US Foreign Policy & Transatlantic Affairs

US Foreign Policy & Transatlantic Affairs

Exploring how economic worries about military overstretch are altering the United States' global posture, asking whether a more consolidated US posture might be effected, and analysing the implications for US allies and rivals.

Expert: Dr Dana Allin

Dana Allin

Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs; Editor of Survival

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IISS Manama Dialogue 2015

US Policy and Regional Security: Antony Blinken

The United States is working for a settlement in Syria that will give people viable choices other than supporting Assad for fear of terrorists or terrorists for fear of Assad, says Antony Blinken. 

  • IISS Voices

    Jonathan Stevenson: Ratcheting up US military involvement in Syria and Iraq

    21 April 2016.  The US Defense Department has announced increases in the number of special-operations forces to be deployed in Syria, and enhancements to their missions in Iraq. Jonathan Stevenson analyses the strategic and political implications of this move.

  • Events

    IISS Survival Seminar: Donald Trump's America

    18 April 2016. 

    Survival Seminar
    Dr Dana Allin, Senior Fellow and Editor of Survival, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 18 April 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Strategic Comments

    US–Saudi relations: between friction and accommodation

    18 March 2016. 

    US–Saudi relations have always been transactional, driven by US strategic interests and Saudi threat perceptions. After decades of relative stability, greater US energy independence and differences over the Iran nuclear deal, the Arab Spring and Syria have caused their interests and policies to diverge. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Out of New Hampshire, and out of control?

    10 February 2016.  In late 2010, the writer Peter Beinart compared the expanding Tea Party conquest of the Republican Party to what had happened to Democrats after Vice President Hubert Humphrey lost narrowly to Richard Nixon in 1968. ‘[B]etween 1968 and 1972, grassroots activists—many of them incubated in the anti-war movement—took over the Democratic Party, state by state. In 1970, activists rewrote Michigan’s party platform so that it advocated reparations to North Vietnam...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Iowa and theories of politics

    02 February 2016.  If the metric is which party at least marginally improved its chances of winning the presidency next November, then Republicans had a better night in Iowa. They improved their chances not because Texas Senator Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump for first place in the Iowa caucus – both men constitute prima facie electoral disasters for the GOP – but because of the strong third place showing of Senator Marco Rubio. Young...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The Iran deal shows its worth

    18 January 2016.  Although nothing US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry do passes without vitriol from political opponents, 16 January was a very good day for US-Iranian diplomacy. Most importantly, it was ‘Implementation Day’ for the Iran nuclear accord.  Release of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and four other detained US-Iran dual citizens was an important added bonus. Besides the humanitarian and justice angles, it removes one of the...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Obama’s Last State of the Union

    13 January 2016.  Leadership through partnership works; democracy without solidarity does not. These are two of the central arguments Barack Obama makes in his eighth and final State of the Union address as president of the United States. The first argument builds on the premise that the United States cannot lead by trying to do everything itself; it has to make sure ‘other countries pull their own weight’. The second rests on the...

  • Strategic Comments

    US election: Clinton versus whom?

    15 December 2015. 

    With such a crowded field, predicting the future of the Republican contest is more difficult than usual. The task for the victor will be to emerge from the primary campaign without having disqualified himself from appealing to a national electorate.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: The Paris Attacks and Transatlantica

    17 November 2015.  In discussing the Paris attacks, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have both employed a theme that Kerry introduced to his 2004 presidential campaign: France is America’s oldest ally. The solidarity is genuine and profound, one of the significant transatlantic ramifications of the horrific massacres of last Friday evening. There are, at the same time, some structural transatlantic tensions that the attacks could exacerbate in the coming...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Hillary Wins in Vegas

    14 October 2015.  Aside from her unambiguous win, one thing was obvious in Hillary Clinton’s debate performance last night in Las Vegas: she’s running for Barack Obama’s third term. In the history of US presidential politics, that’s not always an obvious move. It is usually difficult for a party that has controlled the White House for eight years to win another mandate from an understandably weary electorate. To be sure, these generalisations are...

Politics and Strategy

Waging cyber war the American way

The United States should remain wary of offensive cyber war, but also able to make it count when no choice remains, say David Gompert and Martin Libicki.