U.S. Foreign Policy

Decision Point: Iran, the Nuclear Deal, and Regional Stability

President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement will have far reaching implications for U.S. policy; the trans-Atlantic alliance; non-proliferation efforts; and even on regional stability -- particularly in the Israeli-Lebanese-Iranian-Syrian arena. Indeed, those implications may go far in defining the U.S. posture in the region for years to come.

Four veteran analysts and policy advisers on the Middle East assessed the implications of the president’s decision, including on U.S. foreign policy in the region at large.

'Confronting the Iranian Challenge': Jane Harman Testifies Before House Foreign Affairs Committee

Ahead of President Trump’s looming deadline for certification of the Iran nuclear deal, Jane Harman testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the strategy and the stakes. 


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

Last April, following his meeting with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump told a group of journalists that, “I like him and I believe he likes me a lot.” During the same summit, President Trump authorized an air strike on Syria.

Southeast Asia’s Balancing Act

It has been said so often that it has become a trope. Broadly speaking, the nations of Southeast Asia do not want to be forced to choose between China and the United States. The logic of this is straightforward–good relations with each great power offers unique benefits, and those in Southeast Asia would prefer to enjoy those benefits without risk or cost. Yet a closer analysis of dynamics in Southeast Asia, especially in the past 12 months, suggests a far more complex–and for the United States, troubling–dynamic is at play.