Security and Defense

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.

An Israeli Perspective on Russia’s Role in the Middle East

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead discusses how Russia has positioned itself as a major player in Syria and about its ambitions in the greater Middle East region. He also explains the current state of Israel-Russia relations.

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NORAD: Celebrating 60 Years of U.S. – Canada Cooperation

Join Canada's Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton and Wilson Center President & CEO, Representative Jane Harman for a discussion with Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand, General (Ret'd) Thomas J Lawson and General (Ret'd) Victor Eugene Renuart on the legacy, threats, and modernization of NORAD. Canada Institute Director, Dr. Laura Dawson will moderate. 

The Trump-Kim Summit: Outcomes and Oversight: Abe Denmark Testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Abraham Denmark, Director of the Wilson Center's Asia Program and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific at a June 20 hearing titled "The Trump-Kim Summit: Outcomes and Oversight."

The full testimony (as prepared) is available below.

A Ray of Hope in Afghanistan

The last few days have produced a series of uplifting, heartwarming scenes in Afghanistan—not a nation where such adjectives are typically applied.

Over the course of a three-day truce declared by the Taliban to mark the Eid holiday, Afghan civilians, troops, and Taliban foot soldiers were seen mingling and enjoying sweets together in cities across the country.

Africa Program Director Monde Muyanga Participates in the Africa Leadership Forum 2017 Follow-Up Event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

On May 17, 2018, Africa Program Director Dr. Monde Muyangwa attended the Africa Leadership Forum, “Africa in the Global Peace and Security Architecture,” organized by the UONGOZI Leadership Institute. Held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, former Presidents H.E. Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, H.E. Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, and H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia gathered with about forty high-level experts and leaders in African peace and security to advance the discussion on Africa’s place in the global security framework.

Russia in the Middle East: A View from Israel

Since Russia entered the Syrian conflict in September 2015, it has positioned itself as a major player in the region. Israel, in particular, has had to contend with Russia’s presence directly across its border. How does Israel perceive Russia’s influence in the region? How does it impact Israel’s ability to maintain its security interests? The speakers will address these questions and related issues.

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