U.S. National Security News

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.

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.

Done Right, Security and Liberty Should Reinforce Each Other. And Here's How to Do It Right.

Sep 19, 2013
"Security and liberty are reinforcing values: we either get more of both, or less of both. Done right, government policies and laws that make the nation more secure – like those authorizing electronic surveillance – should not undermine our constitutional rights," writes Jane Harman in The New Republic.

Robert Litwak on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Robert Litwak analyzes the implications of Syria for Iran’s nuclear challenge

Aaron Miller on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Aaron David Miller argues that Obama's speech won't sell war-weary Americans on Syria

China and Japan REALLY Don’t Like Each Other

Sep 04, 2013
A recent survey of Chinese and Japanese citizens views of each other’s countries found that 92.8 percent of Chinese respondents hold unfavorable views of Japan, a startling 28 percent rise from the year before. Similarly, 90.1 percent of respondents in Japan had an unfavorable or relatively unfavorable view of China, compared with 84.3 percent last year. For both countries, these figures were higher than in the previous nine annual surveys conducted.

The Limits of Action In Syria

Aug 28, 2013
Aaron David Miller considers three core questions that need answering about the military action the president is about to authorize in Syria.

China Defense Chief and Hagel Need to Find Balance for Pacific

Aug 23, 2013
Top leaders in both China and the US are concerned about the growing strategic rivalry between the two countries. They are conscious of the historical examples, where the clash of interests between rising powers and established powers has precipitated bloody conflicts. They have endorsed the concept of trying to create a new model of major power relations between China and the US that can prevent history from repeating itself. Whether this will be possible remains to be seen

Eric L. Olson Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere

Jul 20, 2013
Olson joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on regional security cooperation in Central America.

Tragedy in Afghanistan, Farce in Qatar

Jul 10, 2013
Senior program associate Michael Kugelman laments the sad state of the war in Afghanistan--and the efforts to negotiate and end to it.

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