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

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.

How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration’s approach of “multilateral restoration” has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.

18 Years of Invasion in Iraq

We must end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the next time our leaders argue for the necessity of war, it’s up to us to resist.

We Passed an American Rescue Plan. Next Up: The Global Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Act is an extraordinary shot in the arm for the U.S. economy. Now let’s help the rest of the world get vaccinated.

China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

Democrats expect Republican support for an upcoming infrastructure bill. They’re pitching it as anti-China.

Multilateralism and the Biden Administration

The Biden Administration should help create stronger, more equitable, and more democratic multilateral structures at the international and regional level.

Painting the World Green

How committed is the Biden administration to reshaping U.S. foreign policy to save the planet?

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

The Saudi prince, like the Patricia Highsmith character, is a confidence man, serial killer, and all-around psychopath. The United States should stop enabling him.

The Claudius Presidency

After four years of an American Caligula, will Joe Biden bring the United States back into the international community?

The U.S. Senate Is a Global Problem

The acquittal of Trump was bad, but the Senate’s approach to foreign affairs over the years has been even worse.

Beating Back the Far Right Globally

It’s time to resurrect a global anti-fascist consensus to name, shame, and throw these guys out of the game.

Guatemala’s Land Defenders Are Still Their Own Best Defense

Rising corruption in Guatemala threatens landmark legal victories by Indigenous activists defending their land from mining.

Russia: A New Start?

Can Moscow and Washington find common cause against the global scourges of nuclear weapons, climate change, and pandemic?

What Explains COVID’s East-West Divide?

Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?

The Future of U.S. Democracy Promotion

Because of the events of the last weeks, months and years, should “democracy promotion” be permanently removed from the U.S. foreign policy lexicon?

Open Letter to the Biden Administration on the Need for a Pandemic Pivot

It’s urgent not to return to the previous status quo. It’s time for creative thinking and bold action.

The Fall of Trump

Donald Trump has always been about me, me, me. Now he has no one left to blame.

Knives Out: Boycott, Purge, and Prosecute

The ForeverTrumpers are challenging the Constitution. They should be penalized for their efforts.