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Most analysis of U.S.
foreign policy focuses on the executive branch. That might make sense when the
same party controls the White House and Congress, but does not apply after the
Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives this year. In fact, U.S.
lawmakers have been taking a more active role in shaping the U.S. approach to
the Indo-Pacific region for several years, most notably on policies toward
China, human rights, trade and North Korea.
Britain's divorce from the European Union has frayed tempers on both sides. Now comes the complex task of negotiating future bilateral relations. EU leaders would be well advised not to give in to the urge to punish the British.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
NATO’s message of unity and
reassurance at the Warsaw summit may end up ringing hollow. The alliance has
done little to address its real vulnerability to substate warfare, while its
eastern buildup perfectly suits Russia’s internal political needs. Meanwhile,
the lack of strategy for dialogue and coordinating the efforts of NATO’s lead
nations may undermine Europe’s collective security.
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
Indonesia is showing signs of dropping its carefully maintained bystander status in the South China Sea disputes. In response to recent Chinese incursions, President Joko Widodo flew to the Natuna islands to confer with his cabinet aboard a navy corvette. More tensions are in store as Beijing tests his resolve.
Yang Razali Kassim
Germany has emerged as the surprise foreign policy leader in the European Union following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Its close economic and energy ties with Moscow have given it the chance to offer a negotiated way out of the conflict or face tougher sanctions. So far Russia has succeeded only in driving Ukraine closer to the West.
Dr. Frank Umbach