Trump, who claimed the deal would undermine the U. Human rights advocates say the U. Vietnam became the seventh country to ratify the pact , in November Nevertheless, economists expect trade with the United States to continue thriving. The United States is now the top destination for Vietnamese goods, including textiles, electronics, and animal products such as seafood. Top U. Source: U. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade. A number of challenges loom over the budding commercial relationship.
As he has with several other U. This deficit is in goods. Washington and Hanoi have also made significant headway on the security front. MIA personnel and included cooperation on search and rescue operations, environmental security, and demining; Vietnamese attendance at U. Pacific Command conferences and seminars; and high-level military exchanges.
The security relationship has focused on enhancing exchanges between the U. The country was an observer in and Tensions between the neighbors reached a climax in when China deployed an oil rig into disputed waters, a move that prompted widespread anti-China protests and violence across Vietnam.
Periodic anti-China protests continue to erupt in Vietnam. As a result, Vietnam has increasingly viewed its security cooperation with the United States as a check against Chinese assertiveness. Though defense and security cooperation has come a long way in the more than twenty years since the normalization of relations, obstacles remain. Lingering Vietnamese distrust of U.
Hanoi was the site of the second U. The Southeast Asian nation served as the host for a variety of reasons, including generally amiable ties with both Pyongyang and Washington and the opportunity to showcase its economic success as an alternative course for North Korea. Defense Department institute. Yet, some analysts have questioned whether Vietnam should revisit its non-alignment policy.
Carlyle A. But the president has done virtually nothing in terms of leadership in changing U. He has just modified, through executive order, some of the restrictions. The changes so far only affect students and religious organisations. Q: President Obama extended the embargo through Sep. Does this policy have a future in a globalised world?
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A: Our embargo against Cuba made some strategic sense during the Cold War but, of course, even that rationale disappeared 20 years ago with the end of the Soviet Union. But after 50 years, the embargo has failed to change the nature or the practices of the Cuban regime. It has isolated the United States from other countries and reduced U.
It has cost the United States billions of dollars in potential exports and restricted the freedom of American to travel in Cuba and do business there. It is just a failure by any measure and completely out of step with global trends towards more trade and foreign investment and economic integration. Q: Denouncing U. Can we expect stronger international pressure this year and does the denunciation have any real meaning at this point? A: Any declaration from U.
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N members will have a very limited effect on U. That policy is really driven by domestic U. Q: Do you foresee any further opening of U. While refusing to concede that separate authorization was legally necessary, the administration opted to secure a new AUMF for the Iraq War. Did they harbor those who did? Even if those that look dormant are a potential source of mischief for any president who decides to reanimate them.
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His challengers on the Democratic side seem to agree. Although in Trump authorized a small surge of troops and left the military strategy essentially unchanged, his special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has made significant progress in direct negotiations with the Taliban. Daunting obstacles remain, but a political settlement that could include a U. The second is to assume that a withdrawal from Afghanistan will, as in Iraq, result in the emergence of a rapacious terrorist army prone to spectacular atrocities and harboring vast territorial ambitions.
Their third mistake is buying into the safe haven myth — that is, the claim that the presence of terrorists in Afghanistan represents a major security threat to the United States.
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First, the U. In any case, the Obama administration merely complied with the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the Bush administration in , which permitted U. Baghdad refused to grant U. Even if the White House had pressured Iraq more, the small contingent of U. Citing the rise of ISIS may be a psychologically potent way to scare policymakers away from ending the war in Afghanistan, but it is an argument based on a misunderstanding of a separate case with entirely different actors, dynamics, and context.
In fact, it seems to have had little, if any, operational utility beyond luring the United States into the graveyard of empires. Technological innovation and increasingly widespread access to the Internet has only made instant communication across borders, oceans, and time-zones easier in the ensuing years.
Anyone predicting Afghanistan will be all hunky dory after a U. But the question for Americans is whether we are really made safer by stubbornly clinging to the same failed strategy in Afghanistan. For further scrutiny of these and related questions about the war in Afghanistan, check out our new Policy Analysis here.
One problem among many the United States has experienced in leading a vast array of allies and security dependents is that periodic quarrels break out among such clients. Even when the disputes are parochial and petty, the degree of animosity generated frequently is not.
Not only does Washington then face the prospect of one or more of those allies breaking ranks and undermining U. As I discussed in an American Conservative article in late July, the ongoing bilateral disputes involve both economic and security issues—as well as matters of intense national pride. The quarrel already had reached an alarming level at that time, but it has grown noticeable worse since then.
A full-blown cold war between Tokyo and Seoul is now a possibility. The trade spat that had been simmering for months escalated sharply on August 2 when Japan removed South Korea from a favored trading nations list, disadvantaging ROK products and putting the overall bilateral economic relationship in jeopardy. That hostile move prompted Seoul to threaten retaliatory measures , including withdrawing from the military intelligence sharing agreement it maintains with Japan and the United States.
Japanese and South Korean quarrels have flared on numerous occasions before, and the United States has found itself pressed into the role of diplomatic peacemaker.
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Since Turkey and Greece joined NATO in , they not only have frequently pursued conflicting foreign policy goals, they also have nearly come to blows on several occasions, most notably during a confrontation over Cyprus in Washington was barely able to prevent an intra-NATO war on that occasion. Over the decades, Turkey also has made a habit of sending its warplanes into Greek airspace, stoking tensions. Rather than continue to be a referee between chronically quarrelsome allies who can barely abide one another, U.
That question certainly should be asked about the bilateral security pacts with Japan and South Korea.