Friends of FFP
the low down
FFP is a collection of critiques, analyses, and imaginings from across the globe which use feminism as a means to interrupt mainstream foreign policy ideas. We see feminism as a politics that not only advances the principle of gender equality but goes beyond to promote substantive changes in the way that marginalized voices are received in public spaces. We understand it as a beneficial principle regardless of gender identity, one which challenges a larger revisioning of the world. We seek to paint the local into a larger global picture in order to understand how the everyday actions of people - actions which might seem simply social or even private - are decidedly politically charged, and vice versa. We challenge assumptions about the unquestioned objectivity of policy - assumptions which miscalculate power structures and tend to leave an analysis of international politics lacking. We attempt to understand how the identities of both subjugated and the elite interact to reify systemic bias, and perhaps most importantly, we do not presume the authority to speak on behalf of anyone else. Ultimately, we see a feminist analysis of foreign policy not only as compelling, but as indispensable to achieve a more equal world.
What is foreign policy?
There are many different definitions and ideas of what foreign policy can be. Very broadly, we at FFP agree that foreign policy is a collection of strategies which guide a country's or government's interaction with other state and non-state actors. Relying on political influence, which manifests in a variety of ways, the end game is to persuade other political bodies to act in a manner which protects national interests.
At FFP, we recognize that there are a multitude of opinions, thoughts, and ideas about both feminism and foreign policy, and we celebrate challenging yet respectful conversations that aim to disrupt the global injustices of today. We emphasize the following core values to guide conversations:
Challenge existing power structures
Understand how identity shapes policy
Decipher systemic bias