U.S. Foreign Policy News

Analysis of President Obama’s announcement regarding the release of Alan Gross and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

Dec 31, 2014
The announcement by President Obama of the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross together with a long-imprisoned intelligence asset is welcome news. Their incarceration, along with the even greater numbers of Cubans who have been jailed in Cuba for trying to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, has long been a stumbling block in the relationship.

State Department official: Real improvement in regional security requires ‘new approach’

Dec 17, 2014
This article reviews key discussion points made by panelists during the Latin American Program’s launch event on its recent report on the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).

U.S.-Cuba to resume diplomatic relations

Dec 17, 2014
Tom Weber interviews the Latin American Program’s Associate Director, Eric Olson, in a MPR special report on resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Wilson Center cuestiona impacto iniciativa de seguridad

Dec 15, 2014
This article reviews the success and shortfalls of the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) based on findings unveiled in the Latin American Program’s recent report, “Crime and Violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle.” This article is in Spanish.

Is the US taxpayer-funded Central America Regional Security Initiative effective at stopping violence?

Dec 15, 2014
The article covers Latin American Program’s launch event for their new publication on crime and security in Central America.

Estudio Wilson Center recomienda priorizar recursos contra la violencia por zonas C.A.

Dec 13, 2014
Reporting on the “Central America’s Security Challenges" event hosted by the Latin American Program, this article reviews important points of the panel discussions. This article is in Spanish.
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The Pivot to Asia: Are the EU and the US Partners or Competitors?

Dec 12, 2014
The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the EU and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents?

US Security Initiative Faces Political Obstacles in Northern Triangle

Dec 11, 2014
InSight Crime reports on the launch of the Latin American Program’s publication “Crime and Violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle.”

Iran: Diplomacy Infinitum

Nov 26, 2014
Despite the failure to secure a deal on Monday, the diplomatic tone between Tehran and Washington has become almost civil, and occasionally even friendly, writes Robin Wright.

4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn't Happen

Nov 25, 2014
"Here are the four faulty (or yet to be realized) assumptions that drove the talented and committed U.S. negotiators to believe that a comprehensive agreement was possible," writes Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.

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