U.S. Foreign Policy News

Four Illusions About Syria That the U.S. Has to Abandon

Nov 13, 2015
"When it comes to the Middle East, giving up illusions is mandatory. As Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for another round of talks with Russia, Iran, and Europeans on Syria’s future, here are several illusions the Obama administration must abandon," writes Aaron David Miller.

Cybersecurity treaties may be nice, but it’s really every country for itself

Nov 11, 2015
As significant as a cyber arms-control agreement to ban attacks on critical infrastructure might be, the necessary complement to it is effective cyber defense mechanisms.

Infographic | Homeland Security as a Theory of Action: The Impact on U.S./Mexico Border Management

Nov 10, 2015
This infographic is based on the essay "Homeland Security as a Theory of Action: The Impact on U.S./Mexico Border Management," by Alan D. Bersin and Michael D. Huston.

Ambassador Ryan Crocker New Distinguished Fellow at Wilson Center

Nov 10, 2015
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.

Takeaways From the Russian Jet Downed Over Egypt

Nov 09, 2015
"A rethinking of U.S. policy in Syria may yet come. Right now, the downing of this Russian jet feels less like a transformative event and more like another twist in the long war against jihadi terrorism–and a reminder that, 14 years after 9/11, terrorist threats to commercial aviation remain real and terrifying," writes Aaron David Miller.

The Senate Has Delayed Confirming an Ambassador to Mexico. America Needs One Now.

Nov 06, 2015
The U.S.' most complex international relationship has been missing a crucial component since July. Duncan Wood and Andrew Selee discuss the Senate's delayed confirmation of an ambassador to Mexico.

Three Points From Charity’s Review of U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital

Nov 05, 2015
Doctors Without Borders has released the initial findings of an internal review of the U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last month in which 30 staffers and patients were killed. The harrowing details in the initial report give pause about what the final document might contain. Here are three chief takeaways.

Turkey’s Elections, the Syrian Crisis, and the US

Nov 04, 2015
Fresh off his party’s stunning election victory, will Erdogan get in the way of U.S. plans, or work with Washington toward a grand bargain on Syria and Iraq?

Showdown in the South China Sea

Oct 28, 2015
Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly explains the American and Chinese perspectives on the showdown in the South China Sea.

Thinking About American Power: A Primer for the Candidates

Oct 26, 2015
American political campaigns often seem a contest about machismo. The current presidential race is no different. Sounding tough and celebrating American power may make for good politics, but today’s foreign policy realities call for a more nuanced approach to the many challenges the next president will face.