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

Observing in Ecatepec

The experience of this election observer highlights the deficit of quality in Mexican democracy.

Don’t Expand NAFTA

The United States is leading the way to another corporate-friendly free-trade agreement, and it’s bringing its NAFTA partners along for the ride.

Mexicans Sidestep Rigid Gun Control to Arm Themselves

Mexico has strict gun control laws. Who knew?

Cutting Pentagon Fat

Here’s a way to reduce the military budget without threatening national security.

As Drones Grow More Precise, Their Targets Become Increasingly Vague

It’s as if there’s a zero sum relationship between the accuracy of targeting and those targeted.

Divesting from All Occupations

Activists should expand the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign that targets Israel to include Morocco

Tunisia’s Culture War: Salafists Run Amok

Tunisia’s Salafists are the brown shirts of the Tunisian Arab Spring.

Crowd-sourcing a Nation Into Existence

Nowhereisland proves that it doesn’t take fancy technology or big-name consultants to figure out what most people want.

Review: Bahrain, Shouting in the Dark

A new documentary portrays the least famous and least successful of the Arab revolts.

Review: China and the Persian Gulf

China and the United States compete for influence in the Persian Gulf, but they also have overlapping interests in the region.

AQ in Iraq Has a Funny (Ha, Ha) Way of Observing Ramadan

As usual, Al Qaeda makes a mockery of Islam.

Iran Navy Reassures West It Won’t Block Strait of Hormuz

Iran Parliament plays to cheap seats by calling for Strait to be blocked in response to sanctions.

Syria: The End of the Beginning

Defectors are leaking from the Assad regime as if it were a sieve.

North Korean Gulag Story Gains Traction — and Opposition — in Social Media

North’s Korea’s gulag revealed in its all its horror and immensity.

Only Connect

Kaganga John acts locally to promote sustainable development in his Ugandan village, but he thinks globally.

Environmentalists Miss Chance to Protest Base

Why are the organizers of the World Conservation Congress holding their meeting near the construction of a military base in South Korea that is destroying the environment?

Netanyahu Has Little to Fear From Kadima’s Desertion

Kadima and Likud part ways over the military draft in Israel.

Condi Rice Rumor Reveals Divisions in Romney Camp and on the Right

Condoleezza Rice may be more interested in becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate than previously thought.

Beyond Libya’s Election

Libya’s first democratic election went comparatively smoothly. But it’s what comes next that poses the greater challenge.

A State’s WMD Are Just as Likely to Threaten It as Protect It

States acquire WMD both for national security and to ensure that the ruling regime survives.