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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Trump’s first year and the problem of appeasement

Should Trump be appeased? Dana Allin reflects on the president’s first year in office.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Iowa and theories of politics

    02 February 2016.  If the metric is which party at least marginally improved its chances of winning the presidency next November, then Republicans had a better night in Iowa. They improved their chances not because Texas Senator Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump for first place in the Iowa caucus – both men constitute prima facie electoral disasters for the GOP – but because of the strong third place showing of Senator Marco Rubio. Young...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The Iran deal shows its worth

    18 January 2016.  Although nothing US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry do passes without vitriol from political opponents, 16 January was a very good day for US-Iranian diplomacy. Most importantly, it was ‘Implementation Day’ for the Iran nuclear accord.  Release of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and four other detained US-Iran dual citizens was an important added bonus. Besides the humanitarian and justice angles, it removes one of the...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Obama’s Last State of the Union

    13 January 2016.  Leadership through partnership works; democracy without solidarity does not. These are two of the central arguments Barack Obama makes in his eighth and final State of the Union address as president of the United States. The first argument builds on the premise that the United States cannot lead by trying to do everything itself; it has to make sure ‘other countries pull their own weight’. The second rests on the...

  • Strategic Comments

    US election: Clinton versus whom?

    15 December 2015. 

    With such a crowded field, predicting the future of the Republican contest is more difficult than usual. The task for the victor will be to emerge from the primary campaign without having disqualified himself from appealing to a national electorate.

  • 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...

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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.