U.S. Foreign Policy

Previewing Secretary Pompeo's North Korea Trip

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the latest in ongoing negotiations between the Trump administration and North Korea on denuclearization. Jean H. Lee, Director of the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, previews Secretary of State Pompeo’s upcoming fourth visit to North Korea.

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Wilson's Legacy Reconsidered

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Wilson Center convened distinguished experts and prominent Center alumni to explore the relevance of President Woodrow Wilson’s international and domestic record for today.

To what extent is the 28th president’s vision for world order still applicable in the face of the profound shifts that the international system is undergoing at present? Are there lessons to be learned from his domestic policy accomplishments and failures?

 

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ASEAN's Role in a U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

Over the past few months, top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, have begun fleshing out a vision for Indo-Pacific region, which U.S. President Donald Trump first publicly unveiled in a speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam back in December 2017.

Special Envoys, “Silos” and Coherent International Policy

Secretary of State Pompeo recently appointed four special envoys to help him manage high priority portfolios regarding Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, and North Korea.

Can the Indo-Pacific Open Doors for Taiwan?

Beijing’s campaign to squeeze Taiwan’s international space has shown no signs of letting down, and has actually been intensifying this year. The pressure has been particularly relentless on the economic front. A slew of Latin American nations have opted to pursue diplomatic relations with the PRC rather than the ROC, ostensibly for economic gain, while multinational corporations have been confronted with Beijing’s pressure to label Taiwan as part of the PRC.

A Discussion with John Kerry

Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman recently interviewed former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on a range of foreign policy issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Paris Agreement. They also discussed the functioning of Congress and the U.S. government today and Kerry's new memoir, Every Day is Extra.

 

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‘The Key Problem of Our Time’: A Conversation with Henry Kissinger on Sino-U.S. Relations

On September 13, the Wilson Center hosted a gala event to mark the 50th anniversary of its founding and the 10th anniversary of its Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. Henry Kissinger, U.S. secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, was presented with the inaugural Spirit of Wilson Award and participated in a conversation with Ambassador J. Stapleton “Stape” Roy, founding director emeritus and a distinguished scholar at the Kissinger Institute.

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Trump Is Reinventing the U.S. Approach to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Recent months have seen a series of dramatic steps by the Trump administration with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, defunding the agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, cutting West Bank aid, shutting down the PLO mission in Washington, and persistently promising to present its own peace plan. The flurry of activity comes even as the prospects of an actual deal seem increasingly remote. The Palestinian leadership has made clear it won’t so much as glance at any U.S.

Building Partnership with Mexico - A Presentation by E. Anthony Wayne, 2018 US-Mexico Border Mayors Summit

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