U.S. Foreign Policy News

U.S.-Mexico Relations: Through the Eyes of Former Ambassadors

Mar 01, 2013
Few relationships, if any, matter more to the United States than the one it shares with its southern neighbor. Mexico is a vital trading partner, a source of heritage for millions of Americans, a neighbor in an uncertain world, and a partner on numerous global challenges. In this CONTEXT interview, we explore this important relationship through the eyes of former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico.

The Wilson Center Launches the Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship Program

Feb 28, 2013
"Mid-[level] to senior staffers stay on the Hill for a long time -- they are the staffers that members rely on. Maybe we can develop a professional cadre of informed bipartisan staff who will help the institution of Congress do much better policymaking. That's what the agenda is," Jane Harman said about the Wilson Center's new foreign policy fellowship program.

Abe Looks to Redefine U.S.-Japan Ties

Feb 22, 2013
Today, President Obama meets with Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the first time. Given the growing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region from the East Asia Sea territorial disputes to the North Korea conundrum, it is in the United States’ interest for the two leaders to develop strong personal ties and build a partnership that will confront the new realities of East Asia, writes Shihoko Goto in this op-ed.

Why Kerry's Really Not Visiting Israel

Feb 21, 2013
Ahead of John Kerry's first international trip as Secretary of State - where he will visit the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar - Aaron David Miller explains why Israel isn't on the list.

Harman: Drone Courts Can Work

Feb 20, 2013
In this opinion piece, Wilson Center President Jane Harman argues that a FISA-like process for governing so-called "remote-control warfare" --the use of drone strikes and offensive cyberattacks--would protect individual liberties enshrined in the Constitution while confronting a supercharged threat environment.

Strategic Challenges for the U.S.-China Relationship

Feb 19, 2013
Check out KICUS Director, J. Stapleton Roy's presentation on Strategic Challenges for the U.S.-China Relationship at the East-West Center!

It's the Middle Class Not the Middle East

Feb 13, 2013
President Obama's first term contained no spectacular successes (save killing Osama bin Laden), but no spectacular failures either. And more than likely, that's what the president will settle for in a second, even as the Arab world burns and rogues like Iran and North Korea brandish new weapons writes Aaron David Miller.

Obama: U.S. to Support Democratic Transitions

Feb 13, 2013
On February 12, President Obama pledged to “stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy,” in his State of the Union Address. “We’ll keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian,” he said.

Op-ed: Defining Border Security

Feb 13, 2013
Eric Olson and Christopher Wilson warn lawmakers against setting vague preconditions to “secure our border” before addressing immigration reform, which has sunk reform efforts in the past.

U.S. Ambassador: Egypt Needs Leadership on Economy

Feb 12, 2013
On February 10, U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson outlined realistic steps Egypt can take to move forward economically and politically. Elections and constitutions “are not enough,” she told members of Alexandria’s Rotary Club. She stressed the importance of a healthy and active civil society to the country’s democratic transition. Patterson said that Cairo also needs to ensure the protection and political participation of religious minorities and women.

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