U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S., Russia Can Look North to the Arctic to Find Common Ground

When Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met face-to-face on Monday, Russia’s election interference, its annexation of Crimea and the implications of Cold War-style espionage in the United Kingdom provided most of the backdrop.

It’s likely that few, if any, of either president’s advisors, let alone commentators, are looking to the Arctic — yes, the Arctic — as a starting point for common ground and improving relations going forward. 

Next Steps with Pyongyang

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s latest trip to Pyongyang was a collision between the exaggerated claims made by President Trump following his summit meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong-un and the realities of diplomacy with North Korea.

Election Gives Trump a Chance to Hit the Reset Button with Mexico

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to visit Mexico Thursday to follow up the positive initial phone call between Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), and President Trump

Forget Defining Denuclearization: South Koreans are Pushing ahead with Reconciliation

In the month since the Singapore summit where U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history with a handshake, much of the focus in Washington  remains fixed on the question, and definition, of the leaders’ pledge to carry out “the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” Trump’s team is calling for the unilateral denuclearization of North Korea, while Kim’s negotiators insist that both sides must destroy their nuclear capabilities, not just North Korea.

The Month in U.S. - China Relations (June 2018) 中美关系月报

June kicked off with the annual Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), a security forum in Singapore where the South China Sea, North Korea, and terrorism dominated discussions. Although U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis promised a more active U.S. presence in the Indo-Pacific, after the SLD questions remained over U.S. Asia policy and America’s commitment to the region. Coverage of this year’s SLD was overshadowed by the highly-anticipated Trump-Kim summit (Last year’s meeting was upstaged by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement).

Ascendance of China and Russia Marks Loss of American Leverage

After 17 years of putting counterterrorism at the top of the U.S. threat matrix, the Trump administration’s new national defense strategy refers to Russia and China as the “central challenge” facing the U.S. Geopolitics is back. But, perversely, in recent weeks we have witnessed the steady self-inflicted erosion of U.S. leverage vis-à-vis both nations. Just look at China’s immediate imposition of retaliatory tariffs or Russia’s move on Thursday to officially invite Kim Jong Un to Moscow in September. Neither state seems intimidated, nor does either have much reason to be.

The Trump-Kim Summit: Outcomes and Oversight: Abe Denmark Testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Abraham Denmark, Director of the Wilson Center's Asia Program and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific at a June 20 hearing titled "The Trump-Kim Summit: Outcomes and Oversight."

The full testimony (as prepared) is available below.