U.S. Politics News

U.S. Strategy Toward the Islamic State

Nov 19, 2015
President Obama’s post-Paris response to the threat posed by the Islamic State reflects his awareness of the contradictions of the capabilities and interests of America’s regional partners and allies, which continue to complicate U.S. strategic considerations in the region.

Two Days in June: JFK and the 48 Hours That Made History

Nov 17, 2015
In his book, Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History, author Andrew Cohen makes a case for the power of words and ideas.

The Next Crisis You're Not Watching: Don't Ignore the South Caucasus

Nov 17, 2015
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia rarely make American headlines. But all three face incredible pressures—which the U.S. can't afford to ignore.

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.

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.

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.”

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.