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.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Interview with Dina Esfandiary
Catalonia Referendum on Independence: Interview with Liz Castro
Kurdish Referendum for Independence: Interview with Amberin Zaman
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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

Interruptors on Iran

Nina Ansary: Historian, activist, author of Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran Holly Dagres: Iranian-American commentator on Iran and Middle East Affairs, Assistant editor of The Cairo Review* Kelsey Davenport: Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association* Suzanne DiMaggio: Senior fellow at New America, Director of the Iran Initiative* Dina Esfandiary: MacArthur Fellow at the Centre […]

Interruptors on Catalonia

Sonia Andolz: Political scientist focused on conflicts, security and defense, nationalism and ethnicities Laia Balcells: Associate professor of government at Georgetown University Gemma Calvet Barot: Lawyer and political analyst Laura Borras: Director of the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes Meritxell Borràs: Minister of Governance, Public Administration and Housing for the Generalitat of Catalonia Mireia Boya […]

Interruptors on Iraq/Kurdistan

Jane Arraf: NPR international correspondent covering Iraq Lawen Azad: former host and producer of ‘Inside Kurdistan Extra’ Erin Banco: investigative reporter, currently writing book on Iraq Meghan Bodette: director of outreach at Kurdistan Aid Rukmini Callimach: Correspondent for The New York Times covering ISIS Vian Dakhil: a Yazidi member of the Council of Representatives of […]

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