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

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.

  • 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

    Steven Simon: The Democrats’ Debate and Israel

    13 October 2015.  Tonight is the US Democratic presidential candidates’ first debate. Without knowing the questions in advance, we can be reasonably confident that Middle East policies, including relations with Israel, will come up. They will certainly be themes of contention in the primary campaigns for both parties, and in the general election campaign. We have already heard from the many Republican candidates in somewhat surreal encounters. So far, at least, the Republicans’...

  • Events

    China's Role in the Global Economy and China-US Relations

    13 October 2015. 

    IISS-US New York Discussion
    Cheng Lei, Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York
    The Princeton Club of New York
    Tuesday 13 October 2015
    Reception: 6:00-6:30pm EST
    Discussion: 6:30-7:30pm

  • 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

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • Events

    Cold wars, hot wars

    15 September 2015. 

    Geopolitics and Business Seminar
    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

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