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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.

  • 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...

  • Strategic Comments

    US and Cuba: remaking of a relationship

    05 May 2015. 

    Unless the Cuban government enters a new phase of repression, the changes under way now appear irreversible. That does not mean, however, that they will fully succeed in their object of restoring normal relations.

  • Strategic Comments

    India–US relations acquire new momentum

    01 May 2015. 

    Having previously been characterised by mutual mistrust and tension, relations between India and the United States began to improve at the turn of this century. Bilateral trade has increased sharply over the last decade, but there is considerable scope and widespread political support in both countries for expansion.

  • Events

    Strange Bedfellows: Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

    28 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS-Middle East
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 28 April 2015

  • Events

    Russia and the West: A New Cold War?

    15 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Matthew Kroenig
    Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council 
    Jeremy Shapiro
    Fellow, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution
    Chair: Dana Allin
    Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs and Editor of Survival, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 15 April 2015

  • Events

    Intelligence and Policy in an Era of Transparency

    19 March 2015. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Dr Gregory Treverton
    Chairman, National Intelligence Council
    Chair: Nigel Inkster
    Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 19 March 2015, 10:30am-11:30pm EDT/3:30-4:30pm GMT

  • Events

    IISS-US Adelphi Launch: Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System

    11 March 2015. 

    Adelphi Book Launch
    Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy, IISS
    Professor Pravin Krishna, Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business, Johns Hopkins University
    Dr Ashley Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 11 March 2015, 10-11am EST/3-4pm GMT

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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.