U.S. Politics News

After 14 Years, Still Fighting in Afghanistan

Oct 09, 2015
After 14 years of U.S. military support to Afghanistan, and more reconstruction assistance than was used for the Marshall Plan, how can the Taliban be capable of seizing a major Afghan city? And nearly a year after the official end of the U.S. combat mission, why are American troops still fighting?

D.C. and Delhi: Dysfunctional Democracies?

Sep 14, 2015
Has the United States, not unlike India, reached a new normal where legislative blockage is more important than addressing pending needs?

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.

What Stood Out From Obama’s Speech on Iran Deal at American University

Aug 07, 2015
At American University, the president was not the persuader in chief but the lecturing professor in chief—and his approach was unlikely to gain converts. Here's why.

The End of WW II From Japan's Perspective and its Implications for Today

Aug 06, 2015
As we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Shihoko Goto describes the end of war from Japan's perspective. “Japan can be a stronger regional leader by articulating its history as a whole, both as a victim and as an aggressor,” Goto says.

Pressing need to define US interests in Arctic as Anchorage hosts high-level meet

Aug 02, 2015
"The Glacier meetings, through its public panels, also offer an opportunity for the Administration to more clearly identify national priorities, improve legislation, and encourage Congress to allocate the necessary financing despite lean and contentious times," writes David Biette.

U.S. Hostage Policy: Will Recent Changes Help?

Jul 31, 2015
On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands.

Why Now, Afghanistan?

Jul 30, 2015
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s revelation that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead — which had long been assumed yet never confirmed — a fundamental question remains. Why would the Afghan government make this announcement now?

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar’s Death Confirmed

Jul 29, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate, Michael Kugelman speaks about the significance of the confirmed death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

What’s Behind Turkey’s U-Turn on the Islamic State?

Jul 29, 2015
After years of disagreement, the U.S. and Turkey are preparing to fight together in Syria. Henri Barkey explains Ankara's change of heart.