U.S. Foreign Policy News

What Can the West do in Syria?

Feb 14, 2012
Robin Wright discusses options for the US and the West in stemming the violence in Syria on Sky News.

Can Cooperation Overcome Mistrust In U.S.-China Relationship?

Feb 13, 2012
Strategic mistrust between the U.S. and China is escalating, overshadowing their shared interests, says Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy. Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit will not produce immediate results but provides the two countries an opportunity to gain control of their relationship.

Civilian Assistance to Pakistan: Cure or Curse?

Feb 13, 2012
Has civilian assistance to Pakistan over the past three decades assisted with development and improvements in living standards? Or has well-intended aid had a negative impact on Pakistan? The publication of the Wilson Center report Aiding Without Abetting: Making U.S. Civilian Assistance to Pakistan Work for Both Sides provided the London School of Economics with an opportunity to discuss these and related issues. This February 2, 2012, public event in London was co-hosted by the British Pakistan Foundation and LSE’s Asia Research Center.

The U.S. and China Need to Show a Little Mutual Restraint

Feb 13, 2012
In this Washington Post Op-Ed, Director J. Stapleton Roy and Dr. Ken Lieberthal discuss U.S.-China relations and the growing strategic distrust between these two nations.
Trita Parsi

Iran-U.S. Ties Fray on Nuclear Concerns

Feb 08, 2012
The threat of military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. is real, as bilateral relations touch a low point on Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, says Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council. A former Wilson Center public policy scholar, Parsi questions whether efforts to negotiate and engage with Iran have hastened conflict, making war a more real risk than under the Bush administration, which employed a more hardline approach to Iran.
Bushehr nuclear power plant

Efforts to Stop Iran from Developing a Nuclear Bomb

Feb 06, 2012
"A unilateral Israeli strike is possible but it is not probable," Public Policy Scholar Aaron David Miller tells NPR's The Diane Rehm Show. "This is still a war of discretion when it comes to Israeli calculations...the risks and consequences of an Israeli attack right now are still extremely sketchy." Miller was also joined by USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright to discuss diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and the possibility of armed conflict.
CONTEXT with Jane Harman

Jane Harman Assesses President's State of the Union

Jan 25, 2012
Wilson Center President and former member of Congress Jane Harman shares her reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
Iran nuclear plant

'Noose Tightening' Around Iranian Government as European Union Boycott Iranian Oil

Jan 25, 2012
Embargoes on Iranian oil exports are having the desired effect, but military options should still remain on the table to deter Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of The Wilson Center told FoxNews on Tuesday. “The escalating rhetoric from Iran is proof that the sanctions are biting,” Harman said, noting a recent European Union boycott of Iranian oil. “All of this means that the noose is tightening around the Iranian government.” Harman stressed sanctions are aimed at dissuading Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. “The goal of these efforts is not to hurt the Iranian people but to get the government to abandon its potential nuclear ambitions,” she said.

Obama to Brazil: send us your affluent, money-spending masses

Jan 19, 2012
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, discusses Brazil's growing growing purchasing power abroad.

Taiwan to Hold Pivotal Elections on January 14

Jan 17, 2012
A commentary on the January 14 elections in Taiwan by East Asia Program Associate Bryce Wakefield.

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