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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Iran and the P5+1 decided on Monday to extend nuclear negotiations until June 30, 2015, marking the second extension of talks since the parties signed the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) in November 2013. While the extension will give Iran more time to develop its nuclear and missile programs, it also presents the President and Congress with an opportunity to force Tehran to choose between...
The New York Times editorial board took a break this past week from its usual practice of blaming Israel for being the cause of assaults against her. On Wednesday, after the terror attack on Jews praying in a synagogue in Jerusalem, the Times editors ruminated:There is no comprehending the murder of four men, including three rabbis, at a synagogue complex in a neighborhood of West Jerusalem on...
November 21, 2014 | Middle East | William Kristol
By Thomas C. Moore [1]As negotiations with Iran near a November 24 deadline under the Joint Program of Action (JPA), the President and Congress find themselves at a stalemate.  Under current law, Congress has no immediate tools available to block a deal with Tehran or prevent further sanctions relief.  Meanwhile, the administration has suggested that “President Obama will do everything...
November 20, 2014 | Analysis | Middle East
Promises and Pitfalls for the U.S.-Japanese AllianceA Trip Report by the FPI Leadership Network [1]The United States and Japan face a rare opportunity to strengthen their alliance and bring much-needed stability to an increasingly volatile Asia. Over the past two years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has engaged in a bold effort to allow Japan's Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) to play a meaningful role in...
November 20, 2014 | American Leadership | Analysis | Asia-Pacific
On Thursday, November 20, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill that analyzed the potential outcome of talks with Iran, and its implications for U.S. policy, as the Nov. 24 deadline rapidly approaches. The event featured Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Mark...
November 20, 2014 | Middle East | War On Terror
Following yet another brutal murder of an American citizen on Sunday by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL or IS), the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) believes the following fact sheet will be useful for policymakers, lawmakers, and the general public to understand the nature of the crisis and the ongoing threat that ISIS poses to regional stability and U.S. interests.I...
November 18, 2014 | Fact Sheet | Middle East | War On Terror | Tzvi Kahn
How to explain America’s failure, after 20 years of efforts, to impose genuinely crippling sanctions on Iran? Start with the penchant of the executive branch—from Presidents Clinton to Obama—for excluding Congress from the process.Last month, the New York Times reported that President Obama planned to bypass Congress on any final deal with Iran, directly violating a pledge by Secretary of State...
November 17, 2014 | American Leadership | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Berlin—On August 17, 1962—exactly one year after barbed-wire barricades began to be reinforced with the concrete that would become the Berlin Wall—Peter Fechter made an impetuous, and ultimately tragic, decision. The 18-year-old East Berliner had left school four years earlier to begin an apprenticeship as a bricklayer, an occupation to which he brought considerable talent and energy. “Colleague...

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