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

Burning Down the House

Far-right governments in the U.S., UK, and Brazil are laying bare their nihilistic roots and full destructive potential.

‘Slowbalization’: Is the Slowing Global Economy a Boon or Bane?

Some economists worry the world has passed “peak globalization.” But that could be good for the planet.

Mass Shootings, Economic Inequality, and a Racist President

Three mass shootings in one week, homelessness abound, and a liar who hurls racist rhetoric from the White House stoop. America needs a course correction.

The Escalating Trade War and the Renewed Nuclear Arms Race Overshadow Ending the War in Afghanistan

Even if Trump manages to end the war in Afghanistan, he’s fueling other wars that will be even more devastating.

Mobilizing Muslim Resistance to the Saudi War in Yemen

Yemeni Americans organizing against the war hope more Muslim organizations will use their platforms to end to the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

The GOP’s Sinister New Nationalism

The party’s assault on “globalists” and “cosmopolitans” pushes against internationalism when it’s needed most.

How to Decide the Fate of the Planet

Is China or the Green New Deal the Answer to Climate Change?

Keeping Up the Fight Against the Muslim Ban

A year after the Supreme Court ruling upholding it, advocates have lined up legislation and presidential candidates behind undoing one of Trump’s signature abuses.

Boris Johnson and the New Battle of Britain

As hard Brexiteer Boris Johnson takes over, Labour is finally coming down on the side of Remain. Will it be too late?

Trump’s Send-Them-Back Doctrine

Trump’s war on immigrants recalls the absurdity of Stalin’s purges — and a few of his supporters, at least, are starting to notice.

Iran Is Not the Aggressor — the US Is

If a war breaks out, it won’t be because the Trump administration “bumbled” into one.

Pyongyang on the Potomac

Trump and Kim getting along is better than the alternative, but there’s no denying troubling similarities in the two men’s political styles.

Trump’s Bluster Diplomacy

Don’t expect Trump to do a North Korean-style pivot in his relations with Iran.

On Iran, It’s Trump vs. Trump

Trump is the only one who can talk himself out of war with Iran.

Will a ‘Deepfake’ Swing the 2020 Election?

Deepfake technology undermines any hope of once again conducting national conversations on the basis of observable reality.

Democracy Desperately Needs a Reboot

Democracy faces a global crisis. And this crisis couldn’t be coming at a worse time.

The Misadventures of ‘Tariff Man’

For Donald Trump, tariffs are a substitute for diplomacy, just as harassment in his personal life is a substitute for normal human interaction

There’s a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism

Whether authorities classify an act as “terrorist” depends almost entirely on who carries it out, not what they did.

The Terrifying Implications of India’s Elections for People and the Planet

The Modi government’s far-right bigotry is well-known, but its equally disturbing environmental record isn’t.

The Kremlin’s Backing of Noxious Reactionaries Worldwide

Viktor Orban, Mario Salvini, Heinz-Christian Strache, Marine Le Pen. Oh, yes, and Trump too.