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

How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless Wars

Bradley Manning Has Done More for U.S. Security than SEAL Team 6

Payback for Colonial Sins

The British government’s offer to pay reparations to colonial-era torture victims in Kenya dispels the notion that British colonialism was any better than the rest.

Syria: the Charade of Humanitarian Intervention

Tales of ostensibly noble efforts to avert catastrophic human suffering have sanitized the complicity of U.S. policy.

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (6/10)

War with Iran could cost you your job.

Vultures Over Burma

A poem: To all the men and women who sing change change change Mee-ahn mar–we never heard of you before.

Nuclear Missile Wing’s “Sagging Morale” Has an Upside

Its personnel may be depressed, but at least they’re not launching nuclear weapons.

Overcoming ‘Strategic Suspicion’ — Goal of Obama-Xi Summit

This week’s summit between the presidents of the U.S. and China is being welcomed as a virtually unprecedented opportunity for each side.

Hungary: A Cancer in the Middle of Europe

Something is dreadfully wrong with Hungary–and it could spread to the rest of Europe.

Erdogan’s Iron Fist

The broad-based protests against Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan reflect deep-seated resentments over the Islamist leader’s increasingly authoritarian governing style.

Sierra Leone: From Swords into Ploughshares

Sierra Leone may be slowly transcending its ethnic-based politics, but poverty remains an omnipresent threat to its development and democracy.

Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Divorce

As is the case with most divorces, the “children” — Czechs and Slovaks — were not consulted.

Erdogan Goes All Robert Moses on Istanbul

Turks are feeling steamrollered by Prime Minister Erdogan’s development projects.

Five Ways the Arms Trade Treaty Advances Arms Control

For the first time in history, the $70-billion global arms trade will be regulated by international law.

Empire, Capitalism, and Human Trafficking in Northeast Asia

The crisis of people-trafficking and sexual exploitation in Northeast Asia is not a nationalist issue; it is a gender issue.

Syrian Rebels Doing Best They Can to Alienate Supporters

Were the Syrian rebels to win, how different would their rule be from Assad’s?

Six Reasons to Oppose John Kerry’s $4 Billion Plan for the Palestinians

The charade of “generous offers” to the Palestinians.

Foreign Aid Is Afghanistan’s Resource Curse

With endless foreign aid, the US has undercut mechanisms of democratic accountability in Afghanistan and should not be surprised at the results.

Restoring Slovenia’s Erased

A year ago, the European Court of Human Rights mandated that Slovenia pay compensation to the 25,000 people stripped of residency in the wake of the country’s independence.

Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland

After 40 years of exile and too many broken hearts, it’s long past time we let the Chagossians go home.

The Dying Sahara: Jeremy Keenan’s Latest Book Reviewed

To beef up the U.S. military presence in Africa to provide security for oil and natural-gas sources, the U.S. needed to either amplify the terrorist threat to the region or fabricate one.