International Security Studies

Should the United States Change, Contain, or Engage Nuclear "Outliers" Iran and North Korea?

In this National Conversation, Robert Litwak and Thomas Friedman discuss whether countries such as Iran and North Korea, now branded nuclear "outliers" by the Obama Administration, can be integrated into the international community. read more

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


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

Works in Progress: All the Truth is Out & State of Siege

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This week we present two works in progress from former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholars, Matt Bai and Matthew Dallek. more

Wilson Forum - U.S. Special Operations 2020

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Admiral William McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command lays out his vision for Special Operations Forces in the years ahead. more

Experts & Staff

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