Foreign Affairs

Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
Geopolitics
Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
2019-05-24 19:01:35
by HJ Mai

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led to growing concerns over a potential military conflict. The Trump administration this month deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, bombers... Read More

After A Day of Briefings on Iran, House Democrats Decry Trump's Lack of a 'Coherent Strategy'
Foreign Affairs
After A Day of Briefings on Iran, House Democrats Decry Trump's Lack of a 'Coherent Strategy'
2019-05-21 21:38:28
by Dan McCue

As tension continues to mount here and in the Persian Gulf over a potential armed conflict between the United States and Iran, members of New Democrat Coalition in the House of Representatives say they are "deeply concerned" over the Trump... Read More

Experts Say US-Russian Collaboration on Arms Control Still Vital
Foreign Affairs
Experts Say US-Russian Collaboration on Arms Control Still Vital
2019-05-17 21:14:16
by HJ Mai

The United States and Russia each still possess enough nuclear warheads to ensure mutual destruction in case of an armed conflict between the former superpowers. It’s a scenario that has kept the world and the residents of both countries in... Read More

US Rules Out Negotiation With Venezuela’s Maduro as Opposition Seeks Military Cooperation
Foreign Affairs
US Rules Out Negotiation With Venezuela’s Maduro as Opposition Seeks Military Cooperation

WASHINGTON — The United States for now has ruled out holding any negotiations with Nicolás Maduro and instead is focused on how to orchestrate a “dignified exit” for the Venezuelan leader after an opposition uprising and a series of sanctions... Read More

Pompeo Meets Putin Amid Sharp Differences, Agreement on Better Ties
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Meets Putin Amid Sharp Differences, Agreement on Better Ties

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin told the United States’ top diplomat Tuesday that he was eager to repair relations between their two countries despite sharp differences over the escalating crisis in Iran. Putin spoke alongside Secretary of State Michael... Read More

China to Raise Tariffs on $60 Billion in US Goods Starting June 1
Trade
China to Raise Tariffs on $60 Billion in US Goods Starting June 1
2019-05-13 21:59:46
by Dan McCue

The U.S.-China trade war escalated Monday with Beijing signaling it plans to raise tariffs on about $60 billion in U.S. goods on the heels of the United States slapping new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods last week. Some... Read More

Unique Gathering at United Nations Asks, 'Are You A Responsible Leader?'
In The News
Unique Gathering at United Nations Asks, 'Are You A Responsible Leader?'
2019-05-10 20:48:51
by Dan McCue

Bawa Jain sounded as if he had still not quite come back down to Earth. A week removed from co-hosting the inaugural Responsible Leaders Summit at the United Nations in New York, the indefatigable secretary general of the World Council... Read More

US Announces Seizure of North Korean Cargo Ship for Violating Sanctions
North Korea
US Announces Seizure of North Korean Cargo Ship for Violating Sanctions

WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities have taken custody of a North Korean cargo ship for the first time for allegedly violating sanctions, announcing the seizure Thursday shortly after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles, its second weapons test in less than... Read More

Iran Vows to Stockpile Excess Uranium After US Deploys Navy Carrier
Iran
Iran Vows to Stockpile Excess Uranium After US Deploys Navy Carrier

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president said for the first time Wednesday that his government will stop complying with parts of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal after the White House sent a Navy carrier task force to the region and tightened... Read More

Sanctions on Iran Are Biting, But the Goal Is Elusive
Iran
Sanctions on Iran Are Biting, But the Goal Is Elusive

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his aides say the outcome of their confrontation with Iran is already clear: They’re winning. Iran has fallen into a deep recession; its economy may shrink 6% this year. Inflation is heading toward 40%,... Read More

Pompeo Sees Path Forward With North Korea Despite Weapons Launch
North Korea
Pompeo Sees Path Forward With North Korea Despite Weapons Launch

WASHINGTON — The U.S. still sees a path toward negotiating a deal with Kim Jong Un to give up North Korea’s nuclear weapons even though he may have launched a missile over the weekend, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said.... Read More

In Venezuela, US-Guaido Strategy Flops Again: Is This Working?
Venezuela
In Venezuela, US-Guaido Strategy Flops Again: Is This Working?

CARACAS, Venezuela — In a moment of high drama, opposition leader Juan Guaido stood outside the La Carlota military air base here at sunrise Tuesday with an entourage including defecting soldiers and proclaimed the “final phase” of “Operation Liberty.” By... Read More

Russia Says Trump Initiated Friday’s Call With Putin
Foreign Affairs
Russia Says Trump Initiated Friday’s Call With Putin

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump initiated a lengthy call with his Russian counterpart on Friday, in which Vladimir Putin urged sanctions relief for North Korea and warned against interference in Venezuela, the Russian embassy in Washington said. The leaders’ call... Read More

The Democrats’ Brewing Debate on Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs
The Democrats’ Brewing Debate on Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s entry into the Democratic race for president opens the way for a debate his party and the country both need: a serious argument about foreign policy. Sooner or later, Bernie Sanders will point out — just... Read More

China’s Xi Pledges ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Corruption to Calm Belt and Road Initiative Criticism
Geopolitics
China’s Xi Pledges ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Corruption to Calm Belt and Road Initiative Criticism
2019-04-26 20:22:43
by HJ Mai

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged transparency and zero tolerance for corruption in an attempt to alleviate criticism for his country’s Belt and Road Initiative from the United States that described the massive infrastructure project as a debt trap for poorer... Read More

