U.S. Foreign Policy

Ascendance of China and Russia Marks Loss of American Leverage

After 17 years of putting counterterrorism at the top of the U.S. threat matrix, the Trump administration’s new national defense strategy refers to Russia and China as the “central challenge” facing the U.S. Geopolitics is back. But, perversely, in recent weeks we have witnessed the steady self-inflicted erosion of U.S. leverage vis-à-vis both nations. Just look at China’s immediate imposition of retaliatory tariffs or Russia’s move on Thursday to officially invite Kim Jong Un to Moscow in September. Neither state seems intimidated, nor does either have much reason to be.

The Trump-Kim Summit: Outcomes and Oversight: Abe Denmark Testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Abraham Denmark, Director of the Wilson Center's Asia Program and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific at a June 20 hearing titled "The Trump-Kim Summit: Outcomes and Oversight."

The full testimony (as prepared) is available below.

North Korea Summit: Historic Deal or Just a Historic Handshake?

With a handshake, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un made history, becoming the first sitting leaders of the Korean War foes to hold a summit. But was it just a photo op?

In this Ground Truth Briefing, Wilson Center experts considered whether the Singapore summit yielded real progress on denuclearization; the impact of these developments on U.S. diplomacy with other countries; China’s reaction; how the lives of average North Koreans could be affected; and what’s next in what President Trump calls “a new chapter” in U.S.-North Korea relations.


A Historic Handshake

There’s no denying it: This was a historic handshake. It’s the first time the leaders of North Korea and the United States — two countries that remain locked in a state of war — have held a summit. 

To see President Trump and Kim Jong Un shaking hands warmly and chatting so easily was both stunning and chilling. It’s a powerful moment that augers a change in the tense relationship between these two countries. But it also legitimizes the path Kim took to get here: Building and testing illicit nuclear weapons that have the potential to wreak unimaginable destruction.

The Month in U.S. - China Relations (May 2018) 中美关系月报

For the first time in almost three decades, a majority (53%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of China. Although favorability among the American people saw a 9-point jump since 2016, sentiment on Capitol Hill is trending negative. A growing number of U.S.

Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together

There may be no story today with a wider gap between fact and fiction than the relationship between the United States and Mexico.