Security and Defense News

Pakistan's Number One Threat

Aug 13, 2013
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly declared that his number one priority is rebuilding his country’s economy. But Wilson Center and Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani warns, in an article published in the Foreign Policy’s AFPAK channel, that the Sharif government may face an even more urgent task: combatting the domestic terrorism that threatens the very future of Pakistan.

Two Reasons Why Laredo Has Less Homicides than Nuevo Laredo

Aug 07, 2013
So-called spillover violence has long been a concern of residents of U.S. communities along the Southwest border, yet spikes in violent crime along the Mexican side of the border rarely impact rates of violence in the United States. InSight Crime’s Steven Dudley exams the forces behind these statistics in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo.

The Expanding Indo-Japanese Partnership

Aug 05, 2013
Asia Program Public Policy Scholar K. V. Kesavan discusses this year’s Indo-Japan summit and the expanding Indo-Japanese Partnership.

Pakistan's Sectarian Meltdown

Aug 01, 2013
Stability is Washington’s core interest in nuclear-armed, volatile Pakistan. This is why it agonizes over the Pakistani Taliban’s (TTP) vicious campaign of anti-state terror. Yet, it’s arguably sectarian violence that poses the greatest threat to Pakistan’s long-term stability, writes Michael Kugelman in The National Interest.

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.

Op-Eds and Media Highlights: Summer 2013

Jul 31, 2013
See op-eds and select media appearances for our staff, scholars, and affiliates.

Eric L. Olson Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere

Jul 20, 2013
Olson joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on regional security cooperation in Central America.

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.

Alfredo Corchado On the Capture of "40" the Leader of the Zetas Drug Cartel

Jul 16, 2013
“This guy has defined the decade,” Alfredo Corchado told the Wilson Center. “He changed the dynamics of trafficking. He was a game changer. Communities have been silenced because of him.” Alfredo Corchado worked on his book "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness" while a Wilson Center public policy scholar in 2010.

Latin American Program in the News: "Gun smuggling to Mexico dented, but hardly slowed, by border searches"

Jul 12, 2013
This article on smuggled weapons coming into Mexico features quotes from Eric Olson.

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