Security and Defense News

Mali: It’s Salafi-Jihadist Insurgency, Stupid!

Jan 29, 2013
On January 28, a new report by the Quilliam Foundation warned that the Mali conflict has now evolved into a global security threat. The latest chapter in the half-century old conflict began in July 2012 when Islamic extremists linked to al Qaeda seized control of northern Mali. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been winning recruits since the mid-2000s, rebranding the Taureg nationalist movement as an Islamist one.

Latin American Program in the News: Obama is Empowered

Jan 22, 2013
Our Director, Cynthia J. Arnson was interviewed by El Espectador on Obama's second term. (IN SPANISH)

Latin American Program in the News: Latin America 2013: Political Outlook

Jan 03, 2013
Trouble in Argentina and Venezuela and elections in Chile, Ecuador, Honduras and Paraguay.

Japan in 2013: Insecurities to loom larger

Jan 03, 2013
Senior scholar Nobuo Fukuda discusses the insecurities facing Japan in 2013 from national defense and security to energy and the economy on CNN.

Japan Votes to Go Back to the Future

Jan 03, 2013
Northeast Asia Associate Shihoko Goto discusses what the re-emergence of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party under Shinzo Abe means for the country in The Globalist.

2012’s Top 'New Security Beat' Posts

Jan 03, 2013
If 2011 was the year of political demography, then 2012 was perhaps when the full intersection of natural resource management, population dynamics, development, and security came into focus.

North Korea's Dangerous Ambition

Dec 19, 2012
North Korea's first successful rocket launch is a truly dangerous development. Although the North Koreans have previously detonated two nuclear devices, until now they have not demonstrated any ability to deliver them. Weaponizing a missile is hard, but Pyongyang's close ally Iran has made great advances in miniaturizing warheads. With the combination of North Korea's nuclear bombs and Iran's technology, a nuclear-tipped missile could be capable of striking the West Coast of the United States in the near future. We can no longer afford to ignore North Korea.

Pakistan Scholar Simbal Khan Weighs in on U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

Dec 19, 2012
The Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar offers insights about the U.S.-Pakistan relationship as President Obama prepares for his second term.

Middle East in 2013: Promise and (Lots of) Peril

Dec 18, 2012
The Middle East faces even bigger challenges in 2013 than it did during the first two years of the so-called Arab Spring. So far—a pivotal caveat—the Arab uprisings have deepened the political divide, worsened economic woes and produced greater insecurity. Solutions are not imminent either.

Mexico's Drug War Takes New Direction-Mexico Institute In the News

Dec 18, 2012
Eric L. Olson discusses Peña Nieto's security strategy in the Wall Street Journal.

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