U.S. National Security News
Jun 25, 2012
Robert Litwak argues that a containment strategy of preventing nuclear outlier states like Iran and North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons is the best in a series of bad options for living with these states. The piece originally appeared in the International Herald Tribune.
Jun 20, 2012
"The goal of winning "concrete steps" from Iran is still far away. This gives fuel to those who argue that time is running out because Iran continues to expand its enrichment and other nuclear work. And it puts a question mark over what the results in Moscow mean going forward," writes Iran nuclear expert Michael Adler.
Jun 14, 2012
In this discussion moderated by Jane Harman, Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Bruce Hoffman and national security correspondent for The New York Times Mark Mazzetti discussed the state of Al-Qaeda one year after the death of Osama bin Laden, current security threats to the strategic interests of the US, as well as counterterrorism strategies around the world.
May 04, 2012
In a wide-ranging interview on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Harman discussed transparency in counter-terrorism, the China diplomatic controversy, the private sector's role in enhancing the nation's cyber-security, and the anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Apr 17, 2012
According to Arnson, though the issue of Iran is not salient compared to other issues in Latin America, its inconsistent relationship with the region highlights the already existent divisions in attitudes toward the United States. Though countries like Venezuela also reject the influence of the United States worldwide, she says, the broader region does not share Iran's hostilities.
Apr 10, 2012
Michael Adler breaks down the Institute for Science and International Studies recent study on Iran's Parchin military facilities to explain how Iran may have used the site to test a nuclear trigger.
Apr 06, 2012
On Tuesday Authorities captured alleged drug lord Guatemalan Horst Walther Overdick. “His capture is certainly a welcome development, but its impact on drug trafficking in Guatemala or levels of violence overall remains to be seen. In Mexico, the strategy of going after drug kingpins has been one of the factors contributing to the rise in violence,” Director of the Latin America Program Cynthia Arnson told the Associated press. [Original Article in Spanish]
Mar 29, 2012
Aiding regional governments with intelligence and training, air and sea patrols, and guiding the interagency process are essential to beating organized crime. SOUTHCOM Commander Douglas M. Fraser discusses strategies to dismantle extortion, kidnapping, and drug-running bands.
Mar 28, 2012
Pakistan Scholar Zahid Hussain's Dawn op-ed on the future of the Pakistan-U.S. relationship