U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. Trade Policy in Northeast Asia

Economic openness and globalization are seen to hurt U.S. jobs and industrial competitiveness, according to the ideas supporting the White House’s “America First” policy. The Trump administration views trade surpluses as evidence of winning in the global economy and deficits as proof of losing out. As such, the goal for bilateral trade deals should be to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with key trading partners, most notably in Northeast Asia.

Restoring Trust in Euro-Atlantic Relations: A Conversation with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger

Today, the Euro-Atlantic security environment is marked by growing divisions and uncertainty. Geopolitical confrontation has re-emerged in Europe-and the norms and principles underpinning the security order have been challenged. At the same time, the Euro-Atlantic region faces a host of complex and interconnected transnational challenges, including violent extremism, terrorism, cybercrime and large movements of people.

Understanding Leverage through U.S.-Pakistan Relations

How are smaller, weaker countries able to successfully resist the influence of larger and more powerful nations? And why does the US so frequently fail to turn its economic and military might into an advantage in international relations? The answers to those questions have a lot to do with understanding and exercising “leverage” according to Robert Hathaway, Public Policy Fellow and Director Emeritus of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program.

In Trade, Getting to Yes is Not a Surrender

In his State of the Union address last month, President Trump declared that “the era of economic surrender is over.” That combative stance seemed an ominous beginning to outlining a protectionist U.S. trade stance. Surprisingly, though, he didn't mention any specific trade agreement by name, nor did he suggest ripping up existing ones. That’s still cold comfort at a time when anxieties about major disruptions in international trading patterns being one of the biggest risks to disrupt growth remain strong.

U.S. National Security and the Korean Peninsula: Perspectives from a Defector, a Russian, and an Analyst

Join us for a discussion on U.S. national security and the Korean peninsula from the perspectives of a former senior ranking official of the Kim Jong-un regime, a professor of St Petersburg University, and a renowned author on issues related to North Korea at a conference hosted jointly with the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS).

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Trump and South Asia, One Year On: A Case of Policy Continuity With the Past

Despite several notable differences, President Donald Trump’s policy in the region—so far—has largely been strikingly similar to that of President Barack Obama’s.

When assessing President Donald Trump’s efforts abroad over his first year in office, there are copious examples of major foreign policy breaks with his predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump has taken a hard line on Iran, backed out of the Transpacific Partnership agreement, cracked down hard on immigration, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and rejected the idea of climate change.

Can the U.S. Influence Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Efforts?

Can the United States influence Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts? Wilson Asia Program Deputy Director Michael Kugelman discusses the recent suspension of U.S. security aid to Pakistan and where U.S.– Pakistan relations might be headed. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.