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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The former Czech leader, once a global darling of libertarians, is losing friends fast. The reason? His defenses of Putin, for starters.Wherever he travels, Václav Klaus can be assured a welcome reception from likeminded free marketers. The former president of the Czech Republic cites Margaret Thatcher as his political heroine and became famous throughout the post-communist space for spearheading...
The year 2014 has been marked by so many reversals to U.S. interests around the globe that it comes as little surprise that December should bring additional retreats. It is nonetheless stunning that so many American principles could be surrendered in just the few hours that passed between President Barack Obama’s Dec. 17 announcement of his prisoner swap with the government of Cuba and Sony...
In October 1940, Americans flocked to movie theaters to see Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, mocking the most powerful tyrant on the globe. In December 2014, movie theaters and then the production company cancelled the release of The Interview because of threats of terror from a tinpot, though totalitarian and evil, tyrant who rules a weak and decrepit nation.It's not that there is (...
The December 16 attack that claimed the lives of 132 Pakistani school children is a stark reminder of both the barbarity of  the Taliban and that all of South Asia is on the precipice of disaster as the United States ends its combat mission in neighboring Afghanistan.This moment has long been at the heart of President Obama’s approach to America’s longest war. When the President announced he...
President Obama announced today the reversal of a more than fifty-year old policy toward Cuba, stating that he will restore diplomatic relations with Havana, review Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and increase travel and commerce to and from Cuba.This change in policy concerns a regime that the U.S. State Department called “an authoritarian state” in its last Human Rights...
December 17, 2014 | Americas | Democracy And Human Rights
On Wednesday, December 3rd, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted its sixth annual Forum, “A World in Crisis: The Need for American Leadership,” in Washington, D.C. At the event, leading experts and policymakers described the need to end sequestration and rebuild our defenses at a time of rising danger across the globe.Speakers at the Forum also argued that Washington must demonstrate its...
December 10, 2014 | Defense
This week, both the House and Senate will hold critical hearings to assess the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In advance of these hearings, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a full-day Forum  last week at which Ambassadors James Jeffrey and Robert Ford, who represented the United States in Iraq and Syria, respectively, described how American leadership...
December 9, 2014 | American Leadership | Middle East

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