U.S. Foreign Policy

Does the Indo-Pacific Matter for Washington?

There is an old saying in Washington: “show me your budget and I’ll show you your strategy.” It means that resources–not rhetoric–are the key determinant of a country’s national security strategy, especially when they don’t match up. I recently participated in a private discussion of American thought leaders about how the United States could strengthen its approach to the South China Sea–an area of tremendous geopolitical significance in the broader U.S. competition with China.

Infographic | What Did AMLO Propose to Trump?

Pakistan Selects a New Leader

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss Pakistan’s recent election with Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program. He provides analysis on how the country’s next prime minister, Imran Khan, could shape relations with the United States and India.

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Optics, Then Disappointment: Trump Can’t Deliver Much to Putin

The chummy joint news conference of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki seemed to suggest that the Russian president had scored a major victory over his U.S. counterpart in their one-on-one meeting on July 17. Indeed, the optics could go a long way toward fulfilling Putin’s purposes: he badly wants the Kremlin to be seen as the White House’s equal on the world stage.

Assessing the Helsinki Summit

William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, explains the core issues that could be addressed through improved US-Russia relations. He also identifies key takeaways from the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit in this edition of Wilson Center NOW

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Aspen Security Forum: Southern Discomfort

Thanks to the autocratic Maduro regime, Venezuela is in political and economic free fall, with thousands of its citizens fleeing to other countries in the region and threatening to destabilize them. Autocracy is ascendant in Honduras as well. The once regional powerhouse, Brazil, has been consumed by a crippling corruption crisis for years. And, Mexico continues to be plagued by political and economic corruption and drug-fueled violence. Meanwhile, U.S. immigration policies are alienating our long-time friends and partners, and China is making inroads where we have long dominated.

Aspen Security Forum: America First

From pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate accord, to questioning the value of NATO and imposing tariffs on European allies, to renegotiating NAFTA, to tearing up the Iranian nuclear agreement, to promising to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Syria in the not too distant future, President Trump is upending 70 years of foreign policy orthodoxy in pursuit of his “America First” agenda. Meanwhile, a rising China and a revanchist Russia are working feverishly to fill the void.

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