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Going Beyond Sanctions to Denuclearize North Korea


While denuclearization should remain the goal of U.S. policy, freezing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs should be a priority. However, sanctions alone will not be enough to get North Korea to freeze these activities.

Policy Recommendations:

Recognizing the limits of sanctions on North Korea:

U.S. Policy in South Asia: Imperatives and Challenges


Sustained bilateral and multilateral U.S. engagement in South Asia is of the essence. Three major factors amplify the importance of placing South Asia on the crowded front burner of U.S. foreign policy priorities: Threats to stability emanating from the region, the overall strategic significance of South Asia, and several notable geopolitical shifts. These shifts are the U.S. combat withdrawal from Afghanistan, an accelerating American rebalance to Asia, and resilient and expanding global terrorist networks.

Vladimir Putin, Aleppo and the Diplomatic Shambles in Syria

The U.S. withdrawal from the Syria talks exposed the diplomatic process for what it has been since February: a Potemkin Village construct that has played far more to Moscow’s advantage than to Washington’s.

Vilification of Saudi Arabia Serves No Good Purpose

The vilification of Saudi Arabia has become a fashionable but highly risky game in Washington today.  Congress has passed overwhelmingly a bill that would lift Saudi Arabia’s sovereign immunity to allow 9/11 families to sue its government for its alleged support of the worst terrorist attack ever inside the United States.

Public Opinion and America's Next Global Priorities

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are set to have a historic clash on foreign policy. But what are the views of the American people – Democrats, Republican, and Independents – and how do these reflect or inform party platforms?

The 2016 Chicago Council Survey of American public opinion on US foreign policy will reveal the partisan divisions, as well as surprising convergences, on topics such as trade, immigration, terrorism, and climate change.

On the Docket: A Look at the 2016-2017 Supreme Court Term

The panel discussion will feature prominent Supreme Court practitioners and scholars providing their expert insights on the upcoming term. The program is free and open to the public.  Register today to ensure yourself a seat for this intriguing and far-ranging discussion.

Conducted by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education, the American University Washington College of Law, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


The Consequences

A Polish tale tells of a town that built a bridge but did not finish it.  Vehicles used it and, on reaching the end, fell off into the abyss. The town leaders got together to decide what to do and their response was to construct a hospital under the bridge to care for those injured as a result of their fall. Mexico's government seems to be like that: great initiatives that are not concluded, desperate actions that are not thought through and, later, consequences that are to be dealt with.

Press Briefing: Donald Trump to Meet With President Enrique Peña Nieto Today

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today in Mexico City.

The Mexico Institute held a press briefing with Wilson Center experts to discuss the visit.

Clinton v. Trump: The View From China

Any American presidential election will be of interest to allies and adversaries alike, but Clinton v. Trump is shaping up to be one of the most hotly debated of all time. Foreign leaders and commentators have had lots to say about the 2016 race for the White House. Robert Daly recently visited China to conduct a series of presentations on the US election. He reports on the view from China in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


The Choice of an Ally

Transnational political campaigns are increasingly frequent in Europe since national parties collaborate with their ideological kin through “party families” of the European Parliament. But it is rather unusual that a NATO member’s head of government openly endorses one of the American presidential candidates over the other. And that is precisely what happened on July 25: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán endorsed Donald J. Trump for President – just two days after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention and two days before the opening of the Democrats’ event.