in real time — and with it, the most redeeming parts of liberal internationalism.

Is It Time to Boycott the United States?

The G7 kicked Russia out over its invasion of Crimea. Does the U.S. assault on international laws, treaties, and democracy warrant the same treatment?

Trump’s ‘Uncreative Destruction’ of the U.S.-China Relationship

Trump’s economic war on China comes in the shadow of an even deadlier military escalation. And it may not stop after November, no matter who wins the election.

Death and the Economy: A Dialogue

An (imagined) conversation on the trade-offs between lives and dollars.

Debunking Trump’s China Nonsense

Trump botched his COVID-19 response disastrously, so now he’s giving anti-China conspiracy theories the full weight of the U.S. government.

The Black Death Killed Feudalism. What Does COVID-19 Mean for Capitalism?

How will the coronavirus transform the relationship between state and market? A look at oil, food, and finance.

A Progressive Victory over the Coronavirus

South Korea, having beaten back the coronavirus, is now poised to show the world how to move forward to save lives, democracy, and the planet.

Who’s Responsible for America’s Coronavirus Fiasco?

Donald Trump could end up in court over his mishandling of the coronavirus.

The Next Pandemic

We will always play catch-up with these wily viruses if we continue our all-out war on the environment.

Will the EU Survive the Coronavirus?

Hungary’s authoritarianism, Portugal’s generosity, Italy’s call for solidarity, Germany’s tightfistedness: European responses to the crisis are varied.

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.