U.S. Foreign Policy News

Al Nusra Front: Syria’s Top Islamist Militia

Jan 09, 2013
On January 8, the Quilliam Foundation released a new strategic briefing on the Al Nusra Front (Jabhat al Nusra), a powerful rebel group fighting the Syrian regime. The report warned that the hard-line Islamist group is linked to al Qaeda, seeks to create a new jihadist umbrella movement in Syria and ultimately create a caliphate.

Jane Harman Comments on Nominations of Chuck Hagel and John Brennan

Jan 08, 2013
In this series of interviews, Jane Harman comments on the nominations of Chuck Hagel and John Brennan.

Call for Papers: Selling America in an Age of Uncertainty: U.S. Public Diplomacy in the New International Order, 1965-1980

Jan 07, 2013
"Selling America in an Age of Uncertainty” will examine the question of how U.S. public diplomacy wrestled with the changed and charged situation of the 1970s. The conference will be held at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway on 1-2 November 2013.

Syria’s chaos isn’t America’s fault

Jan 03, 2013
The idea that Syria was anyone’s to win or lose, or that the United States could significantly shape the outcome there, is typical of the arrogant paternalism and flawed analysis that have gotten this country into heaps of trouble in the Middle East over the years, argues Aaron David Miller.

Obama's Second Term: The Foreign Policy Agenda

Jan 02, 2013
During a previous episode of CONTEXT, Washington Post Associate Editor and Columnist David Ignatius offered his thoughts on what we can expect from a second Obama term in the foreign policy arena. For a second perspective, we spoke with Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar, Aaron Miller, who served two decades as an advisor to both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State.

Arab Journalist Discusses Egypt's New President, U.S. Foreign Policy toward her Country

Dec 28, 2012
Visiting Arab Journalist Yassmine Hani discusses her impressions of Egypt's new president, Egypt's relations toward Israel in light of the Muslim Brotherhood victory, and U.S. foreign policy toward her country.

Would Chavismo Continue Without Chávez?

Dec 21, 2012
Cynthia Arnson comments on President Hugo Chavez and Vice President Nicolás Maduro.

Summer Institute on the International History of Nuclear Weapons

Dec 20, 2012
The sixth annual Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’ (SHAFR) Summer Institute, hosted by the History and Public Policy Program’s Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP).

North Korea's Dangerous Ambition

Dec 19, 2012
North Korea's first successful rocket launch is a truly dangerous development. Although the North Koreans have previously detonated two nuclear devices, until now they have not demonstrated any ability to deliver them. Weaponizing a missile is hard, but Pyongyang's close ally Iran has made great advances in miniaturizing warheads. With the combination of North Korea's nuclear bombs and Iran's technology, a nuclear-tipped missile could be capable of striking the West Coast of the United States in the near future. We can no longer afford to ignore North Korea.

Predictions for Pakistan in 2013

Dec 19, 2012
Pakistan faces more sectarian strife and economic struggle next year, predicts senior program associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman in a recent piece for CNN's GPS blog.

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