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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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.

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong: Abe's security bills represent evolution not revolution

    01 October 2015.  The prime minister's move to increase the role of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces has caused controversy, but the country long ago moved away from a pacifist stance

  • Politics and Strategy

    Massimo Franco: A Latin American Pope Arrives

    21 September 2015.  For months, Pope Francis has been telling his closest advisers that he wants to arrive in the United States via the south of the American continent. Now he is following through on that symbolic geography. The Pope’s 22–27 September visit to the United States matters in both strategic and domestic terms. Touching US soil after a three-day stop in Cuba is already a remarkable novelty. It is as if Pope...

  • Events

    Cold wars, hot wars

    15 September 2015. 

    Geopolitics and Business Seminar
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • Events

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • Survival

    Waging Cyber War the American Way

    22 July 2015.  The United States should remain wary of offensive cyber war, but also able to make it count when no choice remains.

  • Events

    Faces of Power: Obama’s Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective

    18 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Seyom Brown
    Adjunct Senior Fellow, American Security Project
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 18 June 2015, 13:00-14:00

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Why the New US Trade Agenda Is Such a Hard Sell

    17 June 2015.  Trade policy is in trouble in the United States right now primarily because it is not ‘trade policy’. Instead, US President Barack Obama has framed his trade agenda around parallel agreements on regulatory cooperation that should make it easier for transnational enterprises to distribute their manufacturing processes across national borders without facing redundant regulatory requirements or losing control over intellectual property rights. This regulatory cooperation is a good idea, and...

  • Events

    The Strategic Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal

    04 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS
    Dr Trita Parsi
    President, National Iranian American Council
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday, 4 June 2015

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: America in the Asia-Pacific – Are we there yet?

    03 June 2015.  When does the United States finish ‘rebalancing’ its strategic focus towards the Asia-Pacific and decide that it is adequately ‘balanced’? The question is about more than wordplay, as I suggested to a Pentagon official at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday. We were speaking after the new US defense secretary, Ashton Carter, had delivered a careful and generally well-received speech that morning. The rebalancing rhetoric, first invoked by Secretary...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Survival interview: Aaron L. Friedberg on the debate over US China strategy

    29 May 2015.  In the June–July issue of Survival, Aaron L. Friedberg, Princeton professor and former Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the office of the US Vice President, outlines the American debate over strategy towards China. In the run-up to the 2015 Shangri-La Dialogue, Friedberg [AF] talked to Survival managing editor Matthew Harries [MH] about the strategic backdrop to his article, and about what he will be looking out for when...

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Survival June-July 2015

The Debate Over US China Strategy

By Aaron L. Friedberg

The United States should pursue a strategy towards China that combines continued attempts at engagement with expanded and intensified balancing.