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.

Duterte and the Philippines: Interview with Purple Romero
Trump and ASEAN: Interview with Nina Hachigian
Iran Nuclear Deal: Interview with Dina Esfandiary
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Book Club

Book Club No. 17: Alexis Okeowo's A Moonless, Starless Sky - Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

Alexis Okeowo moved to Uganda in 2006 after being awarded a fellowship when she graduated from university. “It was kind of a fluke,” she says, but it ignited her interest for reporting on the continent. She’s now a staff writer at the New Yorker, and has been a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in […]

Book Club No. 16: Erin Banco's Pipe Dreams - The Squandering of Iraq's Oil Wealth

This week we spoke to investigative reporter Erin Banco about her upcoming book Pipe Dreams: The Squandering of Iraq’s Oil Wealth, which will be released on November 27th.  In Pipe Dreams, Banco revisits events over the past two decades to uncover why the enormous wealth that was supposed to come from Iraq’s and Kurdistan’s oil never got […]

Book Club Series No. 15: Suzy Hansen's Notes on a Foreign Country

Suzy Hansen moved to Istanbul in 2007 after being awarded a fellowship, and is still living in Istanbul a decade later. Hansen is a contributing writer for the New York Times and has had stories published by The Nation, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Last month, Hansen released […]

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News & Updates

Zimbabwe: A Quick Primer

On Tuesday night, Zimbabwe’s military detained the country’s president, Robert Mugabe. They then went on air on Wednesday to say that they had taken temporary control of the country. It seemed that they had brought down Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old leader – who has been in power for the past 37 years. But the military claims what […]

Uzbekistan: A Brief Primer

Sayfullo Saipov put Uzbekistan into the headlines this week, after driving a truck onto a pedestrian path in lower Manhattan. It’s a country most of us aren’t familiar with. We caught up with FPI Fellow Kate Himes, the Director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research to get a better understanding of […]

FPI's Fall 2017 fellows

Whew, 2017. You got us. We came at you strong: we edited the World Policy Journal winter issue penned entirely by women. New America announced that they had our backs and invested in our mission to interrupt the White-Men-Talk-War fest. The Women’s March gave us fuel to forge ahead. But you punched back: Trump, white supremacists, Harvey Weinstein. Yes, #UsToo. […]

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