International Security News

The Tally

Sep 20, 2013
The Syrians created a crisis by using chemical weapons in a massive attack on August 21, President Barack Obama threatened force but then vacillated, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, recognizing both Obama's strengths and his weaknesses, stepped up, grabbed center stage, and inserted himself directly into a process he'd long avoided. It shows that the right combination of pain and gain is what creates openings and drives big decisions.

China and Japan REALLY Don’t Like Each Other

Sep 04, 2013
A recent survey of Chinese and Japanese citizens views of each other’s countries found that 92.8 percent of Chinese respondents hold unfavorable views of Japan, a startling 28 percent rise from the year before. Similarly, 90.1 percent of respondents in Japan had an unfavorable or relatively unfavorable view of China, compared with 84.3 percent last year. For both countries, these figures were higher than in the previous nine annual surveys conducted.

The Limits of Action In Syria

Aug 28, 2013
Aaron David Miller considers three core questions that need answering about the military action the president is about to authorize in Syria.

China Defense Chief and Hagel Need to Find Balance for Pacific

Aug 23, 2013
Top leaders in both China and the US are concerned about the growing strategic rivalry between the two countries. They are conscious of the historical examples, where the clash of interests between rising powers and established powers has precipitated bloody conflicts. They have endorsed the concept of trying to create a new model of major power relations between China and the US that can prevent history from repeating itself. Whether this will be possible remains to be seen

East Asia: Leaving Post-War Angst Behind

Aug 15, 2013
Irrational nationalism is driving an ever-deeper wedge between Japan, China, and South Korea. All three countries face considerable economic challenges which will be better tackled together, instead of picking at the old wounds from World War II, argues Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto in The Globalist.

Calm Before the Storm

Aug 01, 2013
Does Kerry's trip to Pakistan herald a new era of warm relations for the two reluctant allies? Don't bet on it. The relationship between the United States and Pakistan may be in better shape than it was several years ago, but it remains troubled -- and could easily plunge back into crisis, writes Michael Kugelman.

Latin American Program in the News: Los carteles se fragmentan y expanden

Jul 23, 2013
This article references the Wilson Center publication "La Diáspora Criminal: La difusión transnacional del Crimen Organizado y cómo contener su expansión"

Latin American Program in the News: What Does El Salvador's Homicide Distribution Say About the Gang Truce? and How to Strengthen the Fragile Gang Truce in El Salvador

Jul 18, 2013
Juan Carlos Garzón authored a two-part series in InSight Crime about the geographical distribution of El Salvador's violence since the gang truce in March 2012.

Latin American Program in the News: Lilian Rosales: Irán en Latinoamérica ¿Amenaza o incordio?

Jul 14, 2013
This article mentions the Wilson Center report, “Iran in Latin America: Threat or ‘Axis of Annoyance?’”. This article is in Spanish.

Changing South Korea-China equations and Japan

Jul 10, 2013
Inter-state relations in the Northeast Asian region have changed drastically in recent years thanks to the rapidly evolving new equations among China, Japan and South Korea. The visit made by the newly elected South Korean President Park Geun-hye to Beijing in the last week of June highlighted the changing strategic equations between South Korea and China.

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