U.S. Foreign Policy

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jul 1, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been called an "opportunity for American economic development" and an "infringement on its sovereignty." We examine the pros and cons of the proposed trade agreement. 


  • Kurt Tong is the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.
  • Jonathan Weisman is an economic correspondent for The New York Times.
Albright Stonebridge Group

Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State when she took her oath of office in 1997.  On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Secretary Albright about the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, life after the state department, and the importance of women in politics.


Random House

For those who think steadfast policy and international cooperation led to America's accomplishments on the global stage, Stephen Sestanovich says, think again. The former U.S. ambassador-at-large to the Soviet Union argues it has been when the U.S. has changed course from established strategies that it has realized success in the world.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

What if Congress turns down President Obama’s request for authorization to attack Syria? And what if the president proceeds anyway -- even though the American people are saying in polls that they oppose such a move? 

How ethical would that be?

Some might say that when it comes to matters of life and death, an American president ought to have the backing of Congress or the American people.

Then there’s this looming question of whether the U.S. and other nations should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The reason? Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Over the past few years, the United States has started to withdraw its aid and influence from regions like the Middle East, and that is creating space for other countries to assume more powerful positions.

U.S. Department of Defense

Was it wrong for fans to cheer at Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel's injury? What about the scandal of Gen. David Petraeus and his extra-marital affair-- is it any of our business?

Donald Rumsfeld has served as both the youngest and oldest Secretary of Defense.  While many may not remember much of his first stint at the post, his second go at the job, for better or worse, secured his place in history.