Lessons from the Summer of Snowden

“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. The article offers a comprehensive account of US intelligence practices in post-9/11 world and the resulting disconnect between expectations of personal privacy and the logic of mass surveillance technologies. According to Mascolo and Scott, the U.S.

Brazil’s Vision on Internet Governance: Managing Sovereignty, Privacy and Technology

In a major setback to Brazil-United States relations, disclosures of NSA spying activities in Brazil led President Dilma Rousseff to postpone what would have been the first state visit by a Brazilian leader to Washington in two decades. The incident, derived from leaks by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, brought issues related to internet security and governance to the forefront of the policy debate in the South American nation.

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

Edward Snowden’s theft and disclosure of highly classified National Security Agency counterterrorism programs has generated a lot of discussion about finding the right “balance” between security and liberty. The word “balance” assumes that there is a zero-sum game: more of one is less of the other. But 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. Emphasis: Done right.

Latin American Program in the News: Augusto Pinochet's Military Coup Observed In Chile 40 Years Later


While Chile has recovered from the dictatorship to become one of Latin America’s leading political and economic powers, the United States — particularly the CIA — is still recuperating from its involvement in the 1973 coup.

From propaganda and covert action during Allende’s time in office to knowledge of the coup plot and the Operation Condor, the CIA was deeply involved in the overthrow of the government and the installation of Pinochet's dictatorship.

Calm Before the Storm

On July 31, following several false starts, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Islamabad for meetings with Pakistan's political and military leadership. And while the visit comes at a turbulent time for Pakistan -- on the heels of a massive jail break in Dera Ismail Khan that saw more than 300 prisoners escape, including at least 25 members of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and militant Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group -- it also comes at a time when U.S.-Pakistan relations have been remarkably cordial.

Latin American Program in the News: Saga Snowden: on ne provoque pas Washington impunément


Latin American Program in the News: EE.UU. amenaza con represalias a China y Rusia por el caso Snowden


Pero Washington también lanzó advertencias a países latinoamericanos que pudieran ofrecer asilo político a Snowden, en particular a Ecuador, Venezuela o Cuba, campeones del "antiimperialismo" en la región. Estos países podrían recibir consecuencias más directas si no apoyan a Estados Unidos, según Cynthia Arnson, directora del programa América Latina en el Woodrow Wilson International Center.