Security and Defense News

Security Policies for a Post-Snowden Age

Nov 08, 2013
The hemorrhaging leaks by Edward Snowden has the U.S. government reeling, writes Jane Harman in The Washington Post, but it is time that the U.S. explains what we do—and what we won’t do—to rebuild shattered trust between our country and other world leaders.

The Case Against Negotiating With Assad

Oct 31, 2013
"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a roll," writes Aaron David Miller. But, he cautions, negotiations with Assad would be a bad move.

Lessons from the Summer of Snowden

Oct 22, 2013
“Lessons from the Summer of Snowden: The Hard Road Back to Trust,” a joint policy paper by former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Georg Mascolo, and Ben Scott, Senior Advisor at the New America Foundation, discusses the necessity of a political solution that resolves US and European disputes over NSA surveillance programs.

Nuclear Weapons: Lesson From the Yom Kippur War

Oct 03, 2013
According to some historical accounts, Israel came very close to deploying nuclear weapons during the Yom Kippur War. But a newly released firsthand account of high-level deliberations provides a more nuanced account of what occurred.

Latin American Program in the News: Presentan propuestas para atender seguridad ciudadana

Oct 01, 2013
This article discusses a recent forum held by the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (CCIAP) on the challenges and future prospects of citizen security in the region. Wilson Center Visiting Expert, Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara, whose expertise is in security and organized crime, presented on the subject of “Citizen Security: Challenges Ahead”. This article is in Spanish.

Wilson Center Launches Global Europe Program

Sep 26, 2013
The Wilson Center launches new Global Europe program, which focuses on Europe’s external challenges and opportunities. On occasion of the launch, the Center's President and CEO Jane Harman will host a public discussion with Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Latin American Program in the News: 'Una agenda sin fechas límite es fatal'

Sep 26, 2013
Cynthia Arnson was interviewed by ElEspectador.com about the ongoing peace negotiations in Colombia and President Juan Manuel Santos' role in the process. President Santos was recently awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. This article is in Spanish.

Dealing with Iran: Get Ready for a Wild Ride

Sep 26, 2013
The Obama administration's effort to negotiate a deal on the nuclear issue is going to be an unpredictable ride, but any deal will need to acknowledge the politics on both sides, writes Aaron David Miller.
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Wilson Awards: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Honored

Sep 24, 2013
President Santos of Colombia was presented with the Wilson Center's Award for Public Service, honoring his commitment to serving the public god by fostering democracy, security, and peace in Colombia.

The Tally

Sep 20, 2013
The Syrians created a crisis by using chemical weapons in a massive attack on August 21, President Barack Obama threatened force but then vacillated, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, recognizing both Obama's strengths and his weaknesses, stepped up, grabbed center stage, and inserted himself directly into a process he'd long avoided. It shows that the right combination of pain and gain is what creates openings and drives big decisions.

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