U.S. Foreign Policy News

The New Mideast Talks: Much Risk, Little Hope, but Still We Must Try

Jul 30, 2013
As the latest round of talks begin, Aaron David Miller outlines the three core challenges to achieving an agreement. And while the odds against success are long, “Still, Mr. Kerry has put down a bet worth making.”

Egypt’s Sissi is Not Moving Toward Democracy

Jul 29, 2013
"U.S. officials must make clear to the Egyptian military and its supporters, as well as to Islamists, that Washington will choose its friends, and that they do not include regimes that curb popular participation at the polls in favor of street mobilization," writes Marina and David Ottaway in The Washington Post.

Five Things to Watch for in the Peace Process

Jul 22, 2013
There's a great deal we don't know (yet) about John Kerry's efforts to resume negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. So how are we to know if this process is on the right track and won't become just another woulda/shoulda/coulda enterprise? In this article from ForeignPolicy.com, Aaron David Miller lists five things to look for on the U.S. side.

Eric L. Olson Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere

Jul 20, 2013
Olson joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on regional security cooperation in Central America.

Tragedy in Afghanistan, Farce in Qatar

Jul 10, 2013
Senior program associate Michael Kugelman laments the sad state of the war in Afghanistan--and the efforts to negotiate and end to it.

With This Redo, Do It Right

Jul 09, 2013
The next year may be more turbulent than the last one. Handled well, it could also be more productive, writes Robin Wright in The New York Times.

According to analysts, the NSA spying incident shakes, but does not jeopardize relations between Brazil and the US

Jul 09, 2013
Director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, gives his take on the recent allegations of the NSA spying on Brazil

U.S.-Sponsored Broadcasts to Other Countries

Jul 05, 2013
Senior Scholar Ross Johnson discusses the purpose of Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other services which operate as tools for diplomacy and foreign policy, but which some have criticized.

Crime Violence in Mexico: Is the Tide Turning?

Jun 26, 2013
Recent government statistics suggest that an almost decade long focus on reducing crime related violence in Mexico is working. But do the numbers accurately depict what’s really happening? Are the efforts of the new administration and its recent predecessors improving public safety and helping to change the country’s image? Our guest, David Shirk, has been following the situation for many years and offers a broad perspective on what’s gone before, the current situation, and prospects for the future during this edition of CONTEXT.

John Kerry, Lone Ranger of the Middle East

Jun 26, 2013
John Kerry has made the Middle East peace process a major priority of his term as secretary of state. But the prospects of success are not very high. That raises the question of what Kerry's strategy is -- and what his motivations are, writes Aaron David Miller in Foreign Affairs.

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