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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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  • Events

    Understanding the US nuclear posture review

    09 February 2018. 

    Friday 9 February, 12.30–1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Matthew Harries, Managing Editor of Survival; Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Affairs and Nuclear Policy, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    Trump’s Jerusalem move

    31 January 2018. 

    The Trump administration's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognise that city as Israel's capital appears to be strongly influenced by US domestic political considerations. Though welcomed by the Israeli right, the move has attracted widespread regional and international condemnation and outraged the Palestinian leadership. It is unlikely to lead to promising Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the final status of the Palestinian territories, and could significantly degrade security in the region.

  • Events

    Book Discussion: Anatomy of Failure – Why America Loses Every War It Starts

    23 January 2018. 

    Tuesday 23 January, 10–11am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speaker:
    Dr Harlan Ullman, Senior Advisor, Atlantic Council; Distinguished Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor, US Naval War College
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Events

    American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump

    12 January 2018. 

    Friday 12 January, 12.30-1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
    Chair:
    Dana Allin, Editor, Survival; Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Washington’s wayward Middle East policy

    07 December 2017.  The US has lost the diplomatic initiative on Syria, and its weakened State Department is in no shape to advance Trump's provocative regional agenda.

  • IISS Voices

    President Trump, Jerusalem and the future of US diplomacy

    06 December 2017.  Trump’s abandonment of yet another diplomatic convention may not break the bank but it begs the question as to how much global diplomatic credit the United States has left, writes Dana Allin.

  • IISS Voices

    Challenges, opportunities, and innovation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

    27 October 2017.  The international security community should seek to bring North Korea to its senses, not its knees, advises Commander of the United States Pacific Command Admiral Harry B. Harris.

  • IISS Voices

    Why Washington needs to abandon Cold War mindset in nuclear modernisation plans

    24 October 2017.  America can make better choices for modernising its nuclear forces than simply rebuilding the Cold War nuclear arsenal, argues James Doyle in the latest Adelphi book. In this introduction to his book, he explains that cheaper and more stable alternatives that comply with arms-control treaties are available, if only Washington can move on from its Cold War mindset.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

    28 September 2017. 

    In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed. Trump has also proposed involving India more closely in Afghanistan's economic development, which stands to antagonise Pakistan, the Taliban's key backer. In this light, it appears unlikely that the new policy will succeed.

  • Strategic Comments

    The North Korea crisis

    07 September 2017. 

    North Korea is clearly making rapid progress towards possessing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead. An incoherent US approach involving reckless military threats and economic pressure is not working. The Trump administration should consider diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang before its nuclear ICBM capability becomes a fait accompli.

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