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

World Gives America One Year to Stop Trump or Face Sanctions

[Satire] UN: “We recommend that Americans sentence all top-ranking officials of the Trump administration to a decade of picking up trash along America’s highways.”

The Widening Rift Between the U.S. and China

Worsening relations between the two largest economies in the world could lead to disaster.

Ayatollah Trump: The Global Rise of the Christian Right

Islamic extremism gets all the press, but Trump is just one of a growing number of Christian extremists in positions of political power.

Mueller, Russiagate, and the 2020 Elections

The only true magic bullet in this case is the collective determination of all Americans who still believe in decency and democracy.

After Trump

Centrist liberalism is dead, and Trump is a disaster. But progressives can use what he’s done to remake America and its place in the world.

The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

If nuclear war comes, it will happen because of a calculation or miscalculation by India or Pakistan.

Trump’s Bromance with Kim Is Gross, But Let the Love Letters Continue

Despite the failed summit, relations between the U.S. and North Korea are much better than they were 18 months ago.

Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal

Critics dismiss it as a dream. But that’s precisely what it is. It’s visionary.

The Psychology of the Wall

Walls are cropping up all over the world. But as with guns, the sense of safety and security that comes from a wall is almost entirely illusory.

Trump’s at War with U.S. Intelligence — For Once, He’s Right

Wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and North Korea have been costly and achieved little. It makes sense to cut losses and get out.

Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro

The left has a proud tradition of both democracy and anti-imperialism. It’s critical to keep both traditions in mind when addressing the current crisis in Venezuela.

Deal or No Deal: Britain’s Fearful Future

The case for a second Brexit vote.

The Next US-North Korea Summit

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet again. Here are several reasons to be optimistic about next month’s summit.

Trump Punts on Syria

The forever war in the Middle East is far from over.

Will Trump Rule by Decree?

It’s a small leap from a “state of emergency” at the border to martial law throughout the country.

John Bolton Says He Wants to Protect Africa from ‘Predatory’ Chinese Behavior. What About Washington’s?

Chinese investment may come with strings attached, but Africa deserves an alternative to U.S.-led neoliberalism and militarization.

Are You Ready for an Epoch Fail?

Globalists Really Are Ruining Your Life

The Importance of the Latest Netflix Dystopia

1983 is an alternative history that bears disturbing resemblance to contemporary politics.

Review: Season 2 of Trump Presidency

Where’s the Wall? Where’s the deal with North Korea? Where’s that Rust Belt revival?

‘Get Me Outta Here’: Trump Turns the G20 into the G19

On everything from climate to trade to the international order itself, the failure of the White House’s powers of persuasion were on full display at the G20.