Security and Defense News

Obama's Syria Dilemma

Apr 30, 2013
President Obama is now faced with a dilemma: Defending his red line could undermine his carefully crafted strategy of steering clear of direct military involvement in the Syria crisis. Aaron David Miller notes several points the president should keep in mind as he grapples with this conundrum.
Jane Harmon discusses Syria on Morning Joe

Chemical Weapons in Syria?

Apr 29, 2013
Jane Harman appears on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria.

Keeping the Lights On: Cyber Threats and the North American Power Grid

Apr 25, 2013
Attempted cyber attacks on critical infrastructure occur daily throughout the world. And the job of protecting critical infrastructure from potentially catastrophic disruptions is a 24-7 undertaking. Leading cyber security expert Mark Fabro discusses the U.S. and Canadian efforts to protect the North American power grid.

Every American Muslim's Fear After the Boston Bombing

Apr 22, 2013
The Tsarnaev brothers are Muslim. They are homegrown jihadists. But careful, writes Wilson Center Fellow Charles King, are these terrorists really any different from Adam Lanza and other mass murderers?

The Boston Bombing Suspects and The Caucasus

Apr 22, 2013
So far the links between the horrors in Boston and the distant region of the North Caucasus are tenuous. The operative comparison in the coming days may not be with bearded jihadists fighting in the forests of the North Caucasus but rather with homegrown American terrorists radicalized by the internet and misguided youthful ardor. We must all wait for the facts to come out, writes Charles King in the Wall Street Journal.

Bombing Suspect: Civilian or Enemy Combatant?

Apr 22, 2013
With the Boston bombing suspect now in custody, how do we balance his constitutional protections as a U.S. citizen with the need to get intelligence on other possible threats? Jane Harman debated this question with a panel on Fox News Sunday.

Not Your Average Chechen Jihadis

Apr 22, 2013
Ever since the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were identified as ethnic Chechens, the national conversation about the incident seemed to focus on the connection between the violence and Chechnya. In this op-ed from Foreign Affairs, Charles King describes various implications of the brother's Chechen background.

How Geography Explains the United States

Apr 19, 2013
National security in the U.S. has been a topic widely discussed after the explosions in Boston. Aaron David Miller explains how the geography of the U.S. -- with "non-predatory neighbors to its north and south and fish to its east and west" -- has shaped American politics and values throughout its history.

Ukrainian Historians Post 10,000 Documents on the Internet

Apr 17, 2013
The new digital archive ("D-Archive") of the Ukrainian Center for Research on the Liberation Movement (CDVR) allows for free access over the Internet to more than ten thousand digitized copies of documents from Ukrainian archives.

Latin American Program in the News: Ven Narco Mexicano Dominar Colombia

Apr 16, 2013
This article highlights the Latin American Program's working brief by Daniel Rico, La Dimension Internacional del Crimen Organizado en Colombia: Las Bacrim, sus Rutas y Refugios. [In Spanish]

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