International Security

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.

Catch-Up: Read the Latest Research and Commentary from the Asia Program

At the Asia Program, our experts and scholars are always producing new research and analysis on a rapidly changing region.  Our most recent pieces look at North Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan to explore foreign policy, diplomacy, military strategy, and trade.  All of our reports are available for download on our website.  You can also sign up for our mailing lists to be updated about upcoming events, recent publications, and other news. 

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.

Hope for Peaceful Resolution on the Korean Peninsula?

Is it possible, after all the heated rhetoric between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, to reach a peaceful resolution to the ongoing nuclear standoff? Jean H. Lee, Director of the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, previews the proposed summit in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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What's Next for U.S.-Russia Relations?

With the recent expulsion of US, European, and Russia diplomats, the crisis in U.S.-Russian relations continues to escalate.  Is there any sign of a thaw in the relationship in the near future?  We asked Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, to provide analysis in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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A More Secure World: The Role of Population and Family Planning in Peace and Security

Population dynamics, including changes in age structure, may impact peace and security in fragile and developing states. Today’s young people are the largest generation of youth in the history of the world, and where governments are not able to provide them with the education, services, and employment they need, instability may arise. And in conflict-affected areas, the security of women and girls is further compromised by lack of access to reproductive health care and family planning.

Ideological Competition in the Indo-Pacific

As the geopolitical competition between China and the United States heats up, most analyses have focused on China’s growing military power, China’s audacious Belt and Road Initiative to build infrastructure across the region and place itself at the center of the region’s geopolitical destiny, the administration’s still-gestating

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