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Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945

In a sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova surveys armed conflicts post–World War II in which one power is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of British decolonization after World War II and the United States in the 2003 Iraq war. Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power.

Latin American Program in the News: Election strengthens Honduran military's hand


Conservative candidate Juan Hernandez's victory this week in Honduras presidential election poses a potentially dangerous role for the military in the crime-riddled Central American nation, regional analysts say.

Honduras has struggled to restore democracy since the 2009 military coup that ousted left-leaning President Manuel Zelaya. But the military emerged from the shadows to openly support Mr. Hernandez over his main challenger — Xiomara Castro, Mr. Zelaya's wife — in Sunday’s election.

Latin American Program in the News: In Honduras vote, new lesson in how the drug war steers politics


Hernandez campaigned on a law-and-order platform, vowing to double down on the recent deployment of military policy into the most crime-ridden areas.

Castro promoted a different kind of community-based police force as well as greater social spending, jobs programs and other measures she said would prevent crime.

The Future of American Warfare: The Rise of Special Ops

Admiral William H. McRaven said that, “Folks within the Special Operations community listen to Linda Robinson, and when they listen to her I listen to them…” Robinson visited the Wilson Center for a discussion of her book, One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare. She spent much of the last two years in Afghanistan studying the evolution of special ops in their largest and longest deployment since Vietnam. In this interview, Robinson provides insight and context on this evolution of U.S. military strategy. 

HAPP Digital Archive Wins the 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History

A project of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program, “Digital Archive: International History Declassified,” has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History. The Rosenzweig Prize is awarded annually in honor and support of work on an innovative and freely available new media project that reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history.

One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

The Wilson Center's Asia Program and Middle East Program present author Linda Robinson, senior international policy analyst at RAND and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar as she discusses her book, One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare.

The Avner Cohen Collection

The Avner Cohen Collection features exciting new materials regarding the development of the Israeli nuclear program, including interviews with key policymakers and scientists from Israel, the United States, and France that shed new light on the development of the Israeli nuclear program.

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.