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Great Power Competition

ROK-U.S. Cooperation in an Era of U.S.-China Strategic Competition

How should middle powers such as South Korea navigate the growing strategic competition between the United States and China? For Northeast Asian nations like South Korea, maintaining harmonious relations with China has been a priority going back centuries while its alliance with the United States dates back only decades. Scholars from Asia and the United States will debate the dilemma faced by South Korea and debate the direction the Seoul government should take as the nation seeks to strike the right balance in policy with its allies and neighbors.

China in Africa Case Study: Zambia

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar Emmanuel Matambo. Matambo discusses his project which focuses on China's relations and investment in Zambia and how this has shaped politics and recent elections in that nation. The project also compares China’s influence in Zambia with other African nations as China has increased its economic investment and political influence on the continent.


Closing the Gap: Improving Early Warning for Climate Security Risks in the Pacific

Pacific Island countries (PICs) are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate extremes, variability, and change, including sea-level rise, coastal erosion, El Niño events, extreme weather, and ocean acidification. PIC communities have shown remarkable and long-standing resilience in the face of both physical and social risks. At the same time, many PICs are geographically isolated and remote, heavily aid-dependent, distant from global trade networks, and have limited access to freshwater and natural resources.

Democracies, Dictatorships, and Grand Strategy

Can countries still craft grand strategy given domestic challenges and perceptions of an increasingly fragile liberal international order? Daniel Drezner argued that in advanced industrialized democracies, several national trends—the erosion of trust in elites, the rise of political polarization, and the retreat of the legislative branch from foreign policy—have undercut the ability to fashion a viable grand strategy.

We Need to Change How We Talk about Russia in Africa


The language of empire strikes back. Against the backdrop of China’s growing influence on the African continent and the attempts of other great powers to counter Beijing’s sway, Western news outlets have, in the last eighteen months, seized on comparisons between these current rivalries and those of the nineteenth-century colonial era. The Economist led the way with its headline “The New Scramble for Africa.”

Russia and China, Sitting in a Tree?

China and Russia. So many differences, but yet so much in common. Need to Know host Aaron Jones talks with Stacy Closson to sort through the venn diagram of issues that are in the China/Russia relationship. And what that means for the U.S.

U.S.-Africa Economic Relations at the State Level

Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program for a discussion on “U.S.-Africa Economic Relations at the State Level” on Wednesday, November 6 from 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm in the Wilson Center’s 6th Floor Auditorium. A reception will follow the event from 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm. This event will focus on economic relations between African countries and individual U.S. states. The event will feature U.S.

After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, its history, meaning and legacy remain contentious, even as the Berlin Wall has joined the Holocaust as a focus of German memory policy. Dr. Harrison's new book examines a multiplicity of methods the Germans have adopted for grappling with the history of the Berlin Wall. It also highlights the role of key German memory activists as well as a more diffuse global memory of the Wall in the formulation of German historical narratives about the Wall. Dr.