U.S. Foreign Policy
The Wilson Center and U.S. Foreign Policy
Aug 26, 2014
Will an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria be an effective way in defeating IS ? Aaron David Miller writes about the downsides of striking IS in Syria, and why the president is increasingly likely to do so. more
Aug 26, 2014
"It's hard to see how the United States can pursue much longer an Iraq-only response to the increasingly regional threat of ISIL. That's exactly why Congressional action is essential: not to endorse mission creep, but to limit it," writes Jane Harman. more
Aug 25, 2014
“As the U.S. nears 100 airstrikes, it’s still unclear how far Washington is prepared to go to deal with those threats or what its long-term strategy may be… there’s certainly very little guidance in those CENTCOM emails about how much difference these U.S. airstrikes are making,” writes Robin Wright. more
Will an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria be an effective way in defeating IS ? Aaron David Miller writes about the downsides of striking IS in Syria, and why the president is increasingly likely to do so.
"It's hard to see how the United States can pursue much longer an Iraq-only response to the increasingly regional threat of ISIL. That's exactly why Congressional action is essential: not to endorse mission creep, but to limit it," writes Jane Harman.
“As the U.S. nears 100 airstrikes, it’s still unclear how far Washington is prepared to go to deal with those threats or what its long-term strategy may be… there’s certainly very little guidance in those CENTCOM emails about how much difference these U.S. airstrikes are making,” writes Robin Wright.
From August 4-6, 2014, the first ever US-Africa Summit took place in Washington, DC. The Africa Program and its colleagues provided daily coverage of the event and a variety of perspectives on what this means for US-Africa relations going forward.
August 13, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
The situation in Iraq is as complicated as it is grim. ISIS continues to surge as the US tries to contain its gains through military strikes and direct military assistance to the Kurds. Meanwhile Baghdad boils as a new Prime Minister-designate faces off against an old one who refuses to give way. What are the prospects for checking ISIS and for political reconciliation in Iraq?
August 11, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
The breakdown in the 72-hour Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and the resumption of the conflict between Israel and Hamas threatens to take the Gaza crisis to a new level. What are the prospects for escalation and/or for negotiations to de-escalate the situation? Can the requirements of the parties somehow be reconciled? What is the role of the Palestinian Authority and Egypt going forward? And what is the American role?
July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
What do a White House senior adviser, a member of Congress, scientists, military planners, and business people have in common? At a June 4 symposium with 36 leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia, they all agreed that climate change is having an impact on national security that will only increase with time. This briefing will focus on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlight the next steps for action.
The recently concluded US-Africa Leaders Summit, which was held from August 4-6, 2014, was an opportunity to discuss key issues and define a way forward for US-Africa relations. Read Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa's take on what needs to happen next.
U.S. private and public debt to foreigners, including foreign governments, is enormous and still growing. The debt is damaging the US economy and the country’s stature as a world leader. Reducing this debt will require public action to restrain the fiscal deficit and bolster private savings and trade. Ultimately, adopting a national growth and innovation strategy would highlight key economic sectors for balancing international flows of goods, services, and capital.
The report examines the public health, social development and citizen security impacts of retail drug markets in major urban areas in the Americas and how traditional law enforcement approaches have altered and, at times, exacerbated the security situation.
Do friends spy on friends? It’s a simple question requiring a complex answer. The question represents one of the most contentious aspects of the new global security environment. And while keeping an eye on allies as well as enemies is nothing new, agreement on where to draw lines on such activity remains elusive.
In August 2014, President Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program, and Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, discuss why the summit is important, what issues will be addressed, and the anticipated outcomes for broader U.S.-Africa engagement.
As Secretary of State John Kerry implores an end to the current crisis in the Middle East, violence continues in the region. Jane Harman joins NOW With Alex Wagner to discuss on MSNBC.
Vice President, Convergence
Historian, analyst, negotiator, and former advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations, 1978-2003.
Aaron David Miller is currently the Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a Public Policy Scholar when he wrote his fourth book The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for...
Historian, Office of the Historian, US Department of State
Aaron Marrs earned his PhD at the University of South Carolina and for the past five years has been on the staff of the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State. He is the author of Railroads in the Old South: Pursuing Progress in a Slave Society, published by Johns Hopkins University...