Thursday, July 18, 2019
In an unlikely career renaissance, onetime neoconservative darling and Iraq War supporter Zalmay Khalilzad has re-emerged as President Trump’s top envoy in Afghanistan. The Afghan-born Mr. Khalilzad, who made his mark in the George W. Bush White House navigating Washington’s Iraq war policy in the wake of 2003 invasion, is not wasting any time as he seeks to forge an elusive peace deal in America’s longest war, holding three days of talks with top members of the Taliban in Qatar last week. The direct talks with the Afghan Islamist insurgency group...
U.S.Vice President Mike Pence will be attending the US-ASEAN Summit in Singapore and the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in mid-November, where he is expected to highlight the Trump administration's vision of a "free and open Indo-Pacific." The strategy was designed to replace the Obama-era "Pivot to Asia," but as White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara reports, many are still unclear about what this strategy means.
Asian leaders will be meeting at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit in Singapore Nov. 15. Despite evidence of rising authoritarianism, human rights violations and regression of democracy in the region, these issues won't be high on the agenda. What is causing this trend, and why is the Trump administration largely silent on it? White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.