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U.S.-Pakistan Security Relations: From 9/11 to 2011, with an Eye on 2014

Soon after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States and Pakistan entered into a wide-ranging security partnership. The deal ushered in an era of volatile relations between Washington and Islamabad. During her time as the Wilson Center’s 2012-13 Pakistan Scholar, Simbal Khan has been researching the U.S.-Pakistan security relationship, and at this event she will highlight her findings. She will also examine what the future may hold for U.S.-Pakistan security ties with the approach of the 2014 international troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Towards Trustworthy Social Media and Crowdsourcing

Author: George Chamales

Editors: Lea Shanley and Aaron Lovell.

On behalf of the Commons Lab within Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Every American Muslim's Fear After the Boston Bombing

News media are already marking the Boston bombings as a turning point, the moment when homegrown jihadists truly came into the open and declared their desire to destroy America from within. And unlike the spectacular plans for bringing down an airliner over Detroit or leaving a car bomb in Times Square, the weapons of this jihadist war require only trips to a hardware store and a sporting goods shop. “We give him a green card and he comes to hate America,” said Fox News’s Megyn Kelly on Friday.

The Boston Bombing Suspects and The Caucasus

The ongoing manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has turned attention to a faraway and unfamiliar place: Russia’s southern border region of the Caucasus.

Bombing Suspect: Civilian or Enemy Combatant?

With the Boston bombing suspect now in custody, how do we balance his constitutional protections as a U.S. citizen with the need to get intelligence on other possible threats? Jane Harman debated this question with a panel on Fox News Sunday.  

Not Your Average Chechen Jihadis

Ever since the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were identified as ethnic Chechens, the national conversation about the incident seemed to focus on the connection between the violence and Chechnya. The two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, certainly lived in two places at once: in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in an imagined homeland in Chechnya and the North Caucasus more broadly.

The Search for Antiseptic War: The Prospects and Perils of Drones for the United States, the Sahel and Beyond

"The U.S. Government has made clear that stabilization missions requiring deployment of large numbers of personnel - military and civilian - are not on the agenda for the foreseeable future. Not only budget constraints, but also sobering experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced a strategic shift."

Author Ann L. Phillips provides an overview of U.S. drone policy in the Sahel and elsewhere, and elaborates through analysis two major concerns with this evolving policy: mission effectiveness and moral hazard. Read more by opening the pdf link below.

Moynihan’s Moment & North Korean Sabre Rattling

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we look back at the legacy of the late great Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan with the help of Gil Troy,  Professor of History at McGill University and the author of Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight Against Zionism as Racism. Also, joining us to remember her father is Maura Moynihan, daughter of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In our second segment we speak with Asia Program Fellow Hazel Smith about continued North Korea sabre rattling towards the U.S.

Wilson Forum - The Rise & Fall of Iran in Arab and Muslim Eyes

On this episode of Wilson Forum  James Zogby highlights recent polling of Arab and Muslim opinion on Iran and delves into that nation’s declining popularity among citizens around the Middle East.  Zogby was joined by panelists Haleh EsfandiariHisham MelhemBarbara Slavin, and Marc Lynch in this National Conversation discussion moderated by Tom Gjelten of NPR.