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 nuclear agreement that the P5+1 and Iran are reportedly developing would fail to achieve the objective that the United States articulated at the outset of the talks: preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.According to the Associated Press and The New York Times, the prospective deal would allow Tehran to possess 6,500 centrifuges for the first 10 years of the agreement, upon which a...
February 26, 2015 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
The House Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on emerging challenges to the peace of Europe. General Philip Breedlove, the commander of NATO, and Christine Wormuth, the undersecretary of defense for policy, are scheduled to testify. The hearing will occur in the midst of ongoing violence that threatens to undermine the new cease-fire signed on February 12 in Minsk....
February 25, 2015 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Europe
Has Chris Matthews joined the ranks of the dreaded neoconservatives?Usually the MSNBC host has no time for foreign policy interventionists, national security hawks, and the other assorted defense intellectuals crudely classified under the “neocon” label. “There’s always a war that the neocons are looking forward to,” he grumbled in 2012. “Neocons,” he said that same year in a discussion of Mitt...
February 25, 2015 | Middle East | War On Terror | James Kirchick
Media ContactRyan Richardson, FPI External Affairs Associate202-360-6959 or rrichardson@foreignpolicyi.orgWashington, D.C. – Eighty-four former U.S. government officials, retired U.S. military leaders, and national security experts today sent an open letter urging House and Senate leadership to work together to end the needless harm that the Budget Control Act and sequestration are inflicting on...
The situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate.  Russia and its proxy forces have continually violated  the cease-fire agreement they signed two weeks ago in Minsk. The most flagrant violation of the cease-fire has been what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called this weekend a “full scale assault” on the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve.  This latest disaster—and the...
February 23, 2015 | American Leadership | Bulletin | Europe | Evan Moore
One element that has been conspicuously absent from the West’s response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is support for democracy in Russia.It’s not that Vladimir Putin has eased up on the opposition and civil society. Even while he has seized Crimea and invaded eastern Ukraine, Russia’s democratic opposition parties have faced prohibitive barriers to participating in and contesting elections,...
February 20, 2015 | Democracy And Human Rights | Europe | Ellen Bork
Great power competition has returned. Or rather, it has reminded us that it was always lurking in the background. This is not a minor development in international affairs, but it need not mean the end of the world order as we know it.  The real impact of the return of great power competition will depend on how the United States responds to these changes. America needs to recognize its...
February 19, 2015 | American Leadership | Defense | Robert Kagan

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