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

Hydrofluorocarbons: Finally, Something the U.S. and China Can Agree On

China’s about-face on HFCs at the Sunnylands summit is a really big deal.

Finally — Pride of Place for Drug Policy at the OAS General Assembly Meeting

Drug policy reforms in Latin America will come from below.

U.S. Ordered to Halt Linking Aid to Anti-Prostitution Oath

The Supreme Court overturned a mandate that certain organizations receiving HIV/AIDS funding state their opposition to prostitution.

On the Brink of Another War

Let’s resist the temptation to intervene in Syria. This time, let’s say ‘lesson learned.’

The Empire’s New Clothes: “Humanitarian Intervention” Stripped Bare

Is it just a propaganda tool that affords the U.S. cover under which to continue its role as global policeman?

Finding a Normal Path in Serbia

Many ethnic Serbs fled — or were expelled from — Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo during those conflicts of the 1990s.

The Oxygen Trade: Leaving Hondurans Gasping for Air

The carbon trade doesn’t just fail to address climate change. In countries like Honduras, it funnels cash to notorious human rights abusers and threatens vital resources.

Republicans Perpetuate Myths About Missile Defense to Keep Cold War Alive

Republicans oppose U.S. cooperation with Russia on NATO missile defense.

Iranians Vote for Hope and a Change of Course

Iran’s June 14 presidential election results, announced the day after voting was held, were nothing less than a political earthquake.

Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

The root of the sexual assault crisis plaguing the military lies in militarism itself.

Iran’s Election Nuclear, But Not Nuked

Iran has to be the only country where one nuclear negotiator defeated another for the presidency.

Has Intervention by the United States Become, by Definition, a Mistake?

Is reflexive resistance to intervention in Syria the right reaction by progressives?

A Voter’s Guide to Iran’s Presidential Race

What you need to know if you’re voting in the Iran presidential election — or viewing it from afar.

What’s Not on the Ballot in Iran

As they go to the polls, ordinary Iranians understand that one of the most salient facts of life in Iran–the international sanctions regime–will not be on the ballot.

Kurdistan: The Next Autocracy?

Iraq’s Kurds may at last have their own state. But is it the one they wanted?

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (6/13)

From nuclear weapons to unicorns.

From the Spanish Civil War to Syria: Parceling Out Truth Subverts Justice

George Orwell understood that ignoring obvious horrors for expediency’s sake is a roadblock to justice.

When Will the Dirty Wars End?

Jeremy Scahill’s ‘Dirty Wars’ conveys the sinister, unaccountable, and deadly power concentrated in the halls of Washington that now threatens the planet.

For Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement a Cruel, But All Too Usual, Punishment

Although he could face life in prison for a crime of conscience, Manning must feel at least some relief that his pre-trial confinement has come to an end.

Slovenia and Bulgaria: a Tale of Two Reforms

Slovenia has achieved the most economic success among East-Central European states transitioning from communism, Bulgaria the least.