Security and Defense News

Jane Harman Speaking at Georgetown University

The Tough Issues and Why Washington Can’t Solve Them

Mar 15, 2012
Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman decried the inability of Congress and the executive branch to debate fully and explain to the American people a post-9/11 legal framework, warning that the failure to do so meant important issues like cybersecurity, foreign versus domestic intelligence gathering, targeted killing, and preventive detention, remained unaddressed, and would have consequences, not least by preventing America from winning the moral argument with the next-generation of would-be terrorists.

Geoff Dabelko on Finding Common Ground Among Conservation, Development, and Security at the 2011 WWF Fuller Symposium

Mar 15, 2012
Bridging the divide between the conservation and security communities “requires that we check some stereotypes at the door,” said ECSP’s Geoff Dabelko at the World Wildlife Fund’s Conservation Forward: Ideas That Work and How Science Can Effect Change symposium.
Stefan Froehlich on Context

The Future of US-EU Relations

Mar 14, 2012
Once shoulder to shoulder allies against the USSR, the US and the EU still share many common challenges. In this interview Stefan Froehlich discusses trans-Atlantic ties, analyzing the impact of austerity budgets and a reduced US military presence on European security.

Mexico Institute in the News: A New Strategy on the Border

Mar 13, 2012
US Border Patrol implements new strategy to secure the border, even though there are critics against it.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Drug Lord's Fate is Focus of Election Year Speculation

Mar 12, 2012
If Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug suspect, were to be captured before the Presidential elections, views of current President Calderón would be better, which would in turn help the PAN candidate.

Mexico Institute: February Highlights

Mar 09, 2012
Each month, the Mexico Institute will review and highlight the month’s activities and feature them here. Visitors will be able to watch the recap from our most recent events, browse our new publications, and read articles that feature key media appearances of the Mexico Institute staff.

Growing gulf in Afghanistan

Mar 09, 2012
The rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan has thrown America’s exit plan into peril, casting doubts on whether an orderly withdrawal from the war-torn country is still possible.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Election May Change How War on Drugs is Fought

Mar 09, 2012
Whoever is elected President of Mexico is likely to continue the war on drugs with a strategy that may shift to using more civilian police or a focus on preventing youth from joining cartels.

Diplomacy Reemerging to Deal With Iran

Mar 08, 2012
Diplomatic solutions are retaking center stage as recent developments—Iran’s parliamentary vote and the Netanyahu-Obama meeting—lead to a palpable softening of rhetoric, reducing the likelihood of imminent military action, Wilson Center expert Michael Adler tells Context.

India and the US Pivot to Asia

Mar 06, 2012
The US strategic plan is to continue providing global security with emphasis on “rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.” Such a pivot is not new, but has been in play since the end of the Cold War, argues Robert M. Hathaway, director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The strategy requires a long-term partnership with India, as an economic and security anchor in the region. Priorities for both countries vary, particularly in regard to China, leading to divisions within each country as well. Many in India do not want their nation to take part in any Sino-American cold war or conflict and accuse the US of ignoring shenanigans from Pakistan. Indians are also wary about US plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and the likely resulting chaos. Both countries have conservatives who oppose reliance on partnerships and agreements that could constrain their military. Ultimately, Hathaway concludes, strength of nations as global actors depends on ensuring economic security and meeting domestic challenges. – YaleGlobal

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