U.S. Foreign Policy Publications

An Overview of U.S.-Mexico Border Relations

Nov 25, 2015
This essay provides an analysis of the evolution of U.S.-Mexico border relations, with a broad overview that divides the history of the relationship into five distinct periods corresponding to different modes of interaction seen in borderlands throughout the world.

The Inter-Church Peace Council and the Nuclear Arms Race

Sep 14, 2015
Ruud van Dijk and Joppe Shaaper explore the political factors and ideological influences that shaped the origins of the Inter-Church Peace Council (IKV) and its campaign against the Nuclear Arms Race. The origins of the IKV campaign inform our understanding of the wider debate over nuclear weapons in the 1970s, détente and the Cold War, and the shift in thinking about the importance of nuclear weapons in international politics.

Prelude to the Euromissile Crisis

Aug 03, 2015
Ruud van Dijk explores the extent to which the Dutch government influenced NATO's decision not to deploy enhanced radiation weapons (ERW) in Western Europe, and how that decision might have avoided further escalation and tensions in the cold war.

The Realities of Returning Home: Youth Repatriation in Guatemala

Jun 15, 2015
Graduate student researchers at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs partnered with the Latin American Program developed report on youth repatriation in Guatemala after fieldwork and research was carried out to answer the question: What happens to repatriated Guatemalan migrant youth after they are returned?

Engage China & Russia with Issues, Not Scolding

May 05, 2015
China and Russia demonstrate a growing affinity in their national interests and diplomatic styles. Americans have often dismissed Chinese and Russian international ventures with broad attacks understood by Chinese and Russians as cultural condescension and used by their presidents to consolidate domestic support. The United States would engage China and Russia more effectively by focusing debate on specific policy issues and omitting more general criticism.

Congress & Foreign Policy Remarks

Apr 14, 2015
Congress has come under fire recently for criticizing the president's approach to curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions. But as Wilson Center congressional scholar Don Wolfensberger points out, the Founders intended for Congress to share in foreign policy making and serve as a check on executive powers.

China in Space: How Europe and the United States Can Align Their Views and Boost Cooperation

Feb 12, 2015
The European Union, through a series of collaborative projects, has built a relationship of trust with China regarding civilian uses of space. The United States, however, has withheld cooperation with China on space technology, and the U.S.-Chinese relationship has been characterized by mistrust. The transatlantic allies should create avenues for U.S.-European dialogue about China and space, and should also work on joint projects to establish standards for uses of space that all three parties can respect.

The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

Feb 02, 2015
"La Economía de la Frontera México-Estados Unidos en Transición" es un amplio informe con recomendaciones destinadas a fortalecer la competitividad económica de la región fronteriza México-Estados Unidos.

La Alianza del Pacífico: Un largo camino por recorrer hacia la integración

Jan 15, 2015
A new study from the Latin American Program covering the Pacific Alliance.