North Korea's ratcheting up of tensions requires South Korean and U.S. military forces in Korea to be prepared to defend against North Korean military incursions. Resumption of diplomacy will only be possible when North Korea signals it is ready to resume dialogue and all parties agree on an agenda that includes both tension-reduction and denuclearization.
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro held this conference call for press, to preview President Obama's trip to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan during March 20 to 23, 2013.
CFR Fellow Shannon O'Neil and former Foreign Minister of Mexico Jorge Castañeda discuss newly elected Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and what this new administration means for U.S.-Mexico relations going forward.
Reta Jo Lewis, Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, gave these remarks on "Subnational Engagement as a 21st Century Foreign Policy Tool" at the 7th Annual Peacekeeping, Reconstruction, & Stabilization Conference in Alexandria, VA on February 7, 2012.
Stephen Sestanovich testifies before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee that, though the U.S. and Russia restored broadly cooperative ties after 2008, the relationship is marked by lingering frustration and even friction.
Judith A. McHale, undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the U.S. Department of State, discusses the importance of harnessing new technologies to increase the dialogue with more people in more places in order to improve U.S. public diplomacy efforts.
From March 19 to March 23, President Obama will make his first official visit to South America, stopping in Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. Latin American experts Julia Sweig and Shannon O'Neil discuss the Obama administration's goals for this visit and opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-South America relationship.
Secretary of State Clinton's new call for vigorous U.S. leadership of global institutions to face modern challenges runs up against the rise of unpredictable emerging powers and Washington's shrinking stature, says CFR's Stewart Patrick.
Reports of Sunnis being banned from Iraq's March 7 elections are a reminder of the dangerous fault lines in Iraqi politics, which the United States can best influence with support rather than interference, says CFR's Brett McGurk.
Marifeli Perez-Stable discusses the leakage by El País of Obama's message to Raul Castro, warning that if the administration doesn't "break the tired two-step" of Cuban-American relations soon, it may be too late.
CFR's Steven A. Cook says it was significant that President Barack Obama was pressing for "permanent status negotiations" between Israel and Palestine and not another interim accord, but adds that "the conditions on the ground don't lend themselves to progress."
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