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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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Values and U.S. Policy Toward the Indo-Pacific

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sought to address the role that values and norms should play in its foreign policy generally, and in the U.S. strategy toward the Indo-Pacific specifically. This is a reflection of a long-standing debate in American foreign policy, going back to the founding of the nation itself, but the arguments made by top U.S. officials are worth considering.

The United States’ Interests in Hong Kong: A Discussion with Martin Lee

Harsh verdicts were recently handed down against leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong "umbrella movement." For some, these verdicts, and other encroachments on Hong Kong’s promised autonomy, call into question the wisdom of granting Hong Kong distinct trading status under the US Hong Kong Policy Act. Should the US government play a more active role in advocating for autonomy, the rule of law, and human rights in Hong Kong? Should it treat Hong Kong as it does any Chinese city? Or are other outlooks and options available?

Fight Cross-Border Crime with Collaboration, Not Threats

The United States and Mexico face a powerful onslaught of criminal activity damaging both countries. They need to step up cooperation now. U.S. threats are counterproductive.

Israeli Election: What’s Next?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the recent Israeli election results and the implications for that nation’s relationship with the U.S. and the broader Middle East with Aaron David Miller, Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center.

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Shifting Gears: Post-Hanoi, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Turns Diplomatic Attention to Moscow

Next up on Kim Jong Un’s diplomatic checklist: Vladimir Putin.

The North Korean leader is expected to hold his first summit with the Russian president this week as he continues his campaign of international diplomacy.

The summit itself comes as no surprise. After all, Russia has long been a traditional, if largely absentee, ally of North; a Kim-Putin meeting was long overdue.

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