International Security

Chinese Expansion and the South China Sea: Beijing’s Strategic Ambition and the Asian Order

China’s ambitions to become Asia’s undisputed regional hegemon is perhaps most evident in the South China Sea, as Beijing creates military bases along remote reefs and islands in a 1.5-million-square mile expanse.  Join us for a discussion with Humphrey Hawksley, au

Deepening a Natural Partnership? Assessing the State of U.S.-India Counterterrorism Cooperation

Nearly a year after the Washington summit meeting between U.S. President and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S.-India relations, and particularly bilateral security relations, are making ample progress. One critical area of the security partnership lies in counterterrorism cooperation. At this event, security analyst Amit Kumar will discuss recent developments in U.S.-India counterterrorism cooperation, highlight any potential obstacles for deeper cooperation, and consider the implications of this collaboration for Pakistan and South Asia more broadly.

U.S. National Security Strategy: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Tensions continue to rise in East Asia, not least with the continued threat of a nuclear North Korea, coupled with China’s ever-growing military, economic, and political aspirations for regional hegemony. Expectations for Japan to play a critical role to ensure peace and stability have increased as a result, and strong ties between Tokyo and Washington remain critical for the two sides to work closely together.

Putin-Erdogan Relations Grow into a Russian-Turkish Partnership

Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Vladimir Putin, both shunned by the West, are working on major weapons and nuclear energy deals that might grow into a long-term partnership between the two nations, Russia and Turkey.

The Future of War and Challenges for Humanitarians - Featuring the President of the ICRC

The 5th Annual Swiss Day marks the ongoing collaboration between the Wilson Center and the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich.

Will tomorrow’s wars be fought on the same terms as today's? How will humanitarians need to adapt? Digitalization, artificial intelligence, and big data are transforming our world - and new technologies, such as autonomous weapons and the tools of cyber warfare, are new cause for humanitarian concern.

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In Syria, Moscow Is Defending a Narrative, Not a Country

Russia condemned the U.S.-led military strikes launched early last Saturday against targets in Syria. Russia responded by convening an emergency session of the UN Security Council, which then rejected a Russian-backed resolution denouncing the strike. The limited scope of the Western operation may have come as a relief to Moscow, but one could sense the disappointment underlying Moscow’s reaction.

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