U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Achieving His Goal of Being the un-Obama, except on Middle East Wars

How ironic that, halfway through President Donald Trump’s term and as Trump himself has done many times, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted former president Barack Obama as weak and vacillating in his recent speech in Cairo.
 
Why? Because while Trump is Mars and Obama is Venus, they’re alike in one important respect: when it comes to the use of force, especially in the Middle East, both believe the United States should avoid starting new wars and try to get out of old ones. 
 

Has Venezuela Reached a Tipping Point?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss the escalating political and economic crisis in Venezuela and U.S. recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó with Benjamin Gedan, senior adviser to the Wilson Center's Latin American Program and the director of its Argentina Project.

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Taliban Peace Talks: the 'Breakthrough' and the Risk

“It’s remarkable. We shouldn’t mistake a mere framework or roadmap for an actual deal, but let’s face it: until relatively recently, no one really thought that we would be in a position where we could say that we had a blueprint for some type of peace deal,” Michael Kugelman tells France 24. 
 
Still, he says, the future is riddled with risks, both short-term and long.

As U.S.-Saudi Relationship Sours, a New Suitor Has Come Calling

In withdrawing American troops from Syria, President Trump has served notice that he is ready to abandon U.S. partners in the Middle East on a tweet's notice.

This doubtlessly sent shivers down the spine of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), who has bet on Trump’s rhetorical fulminations against Iran to assume strong American backing for his confrontation with Iran for primacy in the Arab world.

Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea and Iran: From Transformational to Transactional

The Trump administration’s strategy toward North Korea and Iran — countries the administration has designated as “rogue” states — is at an impasse.

The U.S. in Syria: Is Staying or Leaving the Greater Risk?

On December 19, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.  In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss the implications for the United States, its allies, and its enemies in the region with Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Middle East Program Director.

 

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Countdown to Second U.S.-North Korea Summit

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss the upcoming second U.S.-North Korea summit and the latest in ongoing denuclearization negotiations between the Trump administration and North Korea. Jean H.

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