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Allies Puzzled, A Few Panic, Over Trump

"Foreign governments are used to the game of chess that happens in Washington every four years. Though many diplomats and heads of state have political preferences, they're usually content to celebrate whomever moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That's because the world of foreign affairs along Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. runs on century-long alliances, treaties, and predictability.

It's a formula that Donald Trump is threatening to disrupt.

Infographic | Mexican Public Opinion on U.S. Elections

U.S. – Latin America Relations: Perspectives From the Diplomatic Corps

Prior to President Obama’s historic trip to Latin America, key members of the US diplomatic corps met at the Wilson Center to share perspectives on regional relations with special focus on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. 

U.S. presidential primaries: Who’s speaking in favour of trade?

On March 7, former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and CEO of the Business Council of Canada John Manley visited the Wilson Center's Canada Institute to weigh in on the state of Canada- U.S. relations. From this discussion, Mr. Manley wrote an opinion piece where he provides analysis on why there are so few voices countering the anti-trade rhetoric from several U.S. presidential campaigns.

U.S. Strategy Toward the Islamic State

In the wake of the mass-casualty terrorist attack by ISIS in Paris on November 13, President Barack Obama has rebuffed calls for a fundamental shift in U.S. strategy toward the Islamic State. At a press conference in Turkey after the G20 meeting of the world’s major economies, Obama explicitly ruled out putting U.S. boots on the ground to destroy ISIS. “We have the right strategy,” he declared, “and we’re going to see it through.”

Two Days in June: JFK and the 48 Hours That Made History

In his book, Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History, author Andrew Cohen makes a case for the power of words and ideas. He provides an intimate portrait of two days and two remarkable speeches that set the stage for historic policy breakthroughs. He also comments on the election of Justin Trudeau, who some are comparing to JFK. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



The Next Crisis You're Not Watching: Don't Ignore the South Caucasus

Paris and Syria share the headlines today, but worrying developments in the South Caucasus raise alarm bells about weak governance and the risk of war. The countries of the region—Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia—have chosen diverging domestic and foreign policy paths, but all face intense pressures from Russia to expand its influence. The West should act now to diminish the likelihood of a new war and press for greater political pluralism.

Ambassador Ryan Crocker New Distinguished Fellow at Wilson Center

WASHINGTON —The Wilson Center is pleased to announce that Ambassador Ryan Crocker has joined the Center as a non-resident Distinguished Fellow from November 2015 to November 2016. Ambassador Crocker’s work will focus on U.S. policy in the Middle East and include public and private presentations.

“I’ve seen Ryan Crocker up close and personal in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. “Every time he was asked to serve he did – despite the risks. We are thrilled he will share his incredible wisdom and insight with us over the next year.”