Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator at Financial Times, and Joseph S. Nye Jr., university distinguished service professor at Harvard Kennedy School, discuss new variables that are changing America's foreign policy strategies including the diffusion of power as technology empowers nonstate and nongovernmental actors, as well as the power transition from West to East.
A press conference discussing a new CFR report assessing U.S. objectives, strategy, and policy options in Pakistan and Afghanistan; recommendations include a long-term partnership with Pakistan, calls for a new approach to Afghan political reform, reconciliation, and regional diploma; and changing strategy absent progress.
Washington has for decades relied on limited military force to achieve political objectives abroad. In a new book, CFR's Micah Zenko argues these tactics, while politically popular, rarely achieve their aims.
The transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces within four years will require a significant increase in international training efforts, but NATO's Jack Kem says coalition forces are making progress in overhauling security institutions.
The reliance on unmanned drones to target terror suspects in Pakistan has been quietly lauded by U.S. officials. But the covert program, which has so far gotten little public scrutiny, is facing mounting legal and ethical concerns.
Despite recent successes, unmanned drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan remain a controversial tactic. CFR's Micah Zenko says the Obama administration must shed new details on the "worst kept covert secret in the history of U.S. foreign policy."
C. Christine Fair, assistant professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, offers a look at the true and false behind arguments against the United States' use of drone airstrikes.
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The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.