- CommentaryBy Marc FreyOct 8, 2014
According to a September 2014 Washington Post–ABC News poll, 90 percent of Americans view the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a serious threat to vital U.S. interests. Headlines discussing the possibility of an imminent attack on U.S. soil by homegrown ISIS fighters or those possessing “Western” passports have recently dominated the news cycle.
- CommentaryOct 6, 2014
In the late 1940s, the United States chose to make a strategic investment in the international economic order, which had been reduced to rubble over the previous three decades.
- CommentaryOct 2, 2014
Singapore is changing in ways policymakers and corporate executives need to understand if they wish to be effective in managing relations and remain aligned with this important city-state over the coming decade. Understanding these new trends is vital for Singapore’s partners, not least for the United States.
- CommentaryOct 1, 2014
On September 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India concluded his first visit to the United States since his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), won a majority in the lower house of India’s Parliament in the spring 2014 election.
- CommentarySep 30, 2014
Much of the debate over the air war and “boots on the ground” ignores the real center of gravity in the campaign against the Islamic State. There is no near-term possibility of any form of military victory unless the new Iraqi government can bring Iraq’s Arab Shi’ite, Arab Sunnis, and Kurds back together as some form of functioning state.
- CommentaryBy Gerald HymanSep 23, 2014
Again, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are working on a new Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). It is intended to map a fresh four-year strategy for U.S. foreign policy agencies excluding the Department of Defense.
- CommentarySep 23, 2014
No action the United States and President Obama takes can eliminate the fact that the campaign against the Islamic State involves major risks, many of which are beyond U.S. control:
- CommentarySep 22, 2014
With the election of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in May 2014, one important question is asked with remarkable consistency—“Can Modi’s development record in Gujarat be replicated nationally?” Most people take this to be a polar question—either “yes” or “no.” The reality is likely to be somewhere in between.
- CommentarySep 19, 2014
There are times the United States does not need an enemy in going to war. It poses enough of a threat to itself without any foreign help. The current debate over ground troops in Iraq and Syria threatens to be yet another case in point, compounding the American threats to America that have done so much damage in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and the earlier fighting in Iraq.
- CommentarySep 18, 2014
Vietnam’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, will visit Washington in early October for consultations with Secretary of State John Kerry. Their meetings will provide a venue for adding more concrete components and depth to the comprehensive partnership announced when President Truong Tan Sang visited the Oval Office in July 2013.