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

Disability Treaty Opponents Succumb to UN Black Helicopter Conspiracy Theories

The Senate hasn’t approved any major multilateral treaties since 1997.

Towards a Foreign Policy for the 99 Percent

There is a growing U.S. movement linking human and environmental needs with a demand to end our wars and liberate the vast resources they consume.

Does Pakistan’s National Pride Hinge on India Considering It a Threat?

Pakistan’s perceived need for nuclear weapons may be vastly overstated.

Susan Rice Would Have Been a Bad Secretary of State Anyway

The mainstream media was too willing to focus on spurious criticisms of Susan Rice from the right while ignoring legitimate criticisms from the left.

Both the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian Opposition Act as If They’re Playing a Zero-Sum Game

The author believes that Egyptians need to be patient and give democracy a chance to work.

Killing Spree on the Border

A real commitment to security must place human life and public safety above all else–no matter which side of the border you’re on.

Pressing the Case for Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

The U.S. has led a diplomatic push against Sri Lanka’s government, but that hasn’t stopped it from cultivating a military alliance with the troubled state.

U.S. Guilt Over Rwanda Will Only Lead to More Guilt

The Obama administration is giving Rwanda President Kagame a pass on enabling violence in the Congo.

The Oracle of Belgrade

Activist Sonja Licht took no pleasure in correctly predicting the tragedy of Yugoslavia.

The Pentagon Is Ripe for Reduction

The U.S. is finally about to turn around a 13-year-long surge in Pentagon spending.

President Obama Stands Poised to Reward Assad’s Biggest Supporter

The United States chose an inopportune time to lift restrictions on Russia and normalize trade relations.

The Cost of Occupying Planet Earth

Even a conservative estimate of the true costs of garrisoning the globe comes to an annual total of about $170 billion–or maybe even more.

Reconnecting the Balkans

“There is no success in the Balkans without reconnecting everything except politics.”

“Non-Member Observer Status” a Hollow Victory for Abbas

For President Mahmoud Abbas, the vote was a last-ditch attempt to boost his increasingly diminished relevance.

People, Machines, and Challenging the Election Results in Ghana

The declared loser in the Ghana presidential election is not going gently into the electoral good night.

Deja Vu on the Korean Peninsula

North Korea will not consider relinquishing its nuclear program without fundamental changes to the security dynamic in the region.

Y-12 Activists May Be Barred From Bringing up the Morality of Nukes at Their Trial

Federal prosecutors seek to remove justification for the existence of nuclear weapons from the trial of the Transform Now Plowshares Three.

The Roundabout Road Back To Tahrir

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi may have inadvertently provided his critics with a temporary unifying device.

Foiled Coup Against Sudan’s President Bashir Exposes Growing Islamist Dissent

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir detains “elbow lickers” in “ghost houses.”

Nuclear Weapons Laboratories National in Name Only

In fact, corporations not only manage them, but increasingly determine their agendas.