U.S. Politics Publications
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?
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.
Heather Conley argues that the United States should use its chairmanship of the Arctic Council to strengthen its internal and external relations on issues including: Arctic shipping, reducing carbon short-lived climate forcers, and increasing awareness and focus on the well-being of indigenous communities.
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.
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.
In the early 2000s, the European Union (EU) began its own rebalance or pivot toward Asia. The European pivot often competes with the United States in focusing on economic, monetary, technological, and defense-related issues such as arms sales. But the EU and its member states harmonize with U.S. goals in boosting diplomacy, supporting multilateral security fora and regional integration initiatives, and deploying soft power. The EU and the United States should improve their dialogue on Asia to better understand their own interests and priorities, identify areas for cooperation, and manage competition.
Attracting foreign-born talent and teaching entrepreneurial skills are vital to the economic vibrancy of the United States. The United States needs new programs to recruit and retain immigrant entrepreneurs, strengthen K-12 education, and stress experiential, collaborative learning at all levels of education to create jobs and lead the global economy as the world’s entrepreneurship engine.
The recently concluded US-Africa Leaders Summit, which was held from August 4-6, 2014, was an opportunity to discuss key issues and define a way forward for US-Africa relations. Read Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa's take on what needs to happen next.
U.S. private and public debt to foreigners, including foreign governments, is enormous and still growing. The debt is damaging the US economy and the country’s stature as a world leader. Reducing this debt will require public action to restrain the fiscal deficit and bolster private savings and trade. Ultimately, adopting a national growth and innovation strategy would highlight key economic sectors for balancing international flows of goods, services, and capital.
Professor Xiaobo Hu counsels that the United States should give priority to the promotion of peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait, and to the maintenance of stable and constructive ties with both Taipei and Beijing. Toward those ends, Hu argues, Washington should undertake a comprehensive review of the TRA and the policy of “strategic ambiguity” that has characterized U.S. Taiwan Strait policy for many years.