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

South Korea’s New Foreign Policy of One Yes and Two Nos

The victory of conservative candidate Yoon Suk-yeol in South Korea’s recent presidential election will push the country deeper into the U.S. embrace.

Ending the War in Ukraine

No diplomatic solution is possible without serious pressure on Putin.

Will Ukraine Write the Alt-Right’s Epitaph?

Most of the leaders of the alt-right are scrambling to distance themselves from Vladimir Putin. It might be too late.

The Impact of Green New Deals on Latin America

A new wave of extractivism from the Global South is the hidden side of the energy transitions in the North.

Why Ukraine Matters

If Putinism is victorious in Ukraine, it will set a horrific precedent not only for other territorial grabs but also other attacks on democracy.

No Pasaran: Ukraine 2022

Vladimir Putin is the Franco of today, and Ukraine must become the graveyard of Putinism.

India and the Future of the Planet

India’s economic and energy production model is not a threat to the world, but it is a threat to India itself, particularly its most marginalized people.

Respond to Putin’s Illegal Invasion of Ukraine With Diplomacy, Not War

There’s no “national interest” worth risking nuclear conflict. But urgent diplomacy and humanitarian aid — and Russia’s own antiwar movement — could stop the suffering.

Putin’s Cold, Cold Strategy

Russia’s aim is to create a frozen conflict in Ukraine, but time is not on Putin’s side.

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?