U.S. Foreign Policy News

Vladimir Putin’s Upper Hand on Syria

Sep 30, 2015
"Against the backdrop of U.S. policy that has been unable or unwilling to defeat Islamic State or Mr. Assad, Mr. Putin saw an opportunity for a limited investment that would yield maximum returns," writes Aaron David Miller.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Featured on BBC News Discussing China's New Carbon Trading System

Sep 29, 2015
CEF Director Jennifer Turner discusses China's newly-announced carbon trading system, examining issue areas and its role in U.S.-China Climate Agreement.

Engaging Iran and Russia on Syria, the U.S. Has a Weak Hand

Sep 28, 2015
"But if we engage Mr. Assad’s two allies over his fate, we should be under no illusion on what the outcome is likely to be: a never-ending transition that keeps him in power (for a good while) and Russia and Iran as the key eternal actors in the Syrian drama," writes Aaron David Miller.

Why Putin’s Move into Syria May Be One Step Too Far

Sep 28, 2015
"Imperial overstretch serves as a recurring theme throughout Russian history. Putin’s grand U.N. pronouncements should not obscure the fact that he brings few deliverables — and multiple vulnerabilities — to the table," writes Will Pomeranz.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in Xinhua News on Recent U.S.-China Commitments to November 2014 Climate Agreement

Sep 28, 2015
Commitments from China and the United States, the world's two largest economies, injected fresh energy into the battle against climate change, while bolstering prospects for an ambitious pact in Paris later this year, environmental experts said.

The US-Africa Leaders Summit: One Year Later

Sep 25, 2015
One year ago, President Obama convened the “U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit,” which featured discussions among senior officials from U.S. and African governments along with the executives from top companies. The inaugural event of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum series, a new initiative of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, looked at progress made one year later.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in U.S. News & World Report Article on China's Commitment to Reducing Carbon Emissions

Sep 25, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the White House on Thursday may seem like just another in a long line of general diplomatic meetings where much is discussed but little is resolved​​​​​​​​​​​. But behind closed doors the Obama administration has built a stable diplomatic relationship with China that shows no signs of collapsing, experts say, even as the discussion between the two superpowers becomes increasingly blunt.

Obama-Xi summit not doomed to fail

Sep 22, 2015
Will Xi's talks in Washington be a waste of time and that the summit is doomed to fail? The answer is no. Sino-American conflict is not inevitable, and we cannot give up on what is arguably the most important bilateral relationship in the world, writes Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy.

How Washington Can Manage Sustainable Strategic Competition With China

Sep 22, 2015
"When U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Washington next week, the dynamics of the bilateral relationship will be more perilous than at any summit in the past thirty-six years," writes Robert Daly.

Chinese President Xi Jinping Visits the US: A Preview

Sep 02, 2015
Later this month China’s President Xi Jinping will visit the United States. From economics to climate change and cybersecurity, there will be no shortage of issues for discussion between him and his counterpart President Obama. For more on what to expect, we spoke with Kissinger Institute Director, Robert Daly.