U.S. Foreign Policy

Earl Anthony Wayne on U.S.-Mexico Relations with C-SPAN Washington Journal

Earl Anthony Wayne, Mexico Institute Fellow and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, talked to C-SPAN Washington Journal about the state of U.S.-Mexico Relations amid disputes over immigration and trade.

The Month in U.S. - China Relations (February 2018) 中美关系月报

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision not to appoint a clear successor at the 19th Party Congress last October led many to believe he would flout the state constitution and remain in power after his second term expires in 2023. Xi flouted away on Sunday when the Party recommended that term limits on the president and vice president be removed from constitutional text.

Competing with China in the Indo-Pacific

Rhetorically, the Trump administration has embraced great power competition with China as a central facet of its strategy to the Indo-Pacific region. Its National Security Strategy aptly described a world in which China is challenging American power, influence, and interests across the region.

Secretary Rex Tillerson's Trip to Latin America

"With a handful of notable exceptions, the tone and substance of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent swing through five Latin American and Caribbean countries made it almost hard to remember that he works for the Trump administration. Over the past year, the President’s public and private discourse, from the border wall to “shithole” countries, has poisoned U.S.-Latin American relations and caused U.S. standing in the region to plummet. So anything resembling normal and even informed diplomacy was a welcome departure..."

U.S.-Turkey Showdown in Syria?

Wilson Center Fellow Amy Austin Holmes discusses recent tensions between the U.S. and Turkey surrounding Turkey’s decision to launch a military offensive against the Syrian district of Afrin, controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). 


U.S. Trade Policy in Northeast Asia

Economic openness and globalization are seen to hurt U.S. jobs and industrial competitiveness, according to the ideas supporting the White House’s “America First” policy.

Restoring Trust in Euro-Atlantic Relations: A Conversation with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger

Today, the Euro-Atlantic security environment is marked by growing divisions and uncertainty. Geopolitical confrontation has re-emerged in Europe-and the norms and principles underpinning the security order have been challenged. At the same time, the Euro-Atlantic region faces a host of complex and interconnected transnational challenges, including violent extremism, terrorism, cybercrime and large movements of people.

Understanding Leverage through U.S.-Pakistan Relations

How are smaller, weaker countries able to successfully resist the influence of larger and more powerful nations? And why does the US so frequently fail to turn its economic and military might into an advantage in international relations? The answers to those questions have a lot to do with understanding and exercising “leverage” according to Robert Hathaway, Public Policy Fellow and Director Emeritus of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program.

In Trade, Getting to Yes is Not a Surrender

In his State of the Union address last month, President Trump declared that “the era of economic surrender is over.” That combative stance seemed an ominous beginning to outlining a protectionist U.S. trade stance. Surprisingly, though, he didn't mention any specific trade agreement by name, nor did he suggest ripping up existing ones. That’s still cold comfort at a time when anxieties about major disruptions in international trading patterns being one of the biggest risks to disrupt growth remain strong.