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

“Argo” and Hollywood’s Muslim Problem

While well-intentioned, “Argo” falls into the common Hollywood trap of making Muslims into a monolithic Green Menace.

Free Elections Encourage in Sierra Leone, But Most Left Behind by Western Development

The citizens of Sierra Leone turned out in droves to vote, but they have failed to benefit from booming oil exploration and the mining industry.

Tunisia’s Labor-Led Siliana Uprising Honors the Memory of Labor Leader Farhat Hached

Tunisians protested against massive youth unemployment and low wages.

The Wahhabi War on Indonesia’s Shiites

Indonesia’s Shi’a minority is under heavy attack by Saudi-funded Wahhabists.

We’re Not Broke

This commonsense guide to avoiding the fiscal swindle would nearly eliminate the budget deficit while making the United States more equitable, green, and secure.

Enrique Pena Nieto and Mexico’s Drug War Opening

There are good reasons to be cynical about the return of the PRI in Mexico. Even so, when it comes to human rights in Mexico, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Burma’s Buddhists Determined to De-romanticize Buddhism for West

Burma — from its president to its Nobel laureate — has failed to address Buddhist violence in its Rakhine state against Muslim Rohingyas.

The U.S. and Central & South Asia: Four More Years

Just because the cliche that Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires is repeated ad nauseam doesn’t mean it’s not true.

Changing the Rules

The rules aren’t broken–they’re fixed.

Hamas Helped, Israel Handicapped by Threats to Their Respective Publics

Soon after the 2006 war with Lebanon, it became clear that Israel’s Achilles heel was the fear that demoralized its population.

Hitham’s Tale

The military disparity between Israel and Gaza is but the most violent among many.

Endangering Women Human Rights Defenders

USAID spending often means less security and more violence against women, particularly women human rights defenders.

Theft Is Not the Only Threat Militants Pose to Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons

Extremist Islamist militants also sow confusion about the intentions of the Pakistani state and military.

Syria and the Semantics of “Civil War”

War semantics are not just semantics.

Towards a Grand Climate Compromise

The climate conference in Doha is a diplomatic charade masquerading as a serious climate negotiation.

Afghan Military Killings of American Troops Underscores Absurdity of Our Afghan Adventure

Nothing is sadder than dying at the hands of those you’re sworn to protect.

Affirmative Action for Somalia

Only a policy of sustained affirmative action can address ingrained gender imbalances in Somalia.

Iron Dome’s Effectiveness Is Not an Argument for Missile Defense

It’s one thing to intercept a Hamas rocket, another to shoot down an inter-continental ballistic missile.

Abetting the Carnage in Gaza

Steadfast diplomatic and military U.S. support helped enable Israeli violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza.

The U.S. and Africa: The Next Four Years

Africa is wealthy in oil, gas, iron, aluminum and rare metals.