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June 17, 2024

Asia
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series: Lost Decade—The U.S. Pivot to Asia and the Rise of Chinese Power

Lost Decade is an essential guide for understanding the historic shift to Asia-centric geopolitics and its implications for the United States’ present and future. More than a decade on, Robert D. …

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May 30, 2024

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Does NATO Have a Role in Asia?

The transatlantic alliance has begun to connect its traditional security interests in Europe with the geopolitical dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region, including tensions between China and Taiwan.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.

June 11, 2024

China
How the United States Can Effectively Pivot to Asia

After the rise of Chinese power during the 2010s and failed U.S. policies in the Indo-Pacific, the United States should renew the Pivot to Asia and place the region at the center of its grand strateg…

A staff adjusts the Mexican flag prior to joint press conference for CPTPP  in Tokyo.

May 29, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
Oil and National Security: U.S.-Middle East Relations

Steven Cook discusses the modern history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and how economic interests, including secure access to oil reserves, continue to influence U.S. priorities in the regio…

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June 4, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
U.S. Policy in the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the United States’ past, present, and future policy in the Mi…

Podcast Members of the U.S. military retire its ceremonial flags signifying the end of their presence in Iraq at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center on December 15, 2011.

June 12, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
CFR Fellows’ Book Launch Series: The End of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and Future in the Middle East by Steven Cook

In The End of Ambition, Steven A. Cook boldly claims that despite setbacks and moral costs, the United States has had a record of success in the Middle East. Yet, beginning in the 1990s, those achiev…

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June 11, 2024

China
A Real Pivot to Asia Is Critical to U.S. Interests, Blackwill and Fontaine Argue in New CFR Book

“Washington’s collective inability to respond adequately to growing Chinese power across the 2010s stands as perhaps the most consequential U.S. policy omission since 1945,” argue Ambassador Robert D…

June 3, 2024

U.S. Foreign Policy
It Is Time to Renew America’s Purpose in the Middle East, Writes Steven A. Cook in New Book

As the Israel-Hamas war continues and U.S. policymakers seek to contain the conflict and deter Iran, Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) writes in a timely and important new book…

May 8, 2024

China
Second Trump Term Could Be Disastrous for Southeast Asia

A second Trump term could intensify the rivalry between the U.S. and China in Southeast Asia so that regional countries can no longer delicately dance between the giants.

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Freeland, Michigan, May 1, 2024.

May 10, 2024

Asia
What a Second Trump Term Could Mean for Southeast Asia

His aggressive stance toward China could force many in the region to pick a side.

Personal aide John McEntee directs U.S. President Donald Trump as he participates in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Manila,