The Brief, June 2016

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June 13, 2016

U.S. Shifts Strategy Against Taliban

Experts said a U.S. airstrike that killed a Taliban leader in Pakistan demonstrates a shift in U.S. strategies to defeat militant groups. 

Global Policy Program Director Daniel S. Markey told The Washington Post the U.S. has switched tactics because "the war in Afghanistan is not going well, the government of Afghanistan is facing trouble, (and) the Taliban insurgency is escalating." Read more

Dean Vali Nasr said on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS that with the attack, the U.S. administration "essentially escalated the war with the Taliban and then declared that it's extending the territory of the war now into Pakistan." Hear more

Dean Vali Nasr warned in The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. strategy of killing militant group leaders could create greater chaos and "a new cycle of attacks and counterattacks." Read more
A New Era for U.S.-Asia Relations? 

In May, President Barack Obama visited Vietnam and Japan, a trip experts said served as a symbol of reconciliation and an opportunity to restore relations with Asia.

Director of Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies Kent E. Calder told the Nikkei Asian Review that the president has a personal interest in visiting Hiroshima because of "his desire to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the world." Read more

Southeast Asia Studies Program Associate Director Bill Wise told The Associated Press that the lifting of a U.S. ban on selling weapons to Vietnam demonstrated to skeptics that engagement with America is paying off. Read more

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Afshin Molavi said on CCTV’s The Heat that the president's trip to Asia is symbolically important and "good for the dignity of the office," but Obama has done little to reduce the world’s nuclear stockpile.  Watch more
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