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Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

Dec 23, 2014
Can the U.S. agree upon and implement a new grand strategy for the 21st Century? And how would it be different from the strategy that served to focus the nation’s foreign policy during the Cold War? In his challenging new book, Barry Posen suggests that “restraint” can serve as the centerpiece of a new American grand strategy. He provides details in this addition of CONTEXT.

Coordinating the Global Effort to Counter ISIL: A Conversation with General John Allen

Dec 19, 2014
Retired USMC General John Allen, who now serves as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, recently visited the Wilson Center to discuss challenges and strategy with Wilson Center President, Jane Harman. Their discussion provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Sleepwalking as Nukes Spread

Dec 18, 2014
"And with even the Iranian nuclear talks struggling to hold the spotlight for long, broader nuclear security issues have dropped off the public radar entirely. That’s dangerous in the extreme," writes Jane Harman.

U.S.-Cuba to resume diplomatic relations

Dec 17, 2014
Tom Weber interviews the Latin American Program’s Associate Director, Eric Olson, in a MPR special report on resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

The Pivot to Asia: Are the EU and the US Partners or Competitors?

Dec 12, 2014
The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the EU and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents?

Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders ‘On the Ropes’

Dec 12, 2014
Cynthia Arnson is interviewed for a segment of NPR's "Morning Edition" on U.S. sanctions against Venezuela.

Jane Harman Discusses the Eric Garner Case and Failed Attempt to Rescue Luke Sommers

Dec 10, 2014
Jane Harman appeared on Fox News Sunday as part of two panel discussions: one on race issues following the decision not to indict any officers in the death of Eric Garner, and another on the failed attempt to rescue American journalist Luke Somers.

Iran: Diplomacy Infinitum

Nov 26, 2014
Despite the failure to secure a deal on Monday, the diplomatic tone between Tehran and Washington has become almost civil, and occasionally even friendly, writes Robin Wright.

4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn't Happen

Nov 25, 2014
"Here are the four faulty (or yet to be realized) assumptions that drove the talented and committed U.S. negotiators to believe that a comprehensive agreement was possible," writes Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.

Authorization for Use of Military Force: Will Congress Step Up to the Plate?

Nov 21, 2014
While the role of the U.S. military has expanded and evolved as ISIL’s capabilities change, U.S. policies have not. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), and others inside and outside of government, believe that Congress needs to debate and outline a new military policy and ultimately vote on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.