Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mr. Obama Goes to New Delhi; India Keeps US Guessing

President Barack Obama’s visit to India shows the importance he places on that relationship, but New Delhi has yet to spell out where the US fits into its plans, says Bharat Gopalaswamy, a South Asia analyst at the Atlantic Council.

How US views ‘surprise honour’ by Modi

Officials and experts in Washington view Barack Obama’s visit as setting a different tone for a reinvigorated partnership with India.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A New King: Salman Will Keep Saudi Arabia on Course 

Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, is unlikely to depart sharply from the policies of his half-brother and predecessor, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died on Friday, according to Atlantic Council analyst Richard LeBaron.

New Saudi King Has A Lot on His Plate 

Saudi Arabia’s new king will have his hands full dealing with multiple challenges, both at home and abroad, says Atlantic Council analyst Bilal Y. Saab.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rousseff Version 2.0: A New Chapter in US-Brazil Ties?

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s second term in office may present an opportunity for Washington and Brasilia to improve relations.

Despite recent bumps in the road in the US-Brazil relationship, Anthony S. Harrington, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Brazil from 1999 to 2001, said he was “cautiously optimistic that we can turn the page again in 2015 and begin to regain the momentum that we saw at the beginning of President Rousseff’s administration.”

As US, Cuba Open Talks, Congress Is Likely to Favor a Gradual ‘Chipping Away’ at Embargo 

As US and Cuban officials meet in Havana this week for their first talks on normalizing relations, Congress is likely to favor moving slowly on President Obama's request for the lifting of the United States’ five-decade-old trade embargo on Cuba, says Atlantic Council analyst Rachel DeLevie-Orey.

‘Heightened Risk’ of Terrorist Attack in West, Top Pentagon Official Says

There is a “heightened risk” of terrorist attacks in the West by groups that have proliferated as a result of the war in Syria and the influence of social media, according to the Pentagon’s top intelligence policy official.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In Yemen, a US Policy Focused on Drones Missed the Roots of Instability and Terror

The chaos in Yemen underscores that the United States and its allies need a comprehensive security and economic strategy for that country, says Atlantic Council analyst Danya Greenfield. Yemen’s decline, marked yesterday as Shiite tribesmen besieged the presidential offices, has given new room for growth to the Yemen-based Islamist militant group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Obama’s Passage to India: A Chance to 'Revitalize' Bilateral Relations 

President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi this month presents an opportunity to “regenerate, restart, and revitalize” the bilateral relationship with India, according to Senator Mark R. Warner, co-chairman of the bipartisan Senate India Caucus. 

An opportunity to improve India-US ties

US President Barack Obama’s historic decision to visit India in January provides an opportunity to focus attention on an important bilateral relationship and, some members of the US Congress hope, address some obstacles in its path.