Last Updated: October 27, 2009

Welcome to (the "Site"), the website of the Foreign Policy Initiative (“FPI,” "we," or “us”).  This Privacy Policy describes how we treat the information we collect about users (“you”) through the Site. 

Information we collect

Personal Information.  In order to use many aspects of the Site, you are not required to provide information about yourself.  However, we may ask or require you to provide certain information, such as your name, e-mail address, and professional affiliation, in order to respond to your requests for information, to respond to inquiries or communications from you, or for other purposes.

Automatic Information.  We may collect some information automatically about your computer when you visit the Site.  For example, we may collect your IP address, web browser software (such as Internet Explorer), and referring web site.  We also may collect information about your activity on the Site, such as which pages you choose to view. 

Cookies.  When you visit the Site, we (or our third-party service providers) may assign your computer a “cookie” (a small, unique text file) to remember who you are and identify which pages you view when you use the Site.  We also may include other information in our cookie files; for example, if you arrived at the Site via a link from a third-party site, we may include the URL of the linking page.  You may opt out of the cookies delivered through the Site by changing the appropriate setting on your browser.  Please be aware that opting out of cookies may disable all cookies delivered to your browser, not just cookies delivered by FPI.

How we use this information

We may use the information we collect about you in certain ways in connection with our operations.  These uses include:

  • providing you with the information or services you request;
  • responding to your questions and comments;
  • providing you information about issues of interest to FPI;
  • soliciting information and feedback from you, including through surveys and questionnaires, and for other editorial purposes;
  • performing analyses or for other purposes to improve the quality of the Site and other products and services we offer; and
  • as otherwise described to you at the point of collection or pursuant to your consent.  

We may combine the information that we collect about your through the Site with other information, including personal information that we have collected about you from other sources (including from third parties).

With whom we share this information

 We may share the information we collect about you in limited circumstances, including:

  • to respond to a question or inquiry received from you or to provide you with information that you request;
  • with our authorized service providers that perform certain functions or services on our behalf (such as to host or operate the Site or our other services, manage our databases, conduct analyses of Site usage, provide you with promotional information on our behalf, or distribute information on our behalf by mail, e-mail, or fax);
  • with our affiliates and other selected third parties for issue analysis and direct marketing purposes, although you may choose upfront and at no cost that we not share your personal information with these third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes by notifying us at;
  • to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, in response to a request for cooperation from law enforcement or another government agency, to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, or to enforce our Terms of Use or protect our rights or the rights of others;
  • in connection with a transaction, such as a divestiture, merger, consolidation, or asset sale;
  • in aggregated or another non-personally identifiable form to third parties for various purposes, including to improve the quality of our services, the Site, and the products and services we offer; and
  • as otherwise described to you at the point of collection or pursuant to your consent.

How you can access your information

You can access and update the personal information you have provided on our website by contacting us at the address listed below.

How we protect your information

We have implemented security procedures to help protect the personal information that you provide to us.  However, no method of transmitting or storing electronic data is ever completely secure, and we cannot guarantee that such information will never be accessed, used, or released in a manner that is inconsistent with this policy.

Children’s privacy

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.  Should we learn that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will delete that information from our database. 

Donations and external links

We may use a third-party payment vendor to process donations made through the Site.  When you make a donation through the services provided by this vendor, you are providing information to the vendor, which does not operate under this Privacy Policy. 

Similarly, links from this Site may lead you to third-party websites.  Those websites do not operate under this Privacy Policy.

We recommend that you examine the privacy statements posted by our payment vendor or other third parties to understand their procedures for collecting, using, and disclosing personal information. 

If you would prefer not to make your donation through our vendor, you can submit your donation by mail to:

The Foreign Policy Initiative
11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 325
Washington, DC 20036

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy in the future.  We will notify you about material changes to this Privacy Policy by placing the updated Privacy Policy on the Site and/or contacting you using any contact information that you have provided us, and we will indicate the date on which the Privacy Policy was most recently updated.  Your continued use of the Site after we modify the Privacy Policy is governed by the practices described in the updated Privacy Policy.

How you can contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, you may write to us at:

The Foreign Policy Initiative
ATTN: Privacy Policy
11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 325
Washington, DC 20036

Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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