Ambassador Heine breaks down the diplomatic shortcomings of the Summit of the Americas, Latin America’s increased engagement with China, as well as the shifting political tides in the region.
“The fact that a mere 23 leaders showed up…for the IX Summit of the Americas, whereas 34 attended the 2015 summit in Panama, is the best indicator of the failure of the Biden administration’s policy towards Latin America.”
In his comments, Ambassador Storella discusses his experience working on the SIV program, notes the rigorous nature of the vetting process, and explains how the Trump administration intentionally broke the program.
President Biden’s assertion that the U.S would defend Taiwan if attacked by China quickly drew ire from China and clarification from his cabinet, but was this a gaffe or part of a two-level game? Professor Shifrinson comments.
In his comments, Ambassador Heine speculates on whether China could mediate in Ukraine.
Ambassadors Garčević and Storella offer insight into Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s virtual address before Congress and how the U.S. might alter support for Ukraine.
David John Young (STH ’87, Pardee ’88), a career member of the Senior Foreign Service will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Malawi.
As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, the Pardee School asked its faculty of leading international affairs scholars and practitioners to share their thoughts on how they believe the leaders of the world – particularly Russia and the U.S. – should act.
Professor Lukes argues that the search for global domination is something that serves Putin’s ego, but does not help the Russian people.
One issue Dean Najam hopes the United States and China can work together on is climate change arguing that as the world’s two top polluters, the U.S. and China need to find ways to coordinate climate mitigation efforts.
Despite President Biden’s posturing himself as all that former President Donald Trump is not, he is increasingly being compared to his enemy due to his recent foreign affairs fumbles. Professor Shifrinson offers his insights on Sweedish Public Television.
“Although his predecessor…gave voice to similar impulses, it is Biden who offers a more coherent version of pragmatic realism – a mode of thought that prizes the advancement of tangible U.S. interests, expects other states to follow their own interests, and changes course to get what the United States needs in a competitive world.”
“‘Extreme vetting’ produced extreme delays that put our allies’ lives at risk and contributed to the desperate scenes we are witnessing in Kabul today.”
“The fact that we haven’t seen the castigation of U.S. credibility in an overt, dramatic way is a more telling indicator.”
“The great withdrawal of the United States from Central Asia, and from the key passageway of Eurasia, will have vast repercussions.”
While the long-term political fallout for the Biden administration from the withdrawal of Afghanistan is unlikely to be significant, but the effects on the international system, and particularly in Central Asia, will be.
In multiple articles, Lt Gen Weinstein applauds President Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal strategy stating, “you can’t focus on all those other activities when you’re mired in Afghanistan.”
“The question has never been about whether the US should leave Afghanistan…It is about the nature of the withdrawal, particularly given that the humanitarian catastrophe should not have come as a shock to the Biden administration.”
As President Biden pushes his infrastructure bill to combat China’s own gains, Professor Ye advises U.S. policymakers to avoid an “oversell of [the] China threat” in relation to the country’s infrastructure investment.
David John Young (STH ’87, Pardee ’88), a career member of the Senior Foreign Service currently Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Malawi.