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

Building a Post-Extractivist Future for Latin America

The region faces a choice between top-down “green growth” and bottom-up efforts to transform economies.

Suicide Truckers

The “Freedom Convoy” in Canada wants to spread its anti-government, antisocial, and ultimately self-defeating messages far and wide.

The Terrifying World of 2025

Imagine that the current attacks on experts and expertise morph into a full-blown MAGA Cultural Revolution in 2025.

Russia and China’s Dirty Partnership

When the world’s largest consumer of fossil fuels teams up with one of the world’s largest suppliers, the planet is the biggest loser.

Helsinki 2.0

The European security order has broken down. The conflict around Ukraine is a symptom of this larger problem.

The Ukraine Crisis Is an Opportunity to Reshape U.S.-Russia Diplomacy

In the past, crises with Russia have led to landmark agreements. The Biden administration should take that opportunity today.

Biden at One

The Biden administration’s first year was a major course correction after Trump. But U.S. foreign policy needs transformation, not restoration.

The End of Dissent

Foreign agent laws in Russia, El Salvador, and elsewhere threaten the entire international edifice of laws and institutions that support the right to dissent.

Protests at the Pump

Even small increases in the price of gas can generate protests, like in Kazakhstan. But actually, we’re not paying anywhere near enough for gas.

The “Selling” of Degrowth

Can those who advocate hitting the brakes on economic growth get their message across before it’s too late?

The End of Us

One year after the January 6 insurrection, is the United States on the verge of break-up?

The Party of January 6

The coup attempt turned into a road map for the national GOP. Whether democracy survives is up to us.

Russian Green Deal: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Russia is a leading carbon emitter and exporter. But change is afoot inside the country.

War With Russia?

Here’s what Washington, Moscow, and Kyiv can do to avoid the next world war.

South Korea’s Green New Deal: Myths Versus Realities

There’s one place in the world where the Green New Deal is a policy reality. But is it living up to its hype?

The Far Right Continues to Build Its International

Donald Trump and his allies around the world are still alive and kicking.

Fossil Fueled Foreign Policy: Why COP26 Flopped

Western observers want to blame India for the failure of the UN climate talks. Not so fast.

Ending Latin America’s Sewage Decade

The victory of Xiomara Castro in Honduras is a sign that region is ready to exit its lost decade.

If You Think Vaccine Mandate Pushback Is Bad…

At some point, governments will start using more sticks than carrots to break our deadly dependence on fossil fuels. How will humanity respond?

Climate of Delusion

We all think that climate change is somebody else’s problem. We have to be persuaded otherwise.