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A Private Policy Roundtable with Ambassador Martin Kimani on Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya and the broader Horn of Africa

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program partnered with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa to host Ambassador Dr. Martin Kimani, Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center Kenya and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary serving as Kenya’s Permanent Representative and Head of Mission to the United Nations at Nairobi for a discussion on “Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya and the Broader Horn of Africa.” Mr.

America Has a New Strategy in Afghanistan, But It Isn’t Actually Very New

On September 7, U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly called off his government’s talks with the Taliban—even though the two sides were on the cusp of a U.S. troop withdrawal deal.

With talks off (for now), the Trump administration has vowed to intensify its fight against the Taliban, with the hope that increasing battlefield pressure will compel the insurgents to come back to the negotiating table and make concessions—leading to a new deal with better terms for the United States.

Canada’s Defense Policy—Rebuilding Slowly, Deploying Globally

AfPak File: With Taliban Talks Scuttled, What's Next for Afghanistan?

On September 7, U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly announced that he was calling off talks with the Taliban—at the very moment when U.S. and Taliban negotiators were on the verge of a deal.

What can be made of Trump’s sudden decision; what might it mean for future peace prospects and a negotiated settlement for the Afghan conflict?

The latest edition of The AfPak File, the joint podcast series of the Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, discusses these questions and more.

Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere

In recent years the Russian government has dramatically expanded its restrictions on the internet, while simultaneously consolidating its grip on traditional media. The internet, however, because of its transnational configuration, continues to evade comprehensive state control and offers ever new opportunities for disseminating and consuming dissenting opinions.

Myths and Realities of Japan’s Security Policy

Is Japan moving away from pacifism toward militarism in light of changing realities facing East Asia? Can the U.S.-Japan alliance continue to meet the region’s security needs? Should Japan play a greater role for international security if it revises its constitution? Join us for a discussion on these issues as the Wilson Center’s Global Fellow Narushige Michishita attempts to demystify Japan’s security policy.

Image: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

AfPak File: Afghanistan's Crucial Month

September is a crucial month for Afghanistan. U.S.-Taliban talks are moving toward an American troop withdrawal deal, while presidential elections scheduled for later in the month are fast approaching.

The latest episode of The AfPak File takes stock of where things stand with peace negotiations and the upcoming elections; considers the challenges ahead for both; and highlights what to look for in the coming weeks.

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