Winter 2020-21

Magazine / 50th Anniversary


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.


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.


Foreign Policy Begins at Home

The best way for Biden and Harris to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—and that begins with human rights.

Looking Back


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.


When U.S. Foreign Policy Went Wrong

How to spot a bad concept when you see it.


America Abandoned Its Economic Prophet. The World Embraced Him.

John Kenneth Galbraith was an intellectual celebrity 50 years ago—and it would be a mistake to ignore him today.

Party Policy

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

Inside Joe Biden’s Foreign-Policy Worldview

The next U.S. president doesn’t belong to a single school of thought—and that’s a good thing.

President Donald Trump departs after speaking about Opportunity Zones in Washington on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Trump's lawyers have spoken to Justice Department officials repeatedly about the special counsel's findings. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

A Conservative Foreign Policy for the Future

Continuity, not revolution, should guide the United States.

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’.



A New Pivot to Asia

The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.


How to Restore U.S. Credibility in Africa

By standing up for democracy and free trade, the United States can outflank China and Russia, its authoritarian rivals on the continent.


The Return of Containment

What the Cold War policy means for our current moment.

50 Years of Media and Foreign Policy

Janine di Giovanni in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in January 2010.

The First Draft of History

Why the decline of foreign reporting makes for worse foreign policy.


Consensus Lost

How FP set out to change the world.

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.

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