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

Our Girls are Still Not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death

No matter who wins the election next month or whatever military force is raised and thrown against Boko Haram in the future, it is likely that the insurgency will continue.

Charlie Hebdo Meets ‘The Interview’

We’re better off having the limits of free speech tested by artists — including obnoxious ones — than having its limits imposed by political rulers.

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?

After the Paris massacre, European governments should resist narratives of civilizational conflict and push for a ceasefire in the Syrian war.

The Games of Our Lives

Can video games crowdsource more democratic solutions to the world’s problems?

America Held Hostage

A few Americans are held hostage by al-Qaeda. The rest of us are held hostage by the U.S. overreliance on military force.

The Life and Times of Michael B

Ferguson put the U.S.’ racial apartheid on the global stage.

What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America

Warnings about the human and environmental costs of “free trade” went unheeded. Now the most vulnerable Central Americans are paying the price.

Netanyahu Is a National Security Risk—And Washington Knows It

An anonymous U.S. official caused a dustup when he called the Israeli prime minister “chickensh*t.” Others might have said worse.

Korea’s Balloon War

South Korean activists are using balloons to send political and religious propaganda across the DMZ. They’re also endangering Koreans on both sides of the border.

The Sum of Our Fears

Has the Internet and social media primed us to worry too much about improbable threats — and too little about probable ones?

Recognizing Palestine

As more European governments line up to recognize a Palestinian state, Israel (and the U.S.) look more isolated than ever.

Here’s Everything Wrong with the White House’s War on the Islamic State

The Obama administration’s war plans in Iraq and Syria are illegal, ill-conceived, and destined to fail. Here’s what the U.S.—and you—can do instead.

Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

Obama is more than willing to stand up against the Islamic State. Too bad he wasn’t willing to stand up to his hawkish critics.

We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

With more of us crowding a warming planet, we need agricultural change.

The Fight to Keep Toxic Mining—and the World Bank—Out of El Salvador

Hundreds of protesters recently gathered at the World Bank to shame a gold mining firm’s shakedown of one of Central America’s poorest countries.

The Cold War Never Ended

Vladimir Putin is not reviving the Cold War. Rather, the U.S. failed to end it when it had the chance.

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

Israel believes it can bomb Gazans into changing their interests. How long will Obama support this delusion?

Electrifying Africa – But at What Cost to Africans?

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the U.S. government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.

Mandela’s Global Social Impact

Emira Woods speaks on the significance of Nelson Mandela’s passing on CCTV America: “The spirit of Mandela lives on, a spirit that continues to fight for justice.”