Backgrounder posted August 11, 2016
Chinese Foot-dragging on North Korea Thwarts U.S. Security Interests
North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, held in January 2016, paradoxically triggered a stronger international response than any of its first three. Although this latest test was not significantly larger than its previous ones, it did result in an international consensus that stronger, more comprehensive sanctions must be imposed on North Korea for its serial violations of its…
Testimony posted July 18, 2016
Evaluating the Financial Risks in China
Testimony before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
July 14, 2016
My name is William Wilson. I am a Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation.
Despite its size, direct global…
Issue Brief posted July 7, 2016
Eight Essential Issues for the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw
The 2016 NATO Summit will be held on July 8 and 9 in Warsaw. This is a critical time for the Alliance. In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine, forcefully changing the borders of Europe for the first time since 1945. This invasion jarred many in Western Europe and the U.S. who had viewed Russia through rose-colored glasses even after the invasion of Georgia in 2008.
Issue Brief posted June 20, 2016
The President Should Announce U.S. Troop Extension in Afghanistan Before the 2016 NATO Summit
The 2016 NATO summit will be held on July 8 and 9 in Warsaw, Poland. It will be the first summit since NATO ended its combat operations in Afghanistan in December 2014 and started its Resolute Support mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).
President Barack Obama should announce—before the summit—that he will leave in…
Issue Brief posted June 16, 2016
Holding the Cambodian Government Accountable to Democracy
Democracy in Cambodia is backsliding. The flawed elections of July 2013 led to severe restrictions on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of speech.
Nineteen governments, including the U.S., signed the Paris Peace Agreements on October 23, 1991, following the defeat of the Khmer Rouge, a brutal Communist political regime that killed an estimated 1.7…
Testimony posted June 15, 2016
Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition: A New Era for the U.S.–Sri Lanka Relationship
Testimony before The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
June 9, 2016
My name is Lisa Curtis. I am Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation.
I would like to take this opportunity to…
Backgrounder posted May 5, 2016
The Prospects for Economic Transition in China Are Questionable
During the financial and economic crisis of 2008 and 2009, Beijing passed a $600 billion stimulus package (representing 13.4 percent of Chinese gross domestic product (GDP)) which allowed China to breeze through the worst global contraction since the Great Depression. With the U.S. mired in depression-like conditions, some believed that the “Beijing Consensus” of…