Drones News

Fighting Terrorism Softly

Jul 10, 2012
“Unfortunately, one of the greatest security threats to this country continues to be the hijacking not only of our airplanes, but also of our national narrative....and while the "hard power" represented by drone strikes and aircraft carriers is essential to our security, living and portraying our values is as - if not more - important in the long run," writes Wilson Center President, Director, and CEO Jane Harman in CNN's Security Clearance.
Jane Harman Speaking at Georgetown University

The Tough Issues and Why Washington Can’t Solve Them

Mar 15, 2012
Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman decried the inability of Congress and the executive branch to debate fully and explain to the American people a post-9/11 legal framework, warning that the failure to do so meant important issues like cybersecurity, foreign versus domestic intelligence gathering, targeted killing, and preventive detention, remained unaddressed, and would have consequences, not least by preventing America from winning the moral argument with the next-generation of would-be terrorists.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Vote May Determine Future of Drug War

Feb 03, 2012
Enrique Pena Nieto, a front-runner in the Mexican presidential race, is in the PRI, which is known for allowing drug cartels power. U.S. policy-makers are concerned for what may happen with the drug war if he wins the election.

The U.S. Should Not Abandon Pakistan

Jan 10, 2012
Robert M. Hathaway argues that the US must not abandon efforts in Pakistan. He instead recommends continued economic aid, directed and monitored by skilled technical experts, with Pakistani co-investment and emphasis on job growth.

Edging toward an Endgame in Afghanistan?

Oct 27, 2011
On this month’s ten-year anniversary of U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan, Michael Kugelman of the Asia Program offers an analysis of the conflicting forces that are challenging the regional peace process and discusses changes in U.S. policy approaches toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Armed Drones Revolutionized Airpower

Oct 13, 2011
The success of the armed Predator has sparked a revolution in unmanned aircraft, making it “arguably the most important new military technology since the nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile,” according to a paper by Wilson Center Senior Scholar Richard Whittle.

In bin Laden's Death, CIA Drones Played Their Part

May 02, 2011
The armed drones the CIA has been flying over Pakistan didn't kill Osama bin Laden, but drones undoubtedly played a key role in finding him. Public Policy Scholar Richard Whittle explains how military drones are changing the battlefield in Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden Is Dead. What's Next?

May 02, 2011
Following the killing of Osama bin Laden by a U.S. special forces raid in Pakistan, Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman and other experts weigh in on what this means for U.S.-Pakistan relations, the United States' counter-terrorism strategy, and more.

Tread Lightly With Pakistan's Lashkars

Jul 16, 2009
As Pakistan's army prepares for an assault on the tribal area of South Waziristan, Islamabad may be looking to strengthen its links with tribal militias, or lashkars. This would be a mistake, writes the Asia Program's Michael Kugelman. He explains why close associations with lashkars pose grave risks.

Challenges From Pakistan

May 18, 2009
Pakistan has become the supreme challenge for American foreign policy, says Wilson Center Director Lee Hamilton. We must state our objective in Pakistan clearly, better integrate our military and civilian efforts to build Pakistani capabilities, and increase our non-military assistance to Pakistan.

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