U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gives a thumbs-up as he leaves Pennsylvania Hospital after a follow up appointment at the radiology department December 12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Why Biden thinks the way he does about foreign policy, what the future holds for an America on the brink, and what the Cold War policy of containment means for our current moment—all from our latest magazine issue.

excerpts from FP archives

FP Looks Back

Archival passages from writers such as Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and more show where we’ve been—and where we’re heading.

Early versions of Foreign Policy featured a narrow format and a different logo color for each season—blue for winter, green for spring, burgundy for summer, and yellow or brown for fall.

Consensus Lost

How FP set out to change the world.


When U.S. Foreign Policy Went Wrong

How to spot a bad concept when you see it.

President Donald Trump departs after speaking in Washington on April 17, 2019.

A Conservative Foreign Policy for the Future

Continuity, not revolution, should guide the United States.

Joe Biden in Washington on Dec. 14., 2017.

Inside Joe Biden’s Foreign-Policy Worldview

The next U.S. president isn’t an intellectual—and that’s a good thing.


Wonks Gone Wild

In FP’s 50 years, its writers’ forecasts have ranged from prescient to spectacularly wrong. That’s because the field of international relations rewards catastrophic thinking.


The Case for a Middle Path in U.S. Foreign Policy

Neither pure isolationism nor unchecked internationalism has served the United States well. It’s time for a third option.

The author’s essay in the Winter 1970-71 inaugural issue of Foreign Policy.

Grave New World

Why Biden’s job will be so much harder than his predecessors’.


America and the World: How to Build Back Better

Looking back on 50 years of U.S. foreign policy and the lessons they hold for Washington today.

Donald Trump delivers a news conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on July 23, 2020.

Trump’s Final Foreign-Policy Report Card

A look back at four years of big ambitions, a handful of successes—and many more failures.

U.S. President Donald Trump steps out of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5.

The Coming Republican Reckoning With Trump’s Legacy

Rebuilding Republican credibility in national security will require an honest look at Trumpism—and a return to our party’s foreign-policy principles.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken takes part in a naturalization ceremony on World Refugee Day in Washington, DC on June 20, 2016.

Blinken Is Good Enough

What it takes to make a truly great secretary of state—and why the United States may not need one now.

An oil pumpjack operates near Los Angeles, California on April 21.

How Biden’s Climate Plans Will Shake Up Global Energy Markets

The new administration will use foreign policy tools to promote climate goals, boost clean energy, and punish carbon-intensive production.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (from left), Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 25.

Biden May Win, but the Left Is Still Fighting for Influence

Continued Republican control of the Senate threatens to forestall both progressive cabinet picks and progressive policies.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden attend the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 25.

If Biden Wins, Progressives Are Getting Their Wish List Ready

Internecine tensions within the Democratic Party have been tamped down to defeat Trump—but that truce could be over Wednesday.

Protesters hold up their fists up in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, to protest against police brutality and racial injustice on June 14.

Why Inclusion Is Important for U.S. Foreign Policy

If Washington chooses to reengage with the world, it will need to first champion diversity and gender equality.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Sept. 29.

Poll: How Biden and Trump Differ on Foreign Policy

A survey of academics underscores sharp divergences on key issues but expects bipartisan alignment next year on China, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attend the trophy presentation prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Is the Blob Really Blameless?

How not to evaluate American grand strategy.

An illustration of Alice with the white and red queens from the book "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There" by Lewis Carroll. Published in London in 1912.

The Real Foreign Policy of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Jared Kushner cited Lewis Carroll’s classic as the key to understanding Trump. He’s right—just not in the way he thinks.