U.S. Foreign Policy

Israel in a Turbulent Region: A Conversation with Ephraim Sneh

Israel sits at the center of a region in the throes of several major challenges, including the situations in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon as well as the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The Wilson Center hosted a conversation with Ephraim Sneh, a long-time Israeli official and analyst of Israel’s foreign policy and the region at large. He addressed these challenges as well as the state of U.S.-Israeli relations.

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Aaron David Miller

ASEAN and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

Pending any last-minute changes, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence is set to attend the next round of Asian summitry in Singapore in November on behalf of U.S. President Donald Trump. While the agenda for Pence’s trip will no doubt be wide-ranging, his visit to the region will spotlight the Trump administration’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy and the role of Southeast Asia and ASEAN as a regional grouping within it.

Is Deterrence Enough? Deterrence Policies in Mexico, and Finding a Way Forward in the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Relationship on Migration

Deterrence strategies, such as deportation and detention, are a component of the United States and Mexico’s bilateral strategy to manage migratory flows from Central America. While deterrence strategies have had some success in the United States in deterring migrants from Mexico, there is little evidence to show that they have effectively reduced the rates of migration from the Northern Triangle.

The U.S.-Colombian Bilateral Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities for the Duque Administration

Since 1999, the U.S.-Colombian relationship has privileged multiple objectives, from the fight against drug trafficking, to the extension of the state’s legitimate presence throughout the national territory, the consolidation of peace, and the provision of security training and expertise to third countries.  President Iván Duque was one of a handful of heads of state to meet with President Donald Trump on the margins of the UN General Assembly, and the Duque administration has reached out to senior U.S.

In Search of a Grand Strategy for the Middle East

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the continued search, spanning multiple administrations, for a coherent and comprehensive U.S. strategy for the Middle East. Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Middle East Program Director, warns that the headlines as well as the trendlines for the region continue to move from bad to worse.


A Dangerous Void

The United States is exiting “of their own accord”, leaving allies and friends, especially Europe, to stand alone.

The international image of the United States and its government has been eroded in the last two years. In Russia, Germany, France, Canada, and Mexico, two-thirds of the population disapprove of the United States. Only the people of Israel, the Philippines, and South Korea hold a majority positive opinion of the country. These statistics come from the 2018 Global Attitudes and Trends Survey released this week by the Pew Research Center.