U.S. Foreign Policy

A Conversation with Congressman Michael McCaul

In this wide-ranging conversation between Wilson Center President Jane Harman and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Congressman discussed U.S. policy in global hot spots, including Venezuela; the implications of China's Belt and Road Initiative; the relationship between the United States and Russia; ongoing conflicts in the Middle East; and the future of negotiations with North Korea.

'A Stab in the Back' or 'A Pat on the Back?'

Experts and pundits in the United States and South Korea have been very busy analyzing the mystery of “Why No Deal in Hanoi.” Just as politics in America and South Korea are different, conclusions for why the summit broke down inside the two allies seem to be dissimilar as well.

The Contours of Global Security: Border Lines, Critical Regions

As debate rages in Washington over President Trump’s characterization of the situation at the southern U.S. border as a national security emergency, the risks and stakes in several hot-spot regions around the world are far less open to question.

Leading Wilson Center experts surveyed the state of affairs at North America’s borders and in areas experiencing acute security crises, from Venezuela to North Korea to Syria.
 

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U.S.-Venezuela Relations and the Path to a Democratic Transition: Cynthia Arnson Testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Cynthia Arnson, director of the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, testified on U.S.-Venezuela relations before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues. The session was chaired by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and included other panelists: USAID Administrator Mark Green, Special Representative for Venezuela The Honorable Elliott Abrams, and Vice President for the Council of the Americas Eric Farnsworth.

Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with David Ottaway, who provides an update on U.S.-Saudi relations five months after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.  Has the relationship further deteriorated and how are Mohammed bin Salman’s internal political and economic reforms proceeding within the kingdom?

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'Steak and Kimchi': Jean Lee on the Start of Trump-Kim 2

What’s unfolding in Hanoi is as dumbfounding as it was in Singapore: the president of the United States sitting down for steak and kimchi with the leader of an enemy state and calling him “my friend.”

There are two ways to look at this: as grand theater designed to give these two leaders the drama and legitimacy they crave, or a historic moment with the potential to transform the long-fractured U.S.-North Korean relationship.

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