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U.S. Foreign Policy

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

The ongoing nuclear impasses with both North Korea and Iran reflect a persisting tension in U.S. policy—whether the objective toward “rogue” states should be to change their regimes’ behavior or to change the regimes themselves. Should nuclear diplomacy be transactional, focused narrowly on the discrete nuclear challenge, or transformational, comprehensively addressing these regimes’ objectionable behavior? Rhetorically, with both North Korea and Iran, the Trump administration aspires for the transformational.

In Asia, Don’t Count the American People Out

Since the election of Donald Trump as President, foreign and American observers alike have sought to understand if his presidency would represent a new era of American disengagement and isolationism.

The Wilson China Fellowship

Understanding China’s Impact on Asia and the U.S.

The Fellowship

Engage Or Retreat? American Views On U.S. Foreign Policy

Washington is torn between two futures for US foreign policy: one of engagement and intervention, another of retrenchment and retreat. The 2020 presidential election will provide an opportunity for the American public to critically assess the Trump administration’s America First foreign policy.

More Than Neighbors: U.S.-Mexico Trade