U.S. Foreign Policy News

Analysis of President Obama’s announcement regarding the release of Alan Gross and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

Dec 31, 2014
The announcement by President Obama of the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross together with a long-imprisoned intelligence asset is welcome news. Their incarceration, along with the even greater numbers of Cubans who have been jailed in Cuba for trying to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, has long been a stumbling block in the relationship.
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Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

Dec 23, 2014
Can the U.S. agree upon and implement a new grand strategy for the 21st Century? And how would it be different from the strategy that served to focus the nation’s foreign policy during the Cold War? In his challenging new book, Barry Posen suggests that “restraint” can serve as the centerpiece of a new American grand strategy. He provides details in this addition of CONTEXT.

Plataforma Democrática on the Integration of Cuba in a Democratic Latin America

Dec 22, 2014
Plataforma Democrática, a Brazil-based discussion forum, released a report following the historic announcement on December 17 by presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro of their decision to normalize the United States-Cuba relations.
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Coordinating the Global Effort to Counter ISIL: A Conversation with General John Allen

Dec 19, 2014
Retired USMC General John Allen, who now serves as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, recently visited the Wilson Center to discuss challenges and strategy with Wilson Center President, Jane Harman. Their discussion provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Sleepwalking as Nukes Spread

Dec 18, 2014
"And with even the Iranian nuclear talks struggling to hold the spotlight for long, broader nuclear security issues have dropped off the public radar entirely. That’s dangerous in the extreme," writes Jane Harman.

State Department official: Real improvement in regional security requires ‘new approach’

Dec 17, 2014
This article reviews key discussion points made by panelists during the Latin American Program’s launch event on its recent report on the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).

U.S.-Cuba to resume diplomatic relations

Dec 17, 2014
Tom Weber interviews the Latin American Program’s Associate Director, Eric Olson, in a MPR special report on resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Wilson Center cuestiona impacto iniciativa de seguridad

Dec 15, 2014
This article reviews the success and shortfalls of the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) based on findings unveiled in the Latin American Program’s recent report, “Crime and Violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle.” This article is in Spanish.

Is the US taxpayer-funded Central America Regional Security Initiative effective at stopping violence?

Dec 15, 2014
The article covers Latin American Program’s launch event for their new publication on crime and security in Central America.

Estudio Wilson Center recomienda priorizar recursos contra la violencia por zonas C.A.

Dec 13, 2014
Reporting on the “Central America’s Security Challenges" event hosted by the Latin American Program, this article reviews important points of the panel discussions. This article is in Spanish.

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