International Security Challenges


    • Podcast

    Trump’s First Test in Asia, Part I

    A recent departure from past anti-China rhetoric and Trump’s renewed commitment to regional alliances suggest the potential for a constructive U.S.-China relationship moving forward.

    • Testimony

    U.S. Policy and Strategy in Europe

    The challenge before the United States is to manage, without illusions, a difficult and combative relationship with Russia.

    • Op-Ed

    A Looming Nuclear Expansion

    As the North Korean atomic crisis gathers momentum, the Trump administration is suggesting that the option of letting the East Asian allies acquire nuclear options is on the table.

    • Op-Ed

    China and America Need a One-Korea Policy

    Both the United States and China have to recognize the reality, if not the legitimacy, of each other’s fears about North Korea and make concessions that indicate their good faith in eventually moving toward a Korean Peninsula that is united.

    • Op-Ed

    What It’ll Take to Forge Peace in Cyberspace

    • Tim Maurer, Jason Healey
    • March 20, 2017
    • Christian Science Monitor

    The international community has finally started a serious conversation about norms in cyberspace. But reaching a global consensus needs the world’s attention.

    • Article

    The Mirage of the Deal: Trump’s Grand Bargains with Russia and China

    Trump needs to look beyond illusory bargains with Russia and China and instead develop clear-eyed frameworks to manage bilateral disagreements and make progress on common policy objectives based on U.S. national security interests.

    • Op-Ed

    Can Trump Stop Kim Jong Un?

    North Korea has nuclear weapons, something that won’t change anytime soon. As bad as this is, recognizing that status in a way that paves the road for South Korea to follow suit would be even worse.

    • Prognosticating Proliferation in Asia

      With the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action diminishing the near-term prospect of an Iranian nuclear bomb, most proliferation prognosticators would likely pick South Korea, Japan, or perhaps Taiwan as the next place that could opt to develop nuclear weapons.

      • Testimony

      Checking China’s Maritime Push

      The only effective way to create a more stable environment in the maritime areas near China is for the United States to lead a serious diplomatic dialogue with Beijing and other claimants aimed at establishing mutually acceptable restraints, accompanied by strong U.S. and allied deterrence signals.

      • Testimony

      China’s Advanced Weapons

      • James M. Acton
      • February 23, 2017
      • U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

      What can be learned about China’s hypersonic boost-glide weapon program from flight tests, and the implications of the program for the security of the United States and our allies.

    Carnegie Experts on
    International Security Challenges

    • expert thumbnail - Acton
      James M. Acton
      Jessica T. Mathews Chair
      Nuclear Policy Program
      Acton holds the Jessica T. Mathews Chair and is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    • expert thumbnail - Feigenbaum
      Evan A. Feigenbaum
      Nonresident Senior Fellow
      Asia Program
      Feigenbaum’s work focuses principally on China and India, geopolitics in Asia, and the role of the United States in East, Central, and South Asia. His previous positions include deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia, and member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific.
    • expert thumbnail - Haenle
      Paul Haenle
      Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
      Haenle served as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama prior to joining Carnegie.
    • expert thumbnail - Bin
      Li Bin
      Senior Fellow
      Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program
      Li is a senior fellow working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    • expert thumbnail - Mathews
      Jessica Tuchman Mathews
      Distinguished Fellow
      Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served as Carnegie’s president for 18 years.
    • expert thumbnail - Mohan
      C. Raja Mohan
      Nonresident Senior Fellow
      Carnegie India
      A leading analyst of India’s foreign policy, Mohan is also an expert on South Asian security, great-power relations in Asia, and arms control.
    • expert thumbnail - Paal
      Douglas H. Paal
      Vice President for Studies
      Paal previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and as unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan.
    • expert thumbnail - Swaine
      Michael D. Swaine
      Senior Fellow
      Asia Program
      Swaine is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and one of the most prominent American analysts in Chinese security studies.
    • expert thumbnail - Xuetong
      Yan Xuetong
      President, Carnegie–Tsinghua Management Board
      Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
      Yan Xuetong is one of China’s leading experts on China’s foreign policy, national security, and U.S.-China relations. At Tsinghua University, he is dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations.
    • expert thumbnail - Zhao
      Tong Zhao
      Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
      Tong Zhao is a fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

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