U.S. Foreign Policy News

The Next Refugee Crisis: Afghanistan

Oct 21, 2015
"The new surge of refugees began with the Taliban’s offensive this year, and intensified after fighting reached populated areas like Kunduz. Last month, employees at Afghanistan’s passport agency said they were issuing an average of 2,000 passports daily — triple the number of six months ago," writes Michael Kugelman.

Washington Doesn’t Help Pakistani Democracy

Oct 20, 2015
"At the end of the day, when Washington needs to get something done to serve its chief interests in Pakistan, one can assume it goes to the generals, not the civilians. This is incredibly ironic and misguided — given that the generals imperil U.S. interests in the region with their sponsorship of non-state militants — but nonetheless a fact of life for U.S.-Pakistan relations," writes Michael Kugelman.

Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: What Can We Learn From Cases in Successful Diplomacy?

Oct 20, 2015
With their new book, co-editors Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri want to help practitioners and scholars reinvent diplomacy by learning and applying the lessons of success. By focusing on cases in successful diplomacy, the book provides a host of lessons learned through foreign policy diplomatic breakthroughs. For more information on the book, visit: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/foreign-policy-breakthroughs-9780190226114?cc=us&lang=en&

Debate: Are the U.S. and China Long-Term Enemies?

Oct 19, 2015
In a spirited Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd and Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly faced off with University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer and Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Peter Brookes over this provocative motion: “China and the U.S. are long-term enemies.”

The Xi-Obama Meeting: Outcomes and Expectations

Oct 16, 2015
The meeting between President Xi and President Obama has come and gone leaving in its wake opinions on outcomes and expectations. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly helps us sort through the details and also provides thoughts on how China views the TPP agreement.

9,800 U.S. Troops Won’t Fix Afghanistan. Here’s What They Can Do.

Oct 16, 2015
"Given the resurgent Taliban and an emerging ISIS threat, Afghan forces need all the help they can get. U.S. troops can provide assistance, much as they did in the recovery of Kunduz—an operation that may have had a much less happy ending were it not for U.S. involvement," writes Michael Kugelman.

Obama Halts Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Oct 15, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate Michael Kugelman explains why he thinks President Obama’s decision to halt troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will have a positive impact.

Four Things That Aren't Helping the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Oct 14, 2015
How the Obama administration should deal with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict is far from clear. But it is clear that these four things are not helping Mr. Kerry or the situation.

Deconstructing the U.S.-Russian Impasse Over Syria

Oct 13, 2015
Are the United States and Russia poised to act at cross-purposes with each other or is some kind of synergy possible?

How Jason Rezaian’s Conviction Is a Warning to Iran’s President Rouhani

Oct 13, 2015
"By finding Mr. Rezaian guilty, Iran’s security agencies and judiciary are effectively warning Mr. Rouhani. They know that this conviction will strengthen those in the U.S., including members of Congress, who are skeptical of President Barack Obama‘s outreach to Iran; and they will continue to try to obstruct Mr. Rouhani’s outreach to Washington," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

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