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

Nuclear Weapons Have Outlived Their Usefulness — if They Ever Had Any

Historian Ward Wilson pokes holes in the mythology of nuclear weapons.

What Went Right at Almaty

Iran and the P5+1 powers are finally negotiating instead of just talking.

Reconciling Displaced Libyans and Their Neighbors

Thousands of Libyans remain internally displaced by ethnic tensions unleashed by the revolution.

Climate Change as History’s Deal-Breaker

Climate change, global warming, extreme weather — call it what you will — is the obvious deal-breaker in human, if not planetary, history.

Ahead of March Iran Talks, U.S. Urged to Back Possible Israeli Strike

The U.S. risks rupturing tenuous diplomatic talks with Iran in a new resolution introduced to Congress that vouches U.S. support for Israel.

President Suu Kyi?

Aung San Suu Kyi’s tremendous skills as an opposition leader don’t necessarily translate to presidential politics.

Bulgaria: The Next Generation

Bulgaria’s younger generation is distinguished from those who lived during the communist era by an awareness of the rest of the world — and how it perceives Bulgaria.

Defense Braces for a Bad Decade

Rather than just sitting on the sidelines, watching in anxiety and frustration as this Washington catfight proceeds, defense-dependent communities and workers should get going on the proverbial Plan B.

Did Arafat Jaradat Die Under Interrogation?

A case of the conflicting autopsies: Palestinian and Israeli.

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces

DC credibility, Netanyahu’s red line, and shame about nuclear disarmament.

Italy’s Election: Lighting the Lamp

After years of brutal austerity, collapsing economies, widespread unemployment, and shredding of the social safety net, Italians said “basta!” Enough!

Camel Wrestling on the Aegean Coast

Camel wrestling is an ancient Anatolian sport originating among Turkic tribes well over 2,000 years ago, a tradition still seen along Turkey’s Aegean coast.

Organizing the Public in East-Central Europe

NGOs devoted to public works paradoxically became part of the wave of privatization that swept the region.

The Forgotten Oscar: “Argo” for Best Propaganda

“Argo” is more tone-deaf to the Middle East than “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Human Rights in Serbia

One of the major problems plaguing the Balkans is impunity.

Sequestering American Exceptionalism

The “American Century” is most certainly coming to an end. The goal should be a smooth transition to a more cooperative world order.

After Unprecedented Fight, Hagel Confirmed as Obama’s Pentagon Chief

Despite a massive effort by “pro-Israel” neoconservatives to derail his nomination, the Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense.

Latest Smoking Gun on Iran’s Nuclear Program Just Another Misfire

Yousaf Butt lays waste to the magnetic-ring-sign-of-Iran-nuclear-expansion theory.

The Banal Militarism of Hollywood

Appealing to jingoism is certainly easier than prompting national introspection, but is priming an audience for blood what we call art today?

The Sunset of the “Celtic Tiger” Led to the Dawn of the “Horsewich”

The implosion of the Irish real estate bubble, as well as gutted inspection regimes, begat the Great Horsemeat Crisis.