International Security

Security Challenges in East Asia

The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) in collaboration with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program invite you to a public briefing on Security Challenges in East Asia based on recent high-level meetings in Taipei, Beijing, and Seoul.

Dysfunction in U.S.-Russia Relations

I am an American expert on Russia.  It is my job to pay close attention to the ups and downs of the U.S.-Russia relationship, with the goal of helping U.S. policymakers, the press, and the wider public understand what is going on.

2018 Ukrainian Nuclear History Fellowship

The Odessa Center for Nonproliferation (OdCNP), a partner of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, invites applications for a fellowship hosted in Odessa, Ukraine. The Fellowship is an opportunity for scholars and researchers to conduct research on themes pertaining to the nuclear history of Ukraine. This fellowship is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

East-Central Europe’s “Galactic” Imagining of Post-Soviet Security

Many politicians, diplomats, and analysts in East-Central Europe imagine their region as being divided into two planets, one with EU and NATO member countries, the second with all the rest. This reflexive view leads to widespread denial of some plain geographic facts about, and the resulting security challenges for, NATO’s eastern member states. The surprisingly common “galactic” misperception of European geopolitics is a major reason for the continuing persistence of the post-Soviet institutional gray zone between Russia and the West.

Trump’s Asia Visit and North Korea Fever

All eyes will be on President Trump as he heads to Asia next week, with seething tensions over North Korea topping his diplomatic agenda. Global Fellow Jean H. Lee says that while Pyongyang’s neighbors are accustomed to anxiety about the nuclear threat, the temperature – and the stakes – are only continuing to rise: “It’s not the first time that we’ve had this fever. That said, we need this fever to subside.” Differences between the U.S.

Is the U.S.-Saudi Security Alliance in Trouble?

The Saudi decision to open discussions with Russia for the purchase of its highly-sophisticated S-400 missile defense system holds enormous and disruptive consequences for the U.S. security strategy toward the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, if indeed it takes place. It also raises serious questions about what is happening in the longstanding U.S.-Saudi relationship to drive the Saudis to turn to Russia for their security.

Sixteen Years and Counting in Afghanistan: What’s Next for America’s Longest War?

October marks 16 years since a U.S.-led troop mission entered Afghanistan to eliminate sanctuaries for al-Qaeda and to remove its Taliban hosts from power. Those initial goals were achieved fairly quickly, and yet more than a decade and a half later, American soldiers are still in Afghanistan fighting a seemingly unending war. This event addressed how we got to where we are today; what the best and worst policies would be moving forward; whether U.S.

The U.S. Can’t Get Rid of North Korea’s Nukes Without Paying a Catastrophic Price

Kim Jong Un is on a roll. After firing a second missile over Japan, successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and successfully detonating a larger-yield nuclear weapon, the North Korean threat has grown significantly more dire in just a few weeks. General John Hyten, who commands U.S.

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