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 Hunger President

As famine descends on a huge swath of the globe, the White House is rolling back aid, ramping up conflict, and risking more climate chaos.

Brexit, a Wake-Up Call for Europe

Britain has a lot to lose from Brexit, but the EU will fare worse.

Trump’s New Foreign Policy Is the Worst of Both Worlds

It’s blustery nationalism plus the conventional pieties of the foreign policy establishment.

What Does Kim Jong Un Want?

It’s not too late for diplomacy with North Korea’s leader.

The Invasive Species Threatening Our Entire Ecosystem

We’re not getting green enough, fast enough, to made a big enough difference on the increase in global temperatures. Meanwhile, Trump is out to strangle anything and everything in his path.

Under Trump, the U.S. May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

With mass-casualty events from Raqqa to Mosul, some think the U.S. military is scrapping rules designed to protect innocents.

Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.

The president wants to put the U.S. on a permanent war footing to sustain his unpopular presidency.

Trump: Doubling Down on Dystopia

Today’s dystopia is not your grandfather’s 1984.

Cyberwar Doesn’t Have a Code of Conduct

North Korea hacks us. We hack them. It’s a recipe for catastrophe.

How Progressive Cities Can Reshape the World — And Democracy

As national governments lurch to the right, a citizens coalition is Barcelona is showing how ordinary people can reclaim control of their communities.

If Journalists are the Enemy of the People, I Am Too

If Trump cracks down on journalists, there might be less uproar than you’d think.

Undocumented Filipinos Are Living a Different Nightmare in Trump’s America

Under fire from Washington, rejected by Manila, and overlooked by many Americans, undocumented Filipinos are linking arms with others in the anti-Trump resistance.

What Russia Really Wants (And Got) From Trump

In Trump, the Kremlin got what it wanted — an America paralyzed by an incompetent administration at odds with more than half the country’s population.

Making American Mediocre Again

As conditions in the U.S. deteriorate, the world will continue to suffer the consequences of U.S. military force — but without the mitigating influences of U.S. foreign aid and diplomacy.

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump

By the time my dystopian future novel went to print, much of that future had become the present.

Trump’s Anti-Islamic Sentiments Extend Beyond The Muslim Ban

Trump the businessman is at war with Trump the ideologue over the question of Islam.

Killer Presidents

From Duterte to Trump, a new crop of populist leaders are reviving a tried and true method of demonstrating leadership — killing people.

Will Trump Complete the Foreign Policy Pivot to Asia?

An attempt at full-spectrum dominance may bankrupt the American economy and irreparably damage the global economy

Steven Bannon’s Real Vision Isn’t America First. It’s America Alone.

What does it mean for international relations when the most powerful country in the world becomes a pariah state?

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

Trump is extremely effective at dividing and conquering his opponents. What would it take for progressives to divide his supporters?