Terms of Use


Last Updated: June 29, 2010

Welcome to ForeignPolicyI.org (the “Site”), the website of the Foreign Policy Initiative (“FPI,” “we,” or “us”).  This Terms of Use Agreement (the “Agreement”) is a legal contract that governs your use of the Site.  By using this Site, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement.  Please read this Agreement carefully before using this service.

This Agreement applies to all uses of any part of the Site.  We may restrict, suspend, or revoke your registration or ability to access or use the Site, or any affiliated site, with or without prior notice, if you violate this Agreement.

  1. Changes to This Agreement
  2. We may change the terms of this Agreement or modify any features of this Site at any time, so we encourage you to review the Agreement periodically before using the Site.  The most current version of the Agreement can be viewed by clicking on the “Terms of Use” link at the bottom of any page in the Site.  We will assist you in identifying changes to the Agreement by listing the date on which the Agreement was most recently updated at the top of the document.

    By continuing to use this Site after we post changes to the Agreement, you agree to be bound by those changes.  If you do not agree to the changes, you must stop using the Site and notify us of your intent to terminate this Agreement by following the procedures described in section 13, below.

  3. Our Privacy Policy
  4. We have posted a Privacy Policy that describes what personal information we collect on the Site and how we use that information.  That Privacy Policy is incorporated into this Agreement by reference and, by using the Site, you indicate that you understand and agree to the practices described in the Privacy Policy.

  5. Your License to Use the Site
  6. Although you may hyperlink to the Site in a manner that provides prominent credit to FPI and otherwise is consistent with this Agreement, you may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, enter into a database, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any part of this Site or use it for commercial purposes.  However, you may download material from this Site for your own personal use by making no more than one machine-readable copy and no more than one print copy that is limited to occasional items of personal interest only.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you may not distribute any part of this Site over any network, including a local area network, nor sell or offer it for sale.  If you are interested in obtaining a license to distribute content from the Site or for commercial purposes, please contact info@foreignpolicyi.org.

    You are required to comply with all applicable laws in connection with your access to and use of the Site.  As a condition of your access and use of the Site, you agree not to use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by this Agreement.

    The Site has been specially designed for presentation of content in a unique format and appearance to our users.  Without limiting the provisions of the preceding paragraph, neither you nor any third party shall make use of the contents of the Site in any manner that constitutes an infringement of our rights, including our copyright rights or any use that has not been authorized by us.  Among other restrictions, you agree not to republish or frame our content in a setting that includes advertising or other materials that we have not authorized to be displayed with the Site.

  7. Donations
  8. If you agree to make a donation to FPI through the Site, you acknowledge that your commitment is legally binding.  You agree that any donation you make to FPI is given on an unrestricted basis and that it may be used for any purpose, as determined by FPI in its sole discretion. 

    We may use a third-party payment vendor to process donations made through the Site.  If you provide information to the payment vendor in connection with your donations, we want you to be aware that, as to your relationship with the vendor, this transaction will be governed by the vendor’s user agreement and privacy policy in addition to those of FPI.  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

    We will provide you with information concerning our qualification under the Internal Revenue Code upon request.  However, if you want to understand how your donation impacts your own tax situation, please contact your attorney or tax advisor.

  9. Notice of Copyright Infringement
  10. If you believe in good faith that your copyrighted work has been reproduced on or linked from our site without authorization in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact our designated copyright agent at the address below.  Your notification should include the following information:

    (a)  identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;

    (b)  identification of the allegedly infringing material on the Site that is requested to be removed;

    (c)  your name, address and daytime telephone number, and an e-mail address if available, so that we may contact you if necessary;

    (d)  a statement that you have a good-faith belief that the use of the copyrighted work is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

    (e)  a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the signatory is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright right that is allegedly infringed; and

    (f)   an electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or someone authorized on the owner’s behalf to assert infringement of copyright and to submit the statement.

    Our copyright agent for notice of claims of infringement on the Site is:

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

    email: eweisz@foreignpolicyi.org
    fax: 202-296-1999

    This contact information is only for suspected copyright infringement.  Contact information for other matters is provided elsewhere on the Site.  

  11. Prohibited Conduct
  12. By using the Site, you agree not to:

    (a)  delete or revise any material or other information of any other user, FPI, or any third party;

    (b)  harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent;

    (c)  take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Site’s infrastructure;

    (d)  use any device, software, or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activity conducted on the Site;

    (e)  use or attempt to use any engine, software, tool, agent or other device or mechanism (including, without limitation, browsers, spiders, robots, avatars or intelligent agents) to navigate or search the Site other than the search engine and search agents available on the Site and other than generally available third-party web browsers;

    (f)   attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse-engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of the Site;

    (g)  engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Site, or which, in our judgment, exposes us or any of our users, affiliates, or suppliers to any liability or detriment of any type; or

    (h)  take any other action that could endanger or cause damage to us, other users of the Site, or other third parties.

