Is a left-wing foreign policy possible? Fellow Travelers is an ongoing project to prove the answer is yes.
We are a collection of foreign policy and international relations-oriented writers and scholars, working to provide a platform for left foreign policy ideas over at the Fellow Travelers blog.
While we have been a labor of love for some time, we are reaching out to ask for your support in carrying out a special project near and dear to us - publishing a collection of lefty policy briefs that we have solicited, edited, and published over the course of the past year.
Entitled "Foreign Policy is Possible," the resulting briefing booklet (to be launched on June 17 of this year) includes 9 clear proposals in straightforward language on climate policy, nuclear weapons, global trade, and more. These briefs all aim at reducing the harm that results from "business as usual" US foreign policy and expanding democratic participation and buy-in for US foreign policymaking writ large.
We've been fortunate to benefit from authors, editors, designers and reviewers donating their time and energy to this project, but we'd really appreciate your support in printing physical copies of the booklet. Printed copies will help us get these ideas in front of more eyeballs among activists, analysts, and Congressional staff.
Accordingly, your contribution goes towards:
a) Publication of the booklet as a physical document. We’ve been quoted printing costs (environmentally friend, U.S. printer) of around $1300 for 100 copies - enough to distribute among Congressional offices and peer organizations in left-wing foreign policy spaces
b) Provide a modest honorarium to our authors and designer (specifics tbd, based on funds raised, but at least ensuring they can each get a physical copy of the booklet)
c) Secure seed funding towards setting up a system to pay modest compensation for contributions to the Fellow Travelers blog (with whatever funds remain)
- Donate $25 and we will thank you by name (if desired) once the page goes live (or update thereafter)
- Donate $50 and we will mail you a physical copy of the booklet once printed (again, if desired)
The pdf of the briefing book will go live on our website either way - follow the site for updates on our publications as well as an invitation to a launch event (June 17th).
We hope you find the ideas within both useful thoughts on what should change in US foreign policy as well as a pragmatic agenda for what can change in US foreign policy through pressure from activists, academics, commentators and Congressional reps.
The rest of the FTB crew