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

Who Could Have Imagined That President Obama Would Double-Down on Some of Bush’s Policies?

At least he doesn’t enjoy taking out terrorists like Bush did.

Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?

There is no reason to continue the bloodshed in Afghanistan, which all the parties recognize will not alter the final outcome a whit.

Is the Drone Program Contracting — or Expanding?

To President Obama, drones are the answer to his foreign-policy prayers.

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (5/24)

From mission creep to missileers asleep at the wheel.

The City and the City

Central Europe has become an Apartheid region where Roma and non-Roma inhabit increasingly separate and decidedly unequal worlds.

Take Syria Seriously–And Stay Out

Why start another body count in a Middle East conflict with no direct relationship to U.S. security?

Yugoslavia: When a Country Actually Is Wiped Off the Map

For many the decomposition of Yugoslavia into its constituent republics in the early 1990s was anything but smooth.

Too Soon to Tell

Hope and history are sisters: one looks forward and one looks back, and they make the world spacious enough to move through freely.

Will the Jordanian Parliament Expel the Israeli Ambassador from Amman?

A resolution to that end may be just sound and fury.

The Hashimoto Controversy and Japan’s Failure to Come to Terms with its Past

The rise of Japan’s reactionary right suggests that the country has yet to come to terms with its actions in World War II.

The Jig Is Up in Guatemala

Guatemala’s genocide trial has lifted the curtain on the country’s bloody past.

“Useful Enemies”: U.S. Admitted Not Just Nazis After WWII, But Their Sadistic Collaborators

Why did the United States feel the need to admit Baltic and Eastern Europeans who at times exceeded the Nazis in brutality?

TRIPping Up Least Developed Countries on Medicines, Green Tech, and Textbooks?

The World Trade Organization struggles for relevance in a world that embraces diversity.

In Bahrain, An Uprising Unabated

The United States needs to halt its assistance to Bahrain until the country implements promised democratic reforms.

Purifying America’s Textbooks of Ethnic Studies

If right wingers are going to purge “ethnic studies” from America’s textbooks, then they’ll have to purge history too.

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (5/17)

From the decline in democracy to the rise in the price of peace.

Right-Wing Think Tank’s Racist Report Distorts Prospects for Immigrants’ Future

A study by the Heritage Foundation maintained that Hispanic immigrants are deficient in I.Q. and thus disposed to rely on “government handouts.”

Trouble on the Other Side of the Euphrates

Iraqi demonstrators are now taking matters into their own hands.

Despite Horrific Repression, the U.S. Should Stay Out of Syria

What can we do in Syria? Unfortunately, not much.