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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Americans are rightly proud of their country’s commitment to preventing starvation across the globe. Yet the American government could do a much better job of spending taxpayer dollars in a way that provides the greatest aid to the greatest number of hungry individuals. Current law requires the government to purchase almost all of its donated food from American producers, and then ship food aid...
April 25, 2015 | American Leadership | Lindsay Markle
As always, Winston Churchill said it best. Here he is on March 24, 1938, speaking less than two weeks after the Anschluss, the Nazi annexation of Austria:"For five years I have talked to the House on these matters—not with very great success. I have watched this famous island descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which leads to a dark gulf. It is a fine broad stairway at the...
On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee conducted a hearing that analyzed the prospective nuclear agreement with Iran. The hearing, which featured testimony from David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, former head of the Iraq Survey Group Charles Duelfer, and Stephen G. Rademaker of the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Podesta Group, discussed key...
April 24, 2015 |
The resumption of talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna this week comes as Tehran continues to deny that it made any commitments as part of the so-called framework agreement reached earlier this month. Moreover, Iran continues to insist on maximalist positions for a final agreement, including the immediate relief of sanctions rather than phased relief tied to implementation and compliance....
April 23, 2015 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Growing up blind and poor in rural China, Chen Guangcheng had few prospects. Yet before he turned 40, Chen was one of China’s most famous human rights activists, known around the world after he became the subject of a dramatic standoff between the American and Chinese governments.  Chen's new autobiography, The Barefoot Lawyer: A Blind Man's Fight for Justice and Freedom in...
In a pair of congressional hearings last week, U.S. military leaders warned that America’s strategic position in the Asia-Pacific is being challenged.  China is waging a campaign of intimidation designed to establish its control over key international waterways in the South China Sea. North Korea has continued to launch missiles and conduct cyber attacks while its people suffer extreme...
At last, some good news has emerged from Russia. Despite escalating political repression, war in Ukraine, and the February 27th murder of Boris Nemtsov, the democratic opposition has united on a joint platform to contest regional elections in 2015 and national parliamentary polls in 2016. The coalition includes Nemtsov’s party, RPR-Parnas, co-chaired by Mikhail Kasyanov, Alexei Navalny’s Party of...
Moscow’s decision last week to lift its ban on the sale of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Tehran serves to bolster Iran’s regional aggression and help it defend the sites it would use to build a nuclear weapon. The Kremlin’s move also reflects newly resurgent ties with Iran over the past year that have proven staggering in their scale: a military cooperation deal, an agreement to build...
April 21, 2015 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
A must-read, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal opinion pages: Remarks from earlier this week in San Francisco by retired four-star Marine Corps general James Mattis to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.Here are excerpts:Our country gives hope to millions around the world, and you—who knew that at one time your job was to fight well—kept that hope alive. By your service you made clear your choice...
April 18, 2015 | War On Terror | William Kristol

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