Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen marks a more assertive foreign policy that is less inclined to rely on the United States and could intensify the sectarian rift with Iran across the region, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.
The fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago marked a triumph of the U.S. strategy of containment. But U.S. policymakers have been struggling to establish new guidelines for confronting the world's complex challenges.
The Kremlin and the Obama administration have signaled a desire to work toward a more cooperative U.S.-Russia relationship. But CFR Fellow Jeffrey Mankoff says Russian sensitivity over its "near abroad" will continue to threaten progress.
President Obama's first National Security Strategy departs from Bush administration doctrine by redefining the war against terror groups and embracing multilateralism, and may expect too much from global partners, say CFR experts in an analytical roundup.
As election season approaches, and global crises in Greece and elsewhere intensify, U.S. foreign policy is in a state of drift that puts the United States at the risk of falling behind its rivals, says Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer.
Secretary of State John Kerry is launching new Mideast shuttle diplomacy, but President Obama's commitment to brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement remains to be seen, says expert Martin Indyk.
Wayne White, who was the State Department’s top intelligence analyst on Iraq from 2003-2005, says he is “very gloomy” about the situation in Iraq, and advocates that the United States set a “date certain” two years from now for a U.S. troop withdrawal.
The post-war U.S. approach to strategy is rapidly becoming insolvent and unsustainable. If Washington continues to cling to its existing role on the premise that the international order depends upon it, the result will be increasing resistance, economic ruin, and strategic failure with consequences harming U.S. credibility, diplomacy, and military operations.
Walter Russell Mead explains that American "decline" is a misnomer; international relations are still rebalancing following the end of the Cold War as regional powers take on international importance.
Jonathan Broder argues that America's relative decline justifies Obama's vision of global engagement over the Republican vision of domination.
Stephen M. Walt views America's decline as a global power as an opportunity to rebalance international burdens and focus on domestic concerns.
Newsweek's Neil Ferguson lambasts President Obama for not properly seizing the opportunity of what he calls a "wave of democracy" in the Middle East.
Michael Asulin criticizes Paul Kennedy's assessment of U.S. decline for his failure to recognize the importance of the morality that plays into U.S. foreign policy, and the potential consequences of a weaker U.S. position in the world. (CBS)
George Friedman compares the first year of President Obama's foreign policy to that of former President Reagan. He contends that Obama's strategy has been "enigmatic" early on and will need to define his policy in the months ahead.
Cathy Young writes about the Obama administration's approach to U.S.-Russian relations.
In pondering the geopolitical landscape three decades from now, Joseph S. Nye Jr. looks at the forces shaping the world and suggests how the United States might plan for the future.
John Prendergast and John Norris identify necessary prerogatives for the Obama administration regarding Africa, and encourage a dramatic refashioning of American policy in the region.
CSIS Commission on Smart Power, launched in 2006, develops a vision to guide America's global engagement in this report.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
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.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
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
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