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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Yesterday, FPI hosted a conference call to discuss Russian interference in foreign elections, to include its reported hack of the Democratic National Committee. The speakers on the call were David J. Kramer of the McCain Institute, Patrik Maldre of Retel Partners, and Hannah Thoburn of the Hudson Institute. FPI believes that the following insights shared by the experts will be especially useful...
July 29, 2016 | Europe
Once again, Donald Trump has unsettled America’s allies and brought joy to its adversaries.In an interview last week with the New York Times, the Republican Party presidential nominee reiterated his shoddy understanding of how international alliances and deterrence strategy work. Asked if the United States would come to the defense of its NATO allies – in particular, the Baltic States – were they...
Despite Moscow’s record of bad faith and outright deception, Secretary of State John Kerry is aggressively pursuing a deal to share intelligence and coordinate airstrikes with Russian forces in Syria. By violating multiple cease-fire agreements with Washington over the past six months, the Kremlin has exploited negotiations in order to secure de facto U.S. approval of Damascus’ territorial gains...
July 28, 2016 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
On July 10, the Washington Post reported that President Obama’s national security team had begun to assemble a disarmament agenda for the President’s final months in office. By design, the agenda consisted of initiatives that the President could implement without congressional approval even though some entailed breaking pledges made to Congress in previous years. This concern led the House Armed...
July 25, 2016 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Defense
Last week’s Republican Nation Convention in Cleveland was supposed to unify the party and signal to general-election voters that Donald Trump was capable of handling the duties of the presidency. However, his remarks in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times last week undermined those efforts and added to the concerns many national security-minded voters have with his candidacy.For the...
July 25, 2016 | American Leadership | Europe | Evan Moore
Yesterday, FPI hosted a conference call to discuss the attempted coup in Turkey and the impact it will have on U.S.-Turkish relations, the civil war in Syria, and the erosion of political liberty under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The speakers on the call were Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute, Blaise Misztal of the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Christopher Kozak of the...
July 20, 2016 | Europe | Middle East | War On Terror
One week after an international tribunal dismissed China’s claim to a vast swath of the South China Sea as having “no legal basis,” Beijing announced military exercises and began flying combat patrols over the disputed waters.In the context of China’s record of asserting its claims via force, this counts as a relatively restrained response, and one that will likely last through the summer as...
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The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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