Bolton Declares Monroe Doctrine ‘Alive and Well’ As White House Eyes Venezuela
Foreign Affairs
Bolton Declares Monroe Doctrine ‘Alive and Well’ As White House Eyes Venezuela
2019-04-19 20:07:47
by HJ Mai

The Trump administration’s ongoing pressure campaign to force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro out of office is based on an almost 200-year-old doctrine – one that was never meant to be a doctrine after all. National Security Advisor John Bolton on... Read More

North Korea Demands Pompeo’s Removal From US Nuclear Talks
Foreign Affairs
North Korea Demands Pompeo’s Removal From US Nuclear Talks

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea demanded that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be removed from direct nuclear negotiations between the countries, turning up pressure after the collapse of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in... Read More

Senators Demand Oversight for Nuclear Energy Talks With Saudi Arabia
Foreign Affairs
Senators Demand Oversight for Nuclear Energy Talks With Saudi Arabia
2019-04-15 17:02:53
by HJ Mai

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would require the  executive branch to issue quarterly reports to Congress when it allows U.S. companies to engage in nuclear energy cooperation with foreign nations. The move comes amid reports... Read More

South Korean Leader’s Visit Highlights Trump’s Stalled Nuclear Talks With Kim Jong Un
Foreign Affairs
South Korean Leader’s Visit Highlights Trump’s Stalled Nuclear Talks With Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that “a third summit could happen” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he worked with South Korea to jump-start stalled nuclear diplomacy on the peninsula. “It’s step by step,” Trump told... Read More

US Denies Entry to 16 Saudis Tied to Jamal Khashoggi’s Death
Foreign Affairs
US Denies Entry to 16 Saudis Tied to Jamal Khashoggi’s Death

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will deny entry to 16 Saudis over “their roles” in the murder of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as the administration seeks to sustain pressure on the kingdom to come up with a credible account of his... Read More

Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
National Security
Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
2019-04-04 15:14:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Two congressional committees met Wednesday on Capitol Hill to figure out the resources they should dedicate to confronting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. During a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing, Pentagon officials explained emerging threats from... Read More

Analysis: Trump Keeps Border Closure Idea Alive — Without Committing
Foreign Affairs
Analysis: Trump Keeps Border Closure Idea Alive — Without Committing

WASHINGTON — Consider Donald Trump the threatener-in-chief. It’s simply how the president starts any negotiation he deems worthy of having. The president has made countless threats about everything from nuclear war with North Korea to firing various Cabinet officials to... Read More

Diplomats, Washington Skittish on Maduro’s Downfall in Venezuela
Foreign Affairs
Diplomats, Washington Skittish on Maduro’s Downfall in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — The excitement in some U.S. and foreign diplomatic circles about the rise of Juan Guaido and an expectation for the fall of Nicolas Maduro has been replaced by frustration over the Venezuelan leader’s staying power and concerns about... Read More

Trump’s Sanctions Staff Dwindles Even as US Expands Economic War
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Sanctions Staff Dwindles Even as US Expands Economic War

WASHINGTON — The U.S. office in charge of financial sanctions, President Donald Trump’s favorite weapon against American adversaries, risks being hobbled by staff departures because of management turmoil and growing private-sector demand for its expertise. Trump has nearly doubled the... Read More

In a Vast, Dust-Swept Landscape, Islamic State Caliphate Ends in Rubble and Wreckage
Foreign Affairs
In a Vast, Dust-Swept Landscape, Islamic State Caliphate Ends in Rubble and Wreckage

BEIRUT — Its militants believed they would conquer Rome, Paris and Washington. It sought to smash the century-old borders that defined the Middle East, and create a project whose central slogan was “Enduring and expanding.” Instead, the culmination of that... Read More

Trump Courts US Jews, Boosts Netanyahu With Call to Recognize Golan Heights as Part of Israel
White House
Trump Courts US Jews, Boosts Netanyahu With Call to Recognize Golan Heights as Part of Israel

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump forcefully interjected himself into Israeli politics Thursday, recognizing the Golan Heights as the country’s territory in a bid to secure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election next month — and perhaps his own a year later.... Read More

Trump Expected to Nominate DC Attorney Christopher Landau as Ambassador to Mexico
Foreign Affairs
Trump Expected to Nominate DC Attorney Christopher Landau as Ambassador to Mexico

MEXICO CITY — President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a Washington attorney, Christopher Landau, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, the White House said Monday night. Trump’s planned appointment comes at a time of tense relations between... Read More

State Department Eliminates 5-Year Tourist Visa for Cubans
Foreign Affairs
State Department Eliminates 5-Year Tourist Visa for Cubans
2019-03-18 16:00:59
by Dan McCue

The U.S. State Department on Friday announced it is eliminating a popular five-year tourist visa for Cubans, needed to achieve "reciprocity" between the visa rules of the U.S. and Cuba. Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, immediately slammed the move, saying... Read More

US Considers Sanctions on Companies Facilitating Venezuelan Oil Shipments to Cuba
Foreign Affairs
US Considers Sanctions on Companies Facilitating Venezuelan Oil Shipments to Cuba

The Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on companies from third countries that facilitate the shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba, a senior administration official said. “The interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, recognized by the U.S. and Europe, where... Read More

America’s Oil and Natural Gas Boom Continues To Reshape Foreign Policy
Energy
America’s Oil and Natural Gas Boom Continues To Reshape Foreign Policy
2019-03-15 23:59:34
by HJ Mai

For decades, U.S. presidents have pursued energy policies aimed at reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. The first commander in chief to achieve the goal of energy independence could be President Donald Trump, with the United States expected to become... Read More

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