International Security Studies

About the International Security Studies

The Division of International Security Studies addresses fundamental Wilsonian concerns affecting international order and U.S. national interests through its research, meetings, and publications. more

The Latest from the International Security Studies

Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

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November 20, 2014 // 1:00pm2:00pm
In Restraint, Barry R. Posen argues that the United States has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics. After setting out the political implications of restraint as a guiding principle, Posen sketches the appropriate military forces and posture that would support such a strategy. more

The UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent and the Chevaline Program: An Overview

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October 03, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Matthew Jones speaks on the Chevaline Program, a highly-secret project begun in 1970 to improve the penetration performance of the UK's force of Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missiles in order to give them the capability to overcome Soviet ABM defenses deployed around Moscow. The event will explore the program's background, its problems, and how it became one of the most controversial episodes in post-war British defense policy. more
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Book Discussion: Cyber War Will Not Take Place

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September 13, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Author Thomas Rid discusses his new book, Cyber War Will Not Take Place. He argues that the focus on war and winning distracts from the real challenge of cyberspace: non-violent confrontation that may rival or even replace violence in surprising ways. more

Strategy: A History

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October 01, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives. more

"Global Nuclear Security in Times of Rapid Technology Change"

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June 07, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
The Wilson Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory presents "Global Nuclear Security in Times of Rapid Technology Change" with Terry C. Wallace, Jr., principal associate director for global security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This meeting is part of an ongoing series that provides a forum for policy specialists from Congress and the Executive, business, academia, and journalism to exchange information and share perspectives on current nonproliferation issues. more

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Experts & Staff

  • Robert S. Litwak // Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director, International Security Studies
  • Tonya Boyce // Program Assistant, International Security Studies