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

European Green Deal: Step Forward, Backward, or Sideways?

Europe is ahead of much of the world in combining decarbonization with an equitable shift to clean energy. And it’s still not enough.

America Is a Poor Advertisement for Democracy

Congressional paralysis, voter suppression, and widespread political polarization all suggest that American democracy is far from exemplary.

Climate Change and the Limits of Economic Growth

If economic growth ushered in this era of climate change, how can economic growth also be part of the solution?

Latin America Should Withdraw From the World Bank’s Harsh Trade Court

A secretive World Bank tribunal lets multinational corporations sue governments over basic regulations. Mexico should lead a Latin American exodus.

The Real Meaning of Squid Game

South Korea has been a big winner in the game of globalization. But it has come at a price.

Can We Avoid a War With China?

The cold war in the Taiwan Strait threatens to turn hot.

The Embarrassment of Riches

The wealthy rob governments of at least $200 billion a year in lost tax revenues. It’s time to force them to pay up.

The UN Crisis

This problem of rogue actors has long bedeviled the United Nations. But the rise of right-wing populists who insist on their sovereign right to do whatever they please poses an additional challenge to the international community.

Why Did a U.S. Envoy Meet With the Head of a Fascist Militia in India?

The fact that India is well on its way to full-fledged authoritarianism hasn’t factored into the Biden administration’s approach to the “world’s largest democracy.”

Bush Was a Disaster – Only Trump Looks Worse by Comparison

More than 140 historians ranked past American presidents. If not for Trump, Bush’s ranking would have nosedived.

Working for a Real Mad Man

The military stood up to Donald Trump. Who will now stand up to the military?

The Handcuffing of Joe Biden

Trump didn’t just tie his successor’s hands. He handcuffed them to the throttle of a runaway train.

Did 9/11 Change Everything?

The 9/11 attacks were a surprise. The response wasn’t.

Death and Living in the Face of Empire

Julian Aguon’s ‘The Properties of Perpetual Light’ is a thoughtful meditation on how, to understand problems at the center of a colonial society, we have to look at the margins.

Saving Democracy by Destroying It

America desperately needs a dose of its own medicine of democracy promotion.

It’s Time to Reassess Our Relationship With Israel

Biden can’t say he’s putting human rights first and then welcome a prime minister who boasts about war crimes to the White House.

America’s Merchants of Death Then — and Now

More Afghan-like tragedies will be inevitable until we squeeze the personal profit out of prepping for war.

Does the Future Belong to the Taliban?

Afghanistan is not the only place at risk of takeover by extremists.

The Climate Crisis and Korea

The two Koreas cannot by themselves stop the climate crisis, but they can establish a model that the rest of the world can follow.

The Delta Variant of Global Stupidity

Why is the far right jumping on the anti-vaccination bandwagon?