U.S. Foreign Policy

Congressional Night Cap Session: The U.S. Congress and its Role in International Security Policy

Wilson Center Director and Member of the Munich Security Conference Advisory Council Jane Harman moderated a session with Elissa Slotkin, U.S. Representative, Member of the House Committee on Armed Services, Sheila Jackson Lee, U.S. Representative, Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Michael Turner, U.S. Representative, Member of the House Committee on Armed Services, and Chris Coons, U.S. Senator, Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Does the U.S.-Iran Relationship Have a Future?

Forty years on, relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran remain a very fraught affair. The past tells a story characterized far more by confrontation and competition than cooperation, but that is certainly not the whole story. What of prospects for the future?

Three veteran analysts and policy practitioners discussed the evolution of the relationship and where it’s headed.

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Robin Wright

Event Recap: Geopolitical Implications of Diplomatic Failure with North Korea

The first U.S.-North Korea summit under the Trump administration left some concerned about the possible withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. Though North Korea promised to denuclearize, progress was minimal.  The outcome of the second summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will pose deep implications for the already influenced geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula and the greater region. 

Did the U.S. and North Korea Come Close to Nuclear War?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Van Jackson, Wilson Center Global Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. He discusses his new book “On the Brink: Trump, Kim and the Threat of Nuclear War,” which analyzes the Trump administration’s response to North Korea's increasing rhetoric and nuclear threat in 2017 and the remarkable about-face leading to the June 2018 summit in Singapore.


The Future of the Indo-Pacific: Views from the Senate

With President Trump preparing for his second summit with Kim Jong Un and tensions between China and the United States continuing to intensify, the Indo-Pacific is again at the forefront of American foreign policy debates. The Wilson Center hosted a discussion with Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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Wilson Center Experts React to President Trump's State of the Union Address

On Afghanistan

Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia, Asia Program:

Jane Harman on Searching for Common Ground in the State of the Union

Wilson Center President Jane Harman and Sen. Angus King (I-ME) discuss the president's State of the Union speech and where Trump may find common ground on MSNBC's Morning Joe.