U.S. Foreign Policy News

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.

Obama’s Foreign Policy in the State of the Union

Feb 11, 2013
Aaron David Miller explains why no one should expect particular insight into Barack Obama's foreign policy in Tuesday's State of the Union address.

Latin American Program in the News: Hand of U.S. Is Seen in Halting General’s Rise in Mexico

Feb 06, 2013
Associate Director Eric L. Olson gives The New York Times his views on the future of Mexico-U.S. relations.

Latin American Program in the News: Screen Travelers in Advance, and Focus on Real Dangers

Feb 01, 2013
Eric Olson's take on U.S.-Mexico border security featured in the NYT's "Room for Debate"

Israel Faces Reset Moment

Jan 30, 2013
Israel’s surprising election result gives its wing-clipped prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, an opportunity to shift to the center, to reset the U.S.-Israeli relationship, and to seek a two-state solution, writes Jane Harman.

Al Qaeda on the Rise in North Africa?

Jan 30, 2013
Al Qaeda and its affiliates may exploit the limited ability of new Arab governments to control their territory, according to the United States Institute of Peace's Dan Brumberg. Now the organization and its affiliates have no incentive to directly challenge the new governments. But they are likely establishing local cells that could pose a security threat.

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