Asia-Pacific

America’s future is linked to the future of the Asia-Pacific region; and the future of this region depends on America. The United States has a strong interest in continuing its tradition of economic and strategic leadership, and Asia has a strong interest in the United States remaining a dynamic economic partner and a stabilizing military influence.

– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 2010

 

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At the beginning of this month, two prominent Hong Kong democracy advocates visited Washington to seek America’s support.Vice President Joseph Biden “dropped by” to meet Anson Chan, a former top civil servant under both the British and Chinese administrations, and Martin Lee, a distinguished barrister and founder of the territory’s democratic party.  The White House press office gave a brief...
FPI Policy Director Robert Zarate discussed the situation in Ukraine with Larry O'Connor on WMAL's Drive at Five.  You can listen to their discussion by pressing the Play button below. 
Over the weekend, pro-Russian armed militants, apparently assisted by Russian military forces in unmarked uniforms, seized police stations and attacked other government buildings across six cities in eastern Ukraine.  General Philip M. Breedlove, who heads the U.S. military’s European Command and serves as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Forces in Europe, has reportedly warned U.S....
April 14, 2014 | Europe
The Obama administration has scheduled a deputies committee meeting this week—tentatively set for Tuesday—to resolve a bitter inter-agency dispute over a request from Russia with respect to the Open Skies program. Informed sources believe the White House is likely to side with the State Department, which wants to accommodate Russia, over the objections of the Obama administration's Defense...
Ihor Miroshnychenko, a parliamentarian from Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party, is an “emotional” man. That is the word that he and his colleagues use to describe his raiding the headquarters of the country’s state television broadcaster last month. Accompanied by five other Svoboda bully boys, Miroshnyschenko berated and beat the station director before forcing him to sign a...
FPI Fellow James Kirchick debated NATO expansion and the Ukraine Crisis with Dr. John Mearshimer of the University of Chicago on BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight.You can listen to his segment here
April 11, 2014 | Europe | James Kirchick
FPI Fellow James Kirchick debated NATO expansion and the Ukraine Crisis with Dr. John Mearshimer of the University of Chicago on BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight.  FPI Fellow James Kirchick debated NATO expansion and the Ukraine Crisis with Dr. John Mearshimer of the University of Chicago on BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight. - See more at: http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/content/audio-fpi-...
Although al Qaeda has suffered serious setbacks in recent years—punctuated by the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALs in May 2011—it’s wrong to say that al Qaeda’s defeat is inevitable.  Indeed, a deadly network of al Qaeda affiliates has emerged in the Middle East and Africa.  In testimony before a House panel this week, former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT...
Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea has produced a great deal of handwringing in the West, with much of the ire directed at NATO. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's slow, 15-year process of expansion into the former Warsaw Pact nations, critics allege, sparked a tragic, three-stage process: It humiliated Russia, led to the country's encirclement, and provoked its aggressive behavior...
April 8, 2014 | Europe | James Kirchick

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