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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.


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.

The Islamic State After the Fall of the Caliphate

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Middle East Program Fellow Amy Austin Holmes who was conducting research in Northeast Syria on the day coalition forces declared the territorial defeat of the Islamic State. Amy discusses her work conducting surveys with Kurdish, Arab, and Syriac Christian members of the Syrian Democratic Forces as well as the political and economic outlook for this war-torn region of Syria.

Event Summary: The Aftermath of President Bolsonaro’s Visit to Washington and Prospects for Economic Reform

President Jair Bolsonaro wrapped up his first official visit to Washington as president yesterday, as his government looks to fulfill its promise of strengthening relations with the United States. Yet one of the most promising areas of bilateral dialogue—economic and commercial relations, including greater U.S. investment in Brazil—will depend heavily on the new government’s capacity to deliver much-needed reforms at home, particularly the approval of meaningful pension reform in the Brazilian National Congress.

A Conversation with Congressman Michael McCaul

In this wide-ranging conversation between Wilson Center President Jane Harman and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Congressman discussed U.S. policy in global hot spots, including Venezuela; the implications of China's Belt and Road Initiative; the relationship between the United States and Russia; ongoing conflicts in the Middle East; and the future of negotiations with North Korea.