MY MOTTO...FOR YOUNG AND MEDIUM-AGED WOMEN IS THAT WE HAVE TO LEARN TO INTERRUPT BECAUSE YOU DON'T GET CALLED ON JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE THINK YOU SHOULD BE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME THOUGHTS AND INTERRUPT. MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

Who We Are

Two foreign policy fiends dedicated to getting more female experts miked and bylined. Holler at us: info@fpinterrupted.com

Elmira Bayrasli

Visiting Fellow, New America
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Lauren Bohn

Middle East Correspondent, The GroundTruth Project

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Why We Exist

FPI combats the industry’s gender disparity through a visibility platform and a cohesive fellowship program, including media training and meaningful mentoring at partnering media institutions. We’re helping women break both internal and external barriers.

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Interruptor Series

Because FPI is all about amplifying female foreign policy voices, we’ve rolled out a regular brain-picking Q&A feature with awesome interruptors.

Interruptor Series, No. 41: Victoria Samson
Interruptor Series, No. 40: Denise Garcia
Interruptor Series, No. 39: Taylor Barnes & Catherine Osborn
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Book Club

FPI's Books of 2016

FPI is gearing up for lots of interrupting in 2017. To kickstart the exciting year ahead, let’s change the ratio on your [electronic] bookshelf. Below is a compilation of some biblio-brainfood served up by women this year. As always, holler with recommendations!   Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh  “It is a blunt […]

Book Club Series, No. 12: Kim Barker's The Taliban Shuffle

It’s not every day that one of our favorite foreign policy interruptors is played in a film by Tina Fey. But Kim Barker is just that cool. Kim was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Her book, a dark comedic take on those […]

Book Club Series No. 11: Somini Sengupta's The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young

Somini Sengupta, a George Polk Award–winning journalist, covers the United Nations for The New York Times, for which she was previously the bureau chief in Dakar and New Delhi. She was born in Calcutta but left, with her family, in 1975 for Canada. Eventually Somini and her family settled in California. Today she lives in […]

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News & Updates

Our Winter 2017 fellows

November 8 was a punch in our guts. For three years, FPI had been pushing to enrich the foreign policy discussion with more diverse voices. We created FPI in response to the multitude of challenges facing us – climate change, extremism, authoritarianism, poverty, pandemics. We need all hands on deck. Quite simply, panels and op-ed […]

Power Interrupted

  Oh, the words that are racing through our minds this week. Disappointed. Disheartened. And, simply, dissed. Three years ago, we started FPI with enthusiasm and, more importantly, conviction. We not only saw the challenges that women everywhere face – of being heard, of being respected, of being recognized, but we faced them ourselves. Women […]

Interruptors on Colombia

As voters in Colombia reject a landmark peace deal with FARC rebels in a shock referendum result, it’s time to interrupt the male-dominated analysis. We’ve compiled a working list of female interruptors who should be on your radar for a wider, fuller conversation on the peace deal and all that will follow. As always, holler with recommendations. Megan […]

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