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Introduction:

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group that was founded
in early 2009 by several high-profile neoconservative figures. The group is similar in its aims and
operations to an earlier neoconservative-advocacy initiative, Project for the New American Century
(PNAC), which played a singular role in advocating the U.S. invasion of Iraq after the 9/11
terrorist attacks. As a successor to PNAC, FPI is devoted to promoting an interventionist U.S.
foreign policy in the post George W. Bush period.

FPI Goals:

- Continued "U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military engagement in the world" and rejection of
policies that would lead the United States down the path to isolationism

- Robust support for America's democratic Allies and opposition to rogue regimes that
threaten American interests

- The human rights of those oppressed by their governments, and U.S. leadership in working to
spread political and economic freedom

- A strong military with the defense budget needed to ensure that America is ready to confront the
threats of the 21st century; "international economic engagement as a key element of U.S. foreign policy
in this time of great economic dislocation"

Activities:

As of July 2009, FPI's board of directors included three individuals closely associated with the Bush
Administration: Robert Kagen and William Kristol, who during the Bill Clinton presidency cofounded
PNAC, and Dan Senor, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who served as a Pentagon
adviser to Central Command.

Kagan and Kristol are trying to reconstruct the neoconservative/liberal coalition
that pressed the Clinton Administration to intervene in the Balkans during the 1990s. Earlier in 2009, FPI
played a vocal role in supporting President Obama's approach to confronting Taliban and Al-Qaida cells
in Afghanistan, an increase of 17,000 troops along with 4,000 more trainers and advisors to protect the
Afghan people, that is, to effectively carry out a population-
centric counterinsurgency strategy.

The Foreign Policy Initiative website

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