U.S. Foreign Policy Program

About the U.S. Foreign Policy Program

About the Program

A new U.S. administration provides opportunities for new policy choices, while emerging powers like China and India, a resurgent Russia, and a rogue North Korea poses challenge to U.S. influence and interests. The spread of transnational problems such as climate change, infectious diseases, cybersecurity, and terrorism blurs the line between domestic and foreign policy, and it draws a wider range of government agencies into the decision-making mix.

Partisan disagreement at home frustrates efforts to formulate and sustain a coherent and effective policy, potentially hindering the U.S. ability to lead by example and raising questions about whether the United States will remain a reliable ally and partner. An American public skeptical that Washington is striking the right balance between foreign and domestic policy and concerned that it is not concentrating on the right foreign policy priorities further complicates the debate about United States’ proper role in the world.

By analyzing the forces driving and shaping foreign policy, the U.S. Foreign Policy program aims to understand how the United States makes decisions about the many challenges it faces in the world today. The program's goal is to provide insightful analysis and recommendations that help policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and the general public better understand how the United States weighs its interests and values when it makes foreign policy decisions.