U.S. Foreign Policy News

Pakistan Scholar Simbal Khan Weighs in on U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

Dec 19, 2012
The Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar offers insights about the U.S.-Pakistan relationship as President Obama prepares for his second term.

Egypt and the Art of Compromise

Dec 14, 2012
"The referendum on Egypt's constitution scheduled for Saturday is a sign that Egyptians of varying views are finally playing politics, not just planning protests. Washington should embrace this in its newfound role of providing guidance without interfering. In other words, it should be coach, not captain," writes Jane Harman in The Washington Post.

A New Cold War? The Future of US-China Relations

Dec 13, 2012
The shadow of the Cold War still looms large over global affairs. Could increasing competition between China and the United States lead us back to another super-power stand-off? China expert Cheng Li discusses the consequences of a downturn in US-China relations.

Facebook Sheikhs: Egypt

Dec 11, 2012
Egypt’s Facebook sheikhs reflect the growing diversity within Islam. The new tech-savvy sheikhs range from rock-star street preachers to Salafi populists. Even the old clerics are finding they have to be hip to keep their flocks. Their television shows, broadcast on popular satellite stations, compete for viewers—generating new rivalries over who controls the Muslim message.

On Multilateralism, Sovereignty and the Western Hemisphere: Concepts in Jeopardy

Dec 06, 2012
Former ambassador and Brazil Institute adivisory board member Luigi Einaudi reflects on the role of the OAS in an increasingly multilateral world.

Obama's Second Term: The Foreign Policy Agenda

Dec 06, 2012
From ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and the need to "pivot" to the Pacific in response to China's rise, situations demanding the administration's attention abound. And the clock is still ticking on Iran's movement toward becoming a nuclear power. Veteran journalist David Ignatius of The Washington Post tells us what to expect from Obama Administration foreign policy during the next four years.

Beyond AGOA: An Update Case for a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Between Africa and the United States

Nov 20, 2012
In this paper, McDonald, Lande & Matanda argue that, premised on conditions here in the U.S., in Africa and elsewhere, the ‘perfect storm’could be brewing for an effective renewal or enhancement of AGOA before the program expires in 2015. With ingredients such as the Obama Administration’s ‘whole-of-government’ approach, Africa’s rapid ascent as a trade and investment destination and the risk of an inappropriate response to China and other third countries’ Africa engagement, the paper’s recommendations pivot towards ensuring that the U.S. and Africa form a more equitable commercial partnership.

Foreign scholars look at the U.S. election

Nov 13, 2012
Fazley Siddiq, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations, and Barbara Falk, Wilson Center public policy scholar, and former Wilson Center public policy scholar Pierre Martin, provide insight and analysis on the U.S. presidential election.

Tunisia: Interview with Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi

Nov 02, 2012
Tunisia -- Robin Wright interviewed Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of Ennahda Party, on the first anniversary of Tunisia’s first democratic elections. Ghannouchi reflected on the new Islamist spectrum, especially concern about the growing Salafi factor.

U.S. State Department Assists Arab Economies

Nov 01, 2012
On October 26, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs pledged to “create more links between the new [Arab] democracies and American industry.” Assistant Secretary Jose Fernandez briefed the 21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference on successful economic development projects enacted since the Arab uprisings.

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