United States Publications

71. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: How the US-EU Battle over Article 98 Played Out in Croatia and Macedonia

Jul 07, 2011
This paper outlines how two Yugoslav successor states, Macedonia and Croatia, faced the dilemma of having to choose between two vital allies. It traces how the issue played itself out in the domestic political arena in the late spring and early summer of 2003, and explains why in the end Croatia rejected US demands in favor of the EU while Macedonia chose to comply with the US. Both the US and the EU are monitoring the postcommunist and post-conflict transitions of the Balkan states closely. All this attention has meant that the Balkans became a particularly crucial battleground for the ICC issue. The decision-making process described in this paper tells a lot about how small post-communist states define their national interests (in terms of politics, economics, and security) and balance external pressures with internal realities in their bids to join Western institutions. Moreover, the outcomes are instructive about the dynamics of US-EU competition and its consequences for the ongoing transition in the region. more

Fact Sheet: U.S. Southwest Border Security Initiatives

Jul 07, 2011
This report lists some of the various projects, programs, and activities undertaken by the U.S. government to enhance security at the U.S.-Mexico border and to combat transnational contraband trafficking. more

Security By Other Means: Foreign Assistance, Global Poverty, and American Leadership

Jul 07, 2011
This Brookings Institution volume, edited by Lael Brainard, joins the growing chorus of criticism of foreign assistance reform in offering a clear set of first steps. more

Climate Action in the United States and China (English)

Jul 07, 2011
The United States and China together produce almost 40 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that now threaten to alter the global climate. Any successful global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will therefore require the direct support and participation of both countries. more

George W. Bush and Asia: A Midterm Assessment

Jul 07, 2011
The midpoint of George W. Bush's presidential term offers an opportune moment to take stock of the administration's Asia policy. This Asia Program report contains essays by policymakers, scholars and Asia analysts, including a contribution from Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James A. Kelly. Collectively, these essays identify themes and patterns that provide insights into Bush's Asia policies and begin the task of placing the administration's policies into broader perspective. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version. more

George W. Bush and East Asia: A First Term Assessment

Jul 07, 2011
When George W. Bush took office in January 2001, he gave little indication that he had a detailed Asia policy in mind; but has since acquired an extensive Asia sum. In this Asia Program report, essays by policymakers, scholars and foreign policy experts analyze the Bush administration's successes, failures, challenges and priorities in dealing with East and Southeast Asia. Contributors, from six countries, include James A. Kelly, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs during Bush's first term. Edited by Robert M. Hathaway and Wilson Lee. more

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Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.