U.S. Foreign Policy News


Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border 2015 Conference

Jun 04, 2015
The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute will host its second annual high-level conference on the topic of “building a competitive U.S.-Mexico border.” Issues from infrastructure and transportation to energy and innovation will be on the agenda, with participants expected to include Senator John Cornyn and Ambassador Alejandro Estivill. We spoke with Mexico Institute Senior Associate, Chris Wilson, and he provides a preview of the conference in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

In Public Perceptions and Congress, a Disconnect on Trade?

Jun 01, 2015
"Fifty-nine percent of liberal Democrats and 62 percent of independents believe previous free-trade agreements have been good for the U.S., compared with just 50 percent of conservative Republicans. But you wouldn’t know that by studying the House, where more than 150 Democrats have announced opposition to TPP as well as presidential “fast track” authority for future trade deals. Republican opposition to the trade deal casts further doubt about its future," writes Linda Killian.

How Supplying Sunni Tribes Could Backfire on the U.S.

May 30, 2015
"If the U.S. opens an assistance conduit to the tribes, it could have major consequences among Shiites: It could weaken Mr. Abadi in the eyes of his Shiite constituency; it could undermine the premise of central government the U.S. is trying to support; it could even lead Iran to more aggressively push their Shiite militias in Iraq, further weakening the idea of centralized authority," writes Aaron David Miller.

Is the U.S. Still the “Indispensable Nation?”: A Conversation With Madeleine Albright

May 28, 2015
Madeleine Albright served as US Secretary of State (1997-2001) and also was a Wilson Center Scholar in 1981-82. She returned to the Center to take part in an alumni event, joining Wilson Director, President, and CEO, Jane Harman for a discussion of America’s historic and evolving role in world affairs.

U.S. China Policy: Accommodate or Double Down?

May 27, 2015
Two recent reports have triggered a discussion surrounding the evolution of US policy toward China. The fundamental choice confronting policymakers is whether to respond to China’s rise by accommodating its ambitions or to challenge the People’s Republic by attempting to reassert or double down on American preeminence in the Asia-Pacific region. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly explains the options during this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

A Warning in Iran’s Closed-Door Trial of Reporter Jason Rezaian

May 26, 2015
"The ministry, aided by a pliant judiciary, may be trying to make an example of Mr. Rezaian. His experience serves as a warning to other Iranians or dual nationals who work for foreign news agencies in Iran or universities and think tanks abroad. The message? Such Iranians should not feel free, or safe, to travel between Iran and the U.S. or Europe," writes Haleh Esfandiari

Middle East Realities That Challenge Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

May 20, 2015
"The emerging Iran deal that the Obama administration contends is comprehensive and definitive contains so many uncertainties, including those regarding Iran’s future nuclear weapons aspirations, that it might well turn out to be an extended interim accord," writes Aaron David Miller.

Obama's Arab Security Strategy: An Old Doctrine Gets Put to the Test in Yemen

May 18, 2015
"Yemen couldn’t be a worse place to put the American Gulf security plan to the test. It is a certified failed state with an impeccable record of sucking outside powers into a treacherous tribal quicksand," writes David Ottaway.

No Simple Answers to Questions About U.S. Leadership

May 18, 2015
"We are entering an era of difficult international transitions; and changing times require new thinking — not only by the Obama administration but by the presidential aspirants who wish to lead this country in a troubled time," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

The Iran Nuclear Deal and the Role of the US Congress

May 13, 2015
On this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Congress expert Donald Wolfensberger describes the role of Congress in the Iran nuclear negotiations.