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

The U.S. Would Face a Harsh Choice — and Economic Loss — in War Between China and Japan

The U.S. government may be legally obligated to defend Japan.

Did John Brennan’s End Run Lead to the Death of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi?

Who would you believe: JSOC operatives past and present or the U.S. government?

Is It Time for an African Pope?

As pope, an African could provoke a subtle but important change in global attitudes toward Africa and focus more attention on a rising continent rich with promise and challenges alike.

Exactly Why Is President Obama Going to Israel?

Both Israel and the United States seek to quash expectations that the visit will jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Lurching Towards War: A Post-Mortem on Strategic Patience

As he enters his second term, Barack Obama must confront the role of ‘strategic patience’ as a central driver of our current crisis in Korea.

The Bulgarian Turn

Not even the intelligentsia in Bulgaria are immune to the siren song of the new nationalism to which more and more Europeans are susceptible.

Israel’s Pointless Attack on Syria

Israel is clearly taking advantage of a severely weakened Syrian regime, correctly predicting that the Syrians are not in a position to retaliate.

Obama’s Biggest Compromise Yet?

Barack Obama’s SOTU speech emphasizes “nation-building at home.” But that doesn’t mean an end to nation-bombing abroad.

John Keegan: Soldiers and Pacifists Share the Same Qualities

When John Keegan died last year, the world lost a groundbreaking military historian.

Obama Could Go it Alone, Bring All the Troops Home, and Stop the Killing

Focusing on the executive actions you can take without Congress is a great idea, Mr. President.

The Depths of Malaise in Palestine

Two recent polls find that Palestinians are drifting towards Hamas and are more willing to engage in violent resistance to free themselves of occupation.

Low Fertility and Labor Shortages Might Save the World

Migration is one of the best mechanisms for reducing poverty.

U.S. Arms Fuel Asian Tension

The U.S. ‘pivot’ to the South and East China Seas has energised the American industrial-military complex, dimming the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the ongoing disputes in the region.

Morsi’s Last Chance

Egypt is rapidly approaching its most acute political and economic crisis since the 2011 revolution that swept dictator Hosni Mubarak from power.

The West Must Help Syria’s Neighbors Absorb the Impact of Its Refugee Crisis

The sheer number of refugees seeking safe haven is taking a toll on Syria’s neighbors.

Washington Post Keeps Administration’s Secret About Drone Base in Saudi Arabia

Major media outlets once again sit on a big story at an administration’s request.


When we reach the adamantine gates of Iraq, it’s too late to turn back.

A Valentine’s Day Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Senate must pass the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, an international agreement that affirms principles of human rights and equality for women everywhere.

Living in a Constitution-Free Zone

The advance of the homeland security state along the U.S.-Canada border, funded and supported by Congress, seems both uncontroversial – and unstoppable.