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

What Europe Can Teach Us about Trump

As America braces itself for the landfall of Hurricane Trump, it’s instructive to look at Europe’s populist leaders for clues to our future.

The Case For Non-Cooperation With Trump

Let the next four years of antipolitics begin.

Under Trump, the U.S. Will Become an Enemy of the International Community

A relentless, four-year onslaught by Donald Trump and his allies will have a terrible effect.

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did)

Now we all stand on the precipice — of aggressive nationalism, of ugly prejudice, of climate change, of despair.

Neocons Have Flocked to Hillary Clinton. Does This Signal a Cataclysm in American Politics?

A highly unpopular president is about to take office and one of the major political parties is on life support. What will this mean for U.S. foreign policy?

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era.

Trump Transformed Paranoia Politics Into a Genuine Electoral Force

His apocalyptic approach to politics puts fear into the hearts of liberals and conservatives alike — and puts fire in the belly of America’s whitest insurgents.

The Crusade Against Press Freedom

The latest attacks on journalists and news organizations by corrupt populists are contributing to a global rollback of fundamental rights.

Understanding Why Colombians Voted Against Peace

Should we rethink the way voters weigh in directly on matters of national security and international relations?

When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

Syria is emerging as a metaphor for the fragmentation and chaos that the modern world barely contains.

Are We Near the End of NATO?

Problems with Turkey, Eastern Europe, and Donald Trump could tear the rickety alliance apart at the seams.

Our Current Political Order is on the Verge of Collapse

The rise of Trump-esque politicians all over the world is a result of cultural, economic, and political backlashes that are helping these illiberal populists win.

Why a “Trumpxit” May Be Harder Than it Looks

Looking for a place to escape from President Trump? You’re running out of options.

Keep Elites Accountable, But Don’t Dumb the Issues Down

Complex global challenges require committed activists who stand on principle as well as experts on the inside who can play the political game.

To Stop Climate Change, Don’t Just Cut Carbon. Redistribute Wealth.

Climate disruption is inextricably linked to economic inequality. Serious climate solutions must be, too.

The Trump Doctrine: Talk Loudly and Carry the Biggest Stick Possible

Trump’s foreign policy isn’t an alternative to U.S. empire. It’s just a cruder rendition of it.

The Sacrifice Muslim Soldier Khan Shouldn’t Have Had To Make

Clinton’s rhetoric on the Muslim world might be friendlier than Trump’s, but her record is much bloodier.

Russia’s DNC Hack is Just the Tip of the Tundra

Some see Putin’s Russia as a counterweight to U.S. global meddling. But Moscow is increasingly mimicking Washington’s worst behavior.

China’s Future is at a Crossroads

China must decide if it wants to secure “great power” status in the security realm or focus on regional economic growth for a sustainable future.

Would Americans Ever Back a U.S. Military Coup?

The attempted military coup in Turkey and the possibility of a President Trump may have more Americans considering the military option.