Security and Defense News

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]

Kerry in Asia: Fleshing Out the Rebalance

Apr 12, 2013
Newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry is in Asia this week amidst a rising sense of crisis prompted by weeks of bellicose rhetoric and increasingly dangerous threats by regional bad boy North Korea.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia’s BACRIM: On the Road to Extinction?

Apr 11, 2013
InSight Crime covers a new report by Daniel Rico on the decline of Colombia's organized crime and drug-trafficking groups, Bacrim.

Latin American Program in the News: Admite Costa Rica que capos de México y Colombia usan su territorio

Apr 11, 2013
The Latin America Program's event, "The Transnational Nature of Organized Crime in the Americas” was discussed in this article about Mexican and Colombian cartels entering Costa Rica. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: As Colombian Drug Gangs Collapse, Mexican Cartels Get Tons of Cheap Coke

Apr 11, 2013
This article covers a working brief by Daniel Rico on the weakening of the Colombian organized crime and drug-trafficking groups, Bacrim, and the transfer of power to Mexican cartels.

Where Does Nuclear Diplomacy Stand Now?

Apr 11, 2013
In this interview, Iran nuclear expert Michael Adler describes the outcome of the latest P5+1 talks in Kazakhstan.

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