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November 21, 2016

Defense and Security
Mending the Broken Dialogue

Overview As commander in chief of the armed forces, the president of the United States bears great responsibility in determining when and how to use military force. To make such decisions, the pre…

November 14, 2017

Conflict Prevention
Preventive Engagement

Stares proposes a comprehensive new strategy for how the United States can manage an increasingly turbulent world and reduce the risk of costly military commitments.

October 31, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Sovereignty Wars

Protecting sovereignty while advancing American interests in a global age

October 18, 2017

China
18th Party Congress China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

This blog is cross-posted with CFR's Asia Unbound.  The 19th Party Congress is almost here, bringing with it a slew of questions about China’s future, such as whether President Xi Jinping will bre…

October 10, 2017

China
A general view shows delegates raising their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing November 14, 2012. China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The 19th Party Congress is almost here, bringing with it a slew of questions about China’s future,…

October 6, 2017

United States
The State of U.S. Infrastructure The State of U.S. Infrastructure

As President Trump readies his first budget, debate has intensified over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major shortfall…

September 27, 2017

North Korea
Kim Jong Un’s Direct Response to Trump’s Threatening UN Speech Kim Jong Un’s Direct Response to Trump’s Threatening UN Speech

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released an unprecedented direct statement through KCNA in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s bombastic UN General Assembly speech. It deserves caref…

September 27, 2017

China
China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and arguably has the most leverage on Kim Jong-un’s regime. But analysts say Beijing’s policies remain focused on border stability.

September 25, 2017

United States
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017. Trump's Sovereignty Doctrine

In an op-ed recently published in U.S. News and World Report, I assess what the president got right and wrong about sovereignty. President Donald Trump's reckless threat to "totally destroy" Nort…

September 26, 2017

North Korea
A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea. What to Know About the Sanctions on North Korea

World powers continue to punish North Korea with economic sanctions, but problems persist with enforcement, and it's unclear if they'll be enough to pressure Pyongyang back into denuclearization talk…