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 Politics of American Protest, With a North Korean Twist

The right wing has attacked Gwen Berry for her Olympic trial protest. A North Korean defector has joined that chorus.

Biden’s Conventional Foreign Policy

America is back—to the same old, same old.

Iran’s Hardliners: We’re Back, Too

The victory of Ebrahim Raisi in Iran’s recent presidential elections may contain some surprising good news for the Biden administration.

The Real Danger of Israel’s New Government

Some in Washington may be so glad to be rid of Netanyahu that they’ll welcome his even more hardline successor.

Building the World Back Better?

Instead of consigning China to the doghouse, why not create one big Green reconstruction team?

Bracing for a Surge of Trumpism in the Twilight of the Pandemic

More infectious strains of Trumpism are emerging for which we haven’t yet developed a vaccine.

The Pitfalls of U.S.-South Korean Economic Cooperation

Seoul and Washington should be working together to bring China on board for the kind of economic transformation that the planet so desperately needs.

Democracy: On the Precipice?

If we extrapolate from the current trend lines, democracy will be gone in a couple decades, melted away like the polar ice. But although down, democracy is not out.

They’re Not Conservatives, They’re Extremists

By mislabelling the radical members of the Republican Party “conservative,” the mainstream media gives them a veneer of respectability.

What Is Joe Biden’s Israel Policy, Exactly?

The Biden administration thought it could muddle through with the usual pro-Israel platitudes, but rising awareness of Israeli apartheid is making that impossible.

Netanyahu Soldiers On

The only winner in the perennial confrontation between Israel and Hamas: Benjamin Netanyahu.

Understanding Israel’s Latest Attack on Gaza — and Who Benefits

Netanyahu’s political troubles — and an arms industry eager to battle test new wares on Gazans — may help explain the latest escalation of violence.

What’s up With the Herd?

The United States won’t achieve herd immunity because a significant portion of the herd is suffering from mad cow disease.

Immigrants to the Rescue

For countries facing a demographic crisis, immigrants are the answer.

America Hacks Itself

The Cold War has already turned hot — on the Internet.

Afghanistan’s Green Future?

Can Afghanistan’s mineral wealth finance a transition to a carbon-neutral future?

The Spread Of Global Hate

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter helped right-wing populists take power. Can they now help rein them in?

International Law Uncanceled

The Biden administration lifted sanctions against the International Criminal Court. It’s not enough.

If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the U.S. Can Welcome a Few Thousand

The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn’t.

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Withdrawing several thousand U.S. troops from Afghanistan is just the tip of the iceberg.