The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Admiral Timothy J. Keating, emphasizes expanding U.S. cooperation with countries in the region but says a military partnership with China appears a long way off.
A tribal reconciliation strategy could help counter Taliban influence in Afghanistan in the short term, a U.S. expert says. But if the process is not handled carefully, he says, it could seed deeper unrest down the road.
The Pentagon has to do more than modernize its conventional forces; it must also focus on today's unconventional conflicts -- and tomorrow's.
Listen to experts discuss how the United States and Japan can address critical security issues in northeast Asia, including the Six-Party Talks with North Korea.
President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to intensify the war effort in Afghanistan, but experts say beyond military might, victory will require a revived regional role and reformed reconstruction moves.
Barnett R. Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan, says to end the current crisis there the United States should reach out to other parties such as Pakistan, Russia, India, and Iran, as well as to encourage dialogue between Afghan government emissaries and Taliban insurgents who are not tied to al-Qaeda.
Veteran New York Times correspondent John F. Burns discusses the declining security situation in Afghanistan and what he says are the dim prospects for fruitful peace talks between the Taliban and Karzai government.
A conversation with General Jay M. Garner, Lieutenant General (U.S. Army, Retired); Former Director, Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq
Dealing with Iran and its nuclear program will be an urgent priority for the next president
Listen to Bruce Walter MacDonald, senior director, Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, discuss China's space, counterspace, and satellite programs and their implications for U.S.-China relations.
Listen to Stephen Biddle, senior fellow for defense policy at CFR, discuss his recent Foreign Affairs article, "How to Leave a Stable Iraq," with students as part of the CFR Academic Conference Call Series.
With violence down and U.S. troop deaths at their lowest point since the Iraq war began, military analysts are in near-agreement that Iraq is more secure today. But CFR's Stephen Biddle and Steven Simon disagree on how to ensure stability continues. They discuss their views during this inaugural Foreign Affairs Live debate.
The Democratic congresswoman from New Hampshire and member of the House Armed Services Committee speaks from the Democratic National Convention about foreign policy challenges facing the United States.
Pakistan faces increasing pressure to crack down on militants linked to attacks in Afghanistan. Experts urge Western caution in dealing with the tribal areas.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
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.
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
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