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New Laws Needed to Fight Terror

Mar 27, 2012
Amid unprecedented security concerns, bright legal lines are needed for aggressive intelligence-gathering and to guard privacy rights, Wilson Center President Jane Harman writes in Foreign Policy.

NPIHP Senior Advisor Reviews Philip Taubman's "The Partnership" in Washington Post

Mar 06, 2012
NPIHP Senior Advisor Martin J. Sherwin reviews Philip Taubman's "The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb" in the Washington Post.

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

Fall 2012 CWIHP Internship Opportunities

Feb 28, 2012
The Cold War International History Project is currently accepting internship applications for the Fall 2012 academic semester. Deadline to apply: 7/20

An Opportunity to Pressure the Assad Government

Feb 23, 2012
The recent peaceful transfer of power in Yemen might provide an example of how the U.S. and the international community could stem violence in Syria and remove Bashar al-Assad from power, Wilson Center President Jane Harman tells MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

Latin American Program in the News: Menendez warns of Iran’s outreach to Latin America

Feb 23, 2012
Tensions over Iran's presence and influence over Latin America arise after the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on the Iranian government’s activities in the Western hemisphere.

Iran's Apparent Rebuff Risks Escalating Nuclear Tension

Feb 22, 2012
IAEA inspectors were unable to visit Iran’s controversial Parchin nuclear facility despite “intensive efforts” to include the site on a recent itinerary, Wilson Center expert Michael Adler writes in The Daily Beast. Characterizing the omission as a rebuff, Adler says it could ratchet up concerns in the international community that Iran is exploring the use of nuclear technology in military applications.

"The Week That Changed the World:" The 40th Anniversary of President Nixon's China Trip

Feb 17, 2012
In 1972, President Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit the People's Republic of China. Forty years later, the impact of that historic trip is still evident, as the U.S.-China relationship extends to economics, security, and climate. “The relationship we have now with China is the most important one we have in the world,” said Douglas Spelman, deputy director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. He predicts the many positives of bilateral cooperation will outweigh the negatives of such historically contentious issues as human rights, Taiwan, and religious freedom.

Dealing with a Rising China

Feb 17, 2012
Director J. Stapleton Roy speaks to the vice president of Walt Disney Parks, and leaders in the Chapman University community at a February 9 event on how to "deal with a rising China."

KICUS Director J. Stapleton Roy on Xi Jinping and Leadership Change in China

Feb 17, 2012
Converting the warm mood music brought by Xi into substantively improved Sino-U.S. ties will demand concessions that both sides are likely to resist.

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