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U.S. Foreign Policy and the Future of the Liberal International Order

Is the liberal international order that emerged in the aftermath of WW II officially over in the age of President Trump’s “America First” policies? In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Wilson Center Global Fellow Bruce Jentleson about strains on that system that existed even before the 2016 election and what an optimal international order for the 21st Century might look like. 
 
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Paying the Cost for U.S. Withdrawal from TPP

With bows exchanged to Japan’s newly enthroned emperor and a huge trophy awarded to the season’s sumo champion, President Trump’s latest visit to Tokyo was at first blush a protocol triumph. The fact that the president was willing to commit four days simply to travel to Japan when he will be going there again in a month’s time for the G20 meeting also sent a powerful signal to across the Asia-Pacific region that U.S-Japan relations remain strong and critical for both countries.

AfPak File: What Do U.S.-Iran Tensions Mean For Pakistan?

With U.S.-Iran relations in serious crisis, Pakistan finds itself in a uniquely vulnerable position. It has significant relationships with Tehran’s U.S. and Saudi rivals. It has a large Shia population that may exceed 30 million. And it shares a border with Iran.

What does the U.S.-Iran confrontation mean for Islamabad, and how does it affect Pakistan’s stated position of neutrality in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry?

Modi’s Victory is a Good Thing for Washington—with Caveats

On May 23, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a resounding victory in national elections. While many analysts and observers had expected a repeat victory—given the struggles of the Congress Party to cobble together a formidable opposition coalition and given the sheer popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi—few had expected the BJP to win by such a large margin. The BJP will now come to power, just as it did after a similar landslide win in 2014, with a large mandate to pursue a number of key objectives.

Muslim Brotherhood: Friend or Foe?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the Trump administration’s effort to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and pursue possible sanctions against the Islamist political movement.  Wilson Center Fellow Amy Austin Holmes explains how this decision might not meet the legal criteria for this terrorist designation and could open up a new conflict between the US government and Muslims throughout the region.

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