The Foreign Policy Centre

The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) is an outward-looking, non-partisan international affairs think tank based in the UK. Our mission is to provide an open and accessible space for the ideas, knowledge and experience of experts, academics and activists from across the world, so that their voices can be heard by a global audience of citizens and decision makers in order to find solutions to today’s international challenges.

The FPC takes a global perspective, informed by the values of democracy, human rights, good governance and conflict resolution. To deliver our mission the FPC publishes independent research, holds events and engages with key decision makers and the wider public. We provide an open and accessible space for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience, so that the voices of experts and advocates can be heard and acted upon.

We produce a range of publications from standalone reports and essay collections to series of country or thematic briefings, bringing together expert contributions from academics, advocates and activists from across the world. Recent reports include: Can Britain be a ‘force for good’ in Central Asia?; ‘London Calling’: The issue of legal intimidation and SLAPPs against media emanating from the United Kingdom; Dividing Lines: Reimagining Social Division in ‘Divided Societies’; and A ‘Force for Good’?: Examining UK engagement in Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries. Our website is also home to regular articles and briefings from our international network of research fellows and other expert authors. We frequently work in partnership with universities, individual academics or experts as well other organisations and NGOs that share our thematic focuses.

Our active events programme features Westminster seminars on important issues hosted in the UK Houses of Parliament that bring together experts, politicians, advocates and journalists to discuss key foreign policy issues. We also hold conferences (such as our annual UK Anti-SLAPP Conference) and private roundtables, as well as periodically holding seminars in Brussels and at other international forums. 

The FPC is led by Director Susan Coughtrie, with Dame Audrey Glover DBE CMG as chair of the board of Trustees.


Latest reports

What’s the risk? PR & Communication agencies and kleptocracy

This report from UK think tank The Foreign Policy Centre highlights concerns about the role of UK PR agencies when representing clients from kleptocratic jurisdictions. The PR industry presents a conundrum in the fight against money laundering and kleptocracy. This report by Thomas Mayne, published with the support of the Foreign Policy Centre, highlights several...

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London calling

This briefing from UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre looks at the issue of legal intimidation and SLAPPs against media emanating from the UK. A new report published by the Foreign Policy Centre and ARTICLE 19 examines the issue of legal intimidation and SLAPPs emanating from the United Kingdom, but particularly London, against journalists...

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Global Britain for an open world?

This report from UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre and Westminster Foundation for Democracy looks at the importance of open societies to the UK’s ambitions. Open societies around the world and the international system that supports them are under growing threat. This Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) publication provides...

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Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kazakhstan

This report from UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre looks at Kazakhstan and the period of change it is going through. As we approach the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence this publication, Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kazakhstan, finds the country in a period of change. The gradual passing of...

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Ensuring the UK’s new conflict framework successfully promotes peace

This briefing from UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre looks at the Government's new strategic agenda for tackling conflict. Amid the (warranted) controversy over UK aid cuts and the withdrawal from Afghanistan, little attention has been paid to the Government’s quiet development of a new strategic agenda for tackling conflict. This is a big...

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Upcoming events

20 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: The Foreign Policy Centre

EU elections 2024: expert debrief and Q&A

This event hosted by UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre will discuss the factors underpinning the results and their likely consequences. The results of the June 2024 European Parliament elections may have far-reaching impacts upon the EU, its neighbourhood and globally, as the Parliament will shape EU policies on topics from the economy and...