May 02, 2017

US China Envoy Likely to See Responsibilities Grow Asia-Wide

By Harry Krejsa

They say “personnel is policy.” In foreign relations, U.S. President Donald Trump largely has neither. Key national security posts across the government remain empty, and many of the appointments he has made seem as likely to burn out as they do to eventually shape global affairs.

Mike Flynn became the shortest-serving national security advisor in history, and White House advisor Steve Bannon, while still exerting nationalist influences, has reportedly faded. Hapless Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a much-vaunted international dealmaker from the private sector, has suffered significant missteps abroad and is hemorrhaging credibility.

As a result, this week the Senate is considering an unlikely heir for Trump’s entire foreign policy in Asia: the mild-mannered and mustachioed Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

Read the full article at The Diplomat.

  • Reports
    • January 8, 2020
    Total Competition

    China’s coercive attempts to wield hegemonic control over the South China Sea threaten the sovereignty of Southeast Asian states and international freedom of the seas, both of...

    By Patrick M. Cronin & Ryan Neuhard

  • Commentary
    • Foreign Policy
    • December 27, 2019
    The U.S.-Chinese Trade War Just Entered Phase 2

    The Trump administration’s “phase one” trade deal with China may mark the end of the first chapter of the trade conflict between the United States and China, which saw Washing...

    By Peter Harrell

  • Video
    • December 19, 2019
    CNAS: Bold Ideas for National Security

    This year, CNAS experts brought bold ideas and bipartisan cooperation to the national security conversation. In 2020, the CNAS team will continue tackling the biggest security...

    By Susanna V. Blume, Kara Frederick, Kayla M. Williams, Loren DeJonge Schulman, Richard Fontaine, Kristine Lee, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Ely Ratner, Paul Scharre, Elizabeth Rosenberg & Carrie Cordero

  • Reports
    • December 18, 2019
    Crossed Wires

    The United States’ current diplomacy with North Korea has enduring implications for its strategic competition with China....

    By Kristine Lee, Daniel Kliman & Joshua Fitt

View All Reports View All Articles & Multimedia