    You further agree not to violate or attempt to violate the security of the Site, including, without limitation:

    (a)  accessing data not intended for you or logging into a server or account that you are not authorized to access;

    (b)  attempting to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization;

    (c)  attempting to interfere with service to any user, host, or network, including, without limitation, by way of submitting a virus to, or overloading, “flooding,” “spamming,” “mailbombing,” or “crashing” the Site;

    (d)  sending unsolicited e-mail, including promotions and/or advertising of products or services, to or through the Site or with reference to us or the Site; or

    (e)  forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or posting.

    Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability.  We may investigate and work with law enforcement authorities to prosecute users who are involved in such violations.  

  13. Links
  14. We may, as a convenience to users, provide links to third-party content and other web sites on or through the Site.  We do not endorse, sponsor, or accept any responsibility for such material.  We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of any linked sites.

  15. Indemnification
  16. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless FPI, its affiliated entities, and their directors, officers, managers, employees, shareholders, agents, and licensors, from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from, arising out of, or in connection with, your use of the Site, your agreement to make a donation to FPI, or any violation or alleged violation of this Agreement (including the Privacy Policy).  We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense of any claim for which we are entitled to indemnification under this section.  In such event, you shall provide us with such cooperation as is reasonably requested by us.

  17. Disclaimer of Warranties
  18. This Site is available “as is.”  We do not warrant that this Site will be uninterrupted or error-free.  There may be delays, omissions, interruptions and inaccuracies in the news, information or other materials available through this Site.  We are not responsible for the availability or content of other services that may be linked to this Site.  We do not make any warranties, express or implied, including without limitation, those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to this Site or any information or goods that are available or advertised or sold through this Site.  We do not make any representations, nor do we endorse the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other material or database displayed, uploaded or distributed in this Site or available though links in this Site.  We reserve the right, but disclaim any obligation, to correct any errors or omissions in this Site.  Although we intend to take reasonable steps to prevent the introduction of viruses, worms, “Trojan horses” or other destructive materials to this Site, we do not guarantee or warrant that this Site or materials that may be obtained from this Site do not contain such destructive features.  We are not liable for any damages or harm attributable to such features.  If you rely on this Site and any materials available through this Site, you do so solely at your own risk.

  19. Limitation of Liability
  20. You acknowledge that your use of the Site is exclusively at your own risk, and you agree that FPI, its parent and affiliates, and their directors, officers, managers, employees, shareholders, agents and licensors will not be liable for incidental, indirect, consequential, special, punitive, or exemplary damages of any kind, including lost revenues or profits, loss of business or loss of data, in any way related to this Site or for any claim, loss or injury based on negligence (including gross negligence), errors, omissions, interruptions or other inaccuracies in this Site (including without limitation as a result of breach of any warranty or other term of this Agreement).  Any claim against us shall be limited to the amount you paid, if any, for use of this Site.

  21. Severability and Integration
  22. Unless otherwise specified herein, the Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and FPI and governs your use of this Site, superseding any prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and us.  If any portion of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion will be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intention of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

  23. No Waiver
  24. Our failure to enforce any provision(s) of the Agreement or respond to a breach by any party does not waive our right to subsequently enforce any terms or conditions of the Agreement or respond to any breaches.

  25. Termination
  26. We may terminate this Agreement and/or suspend or terminate your access to the Site for any reason at any time by providing notice to you.  If you wish to discontinue your access to the Site and terminate this Agreement, you may make such a request by email to info@foreignpolicyi.org. Sections 6 through 15 of the Agreement will survive any such termination.

  27. Choice of Law and Forum
  28. You agree that this Agreement will be governed by the laws of the United States and the District of Columbia, without regard to choice of law rules.  You agree that any claim or dispute against FPI arising out of or relating to this Site must be resolved by a court located in Washington, D.C. unless agreed upon by all parties.

  29. Miscellaneous
  30. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and FPI as a result of this Agreement or your access to and use of the Site. 

    Nothing contained in this Agreement is in derogation of our right to comply with governmental, court, and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site or information provided to or gathered by us with respect to such use.

  31. Questions
  32. Please contact info@foreignpolicyi.org if you have any questions or comments about this Agreement.

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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