An American Interest Towards a Better Foreign Policy

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About Us

For a More Informed U.S. Foreign Policy

The National Interest Foundation (NIF) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the national interest of the United States around the world by providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world.

It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, as well as international organizations and academic institutions.


As the United States transitions to the Information Age, it needs a robust foreign policy that reflects this, emphasizing greater cooperation with countries around the world.  We are committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system around the world.

NIF anticipates emerging issues and presents practical analysis, presented in useful, accessible formats, to inform and shape public debate. Its audience includes government officials and legislators, business and labor leaders, management and staff at international organizations, university-based scholars and their students, experts at other research institutions and nongovernmental organizations, the media, and the public at large.

NIF actively seeks and encourages engagement with those who hold different points of view. We welcome civil disagreement because we believe that a free society demands competition of ideas.

Regardless of the research sponsor, our work is free of commercial, partisan, and ideological bias.  NIF operates independently of any political party and has no institutional positions.  NIF does not undertake lobbying efforts, back political candidates, or engage in direct political activities.

Headquartered in downtown Washington DC, NIF holds frequent events, roundtables, conferences and receptions in Washington and other locations to further this mission of dialogue and better-informed policy.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive to make positive change. NIF is dedicated to being a resource for government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.  One of our key objectives is to advance peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society.


NIF will offer internships, fellowships, workshops and other programs to engage with the public and to make this mission possible.

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Our Mission

At the National Interest Foundation, we are passionate about furthering the national interests of the United States through stronger understanding of foreign policy issues and diplomacy with countries around the world. Foreign Policy is crucial to the development of a nation and at NIF, we know countries can effectively and efficiently progress by maintaining positive relationships with their global neighbors.

As the world transitions to a new age of information, the U.S will need to develop a robust yet agile foreign policy – one that fits the reality of the Information Age. With rising forces of globalization, economic integration, and technological advancement, our nonpartisan organization wants to emphasize greater cooperation with our neighbors across the globe in better influencing the future of foreign policy.

To achieve this goal, NIF carries out its mission by

Engaging U.S policymakers and opinion leaders in discussion through regularly held events and conferences in Washington, D.C. and other strategic locations.

Maintaining a diverse membership and environment to allow free and ranging opinions and ideas to flourish.

Supporting and offering opportunities for the current and future generations to promote their interests and expertise through internships, fellowships, workshops, and other programs in sustaining our mission.

Providing current and knowledgeable information and analysis about world events and U.S foreign policy on its website, NIFUSA.org.