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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

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

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China’s strategic power in Asia-Pacific grows

Despite recent diplomatic efforts by Washington and Beijing to keep the bilateral relationship on an even keel, China has continued to behave assertively in the Asia-Pacific. In the absence of a robust or coherent US policy for the region, China appears to have gained the upper hand in the balance of power.

  • Events

    Trump, Clinton and the Vatican

    18 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Massimo Franco, Political Columnist, Corriere della Sera
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 18 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Strategic Comments

    The United States’ Syria quandary

    12 October 2016. 

    Following the collapse of the latest ceasefire, the Obama administration faces increasing pressure from interventionists for more robust military action against the Assad regime. But the United States' military options are problematic. The administration's Syria policy will probably not change substantially before he leaves office in January, though Hillary Clinton – his likely successor – has indicated that she would lean farther forward, in particular by imposing no-fly zones.

  • Events

    The legacy of President Obama's nuclear security and non-proliferation agenda

    12 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Lieutenant General (Retd) Frank G. Klotz, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, US Department of Energy
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 12 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Events

    Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the US-Israel Alliance

    10 October 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Dana H. Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS
    Steven N. Simon, Former Senior Director for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs, National Security Council
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Monday 10 October 2016, 6–7PM BST

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Sitting on the fence is a good option for Asian countries

    07 October 2016.  William Choong argues that there's no need for Asian countries to choose between America and China for now, as China lacks the wherewithal to challenge US supremacy.

  • Expert Commentary

    New York Times: Don’t Intervene in Syria

    06 October 2016.  The cease-fire in Syria that the United States and Russia tortuously negotiated has, like the one before it, fallen apart. Jonathan Stevenson – Senior Fellow for US Defence and Editor of Strategic Comments at the IISS – and Steven Simon argue that the next step, unsatisfying as it may be, is to try and negotiate a new deal.

  • Events

    The 2016 Elections: Implications for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations

    26 September 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jackson Janes, President, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 26 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Events

    The proliferation of terrorist watch lists in the US

    22 September 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jeffrey Kahn, Professor of Law, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 22 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • IISS Voices

    Jonathan Stevenson: Explaining US policy stasis in Syria

    12 September 2016.  The fragile hope is that the deal tentatively struck last week by John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov for the US and Russia to coordinate counter-jihadist operations and restrain opposition and regime military activity, respectively, will produce a durable ceasefire in Syria and re-energise political talks. As Jonathan Stevenson explains, prospects for success are dubious.

  • IISS Voices

    From the archive: Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, offers his views on military intervention

    24 July 2016.  In a candid address to the IISS Manama Dialogue in 2013, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, identified four key elements that must be addressed if policymakers are to convince a sceptical public of the need for military engagement. The speech offers a fascinating insight into his personal views on military intervention, and how he would seek to win over his public if elected to office.

New York Times

Saudi Arabia's lack of Iran strategy

Rather than carefully pushing back Iran, Saudi Arabia's foreign and security policy has been haphazard and counterproductive.