Policy Papers

Primary Jurisdiction of Humanitarian Concern: A New Tool to Blunt China’s Campaign in Xinjiang

September 25, 2020 Michael Sobolik American Foreign Policy Council

Understanding the logic of China’s atrocities in Xinjiang is impossible apart from accounting for the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) needs Xinjiang to function as a critical OBOR hub, and is cracking down on Uyghurs and other minority groups to establish total control over the territory. U.S. policymakers should exploit this logic and consider sanctioning commerce passing through Xinjiang.

Hypersonic Weapons

May 17, 2019 Margot van Loon, Larry M. Wortzel, Mark B. Schneider

Hypersonic weapons are coming online just as the United States shifts its focus back to great power competition as its most pressing national security threat.

Iran Strategy Brief No. 13: Reforming U.S. Persian Language Media - A preliminary Assessment

April 22, 2019 Ilan I. Berman

In the Spring of 2017, the management of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. government’s official coordinating body for international media, approached the American Foreign Policy Council with a request. In response to persistent criticism from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, as well as mounting pressure from the newly-inaugurated Trump administration, the agency sought to commission an independent review of the content of its Persian-language media outreach. Such a process, BBG professionals explained, would help the agency to identify and rectify significant deficiencies at a time when the role of U.S. broadcasting toward the Islamic Republic was a topic of growing scrutiny (and skepticism) among those formulating the country’s strategy toward Iran...