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.

Dr. Monde Muyangwa Provides an Assessment of Africa's Security and Economic Priorities at St. Edward's University

Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at the Wilson Center, delivered a broad-ranging lecture on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, on the security and economic challenges and opportunities across Africa. Her comprehensive and substantive lecture offered a brief historical overview of the formation of African nation states, and then concluded with her assessments of options for developing a comprehensive U.S. foreign policy for Africa.

AfPak File Podcast: What's Behind Pakistan's Latest Crackdown Against Militants?

In recent days, Pakistani authorities staged a major crackdown on militant groups. Dozens of people were arrested and many facilities were shut down. However this wasn't the first time Pakistan has taken these types of actions, but many observers and analysts were struck by the large number of people targeted in this latest crackdown.

Attack Fentanyl Flows Across Borders: A Real Emergency

As the United States debates “emergencies” at its southern border and negotiates a trade deal with China, U.S. leaders must confront the lethal trade in fentanyl from other North American countries and especially from China, a major player in the opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.  

The U.S. needs to double down on efforts to assure more effective cooperation with China, Mexico and Canada, bilaterally and through a new four-way framework to halt this deadly commerce.

Arctic Research in the National Interest

The United States possesses a wide array of Arctic research facilities operated by the federal government and research institutions. One of the most unique facilities is the High-frequency Active Aurora Research Program (HAARP), owned and operated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Next India-Pakistan Crisis Will Be Worse

The last few days have been downright scary in South Asia.

India and Pakistan, the only two rivals in the world to be both neighbors and nuclear states, have suffered through their most serious crisis in nearly twenty years.

Embraer Shareholders Approve Partnership With Boeing

On February 26, Embraer shareholders approved a $4.2 billion proposed strategic partnership with Boeing, in which the company will sell 80 percent its commercial jet division to Boeing through a joint venture. Approximately two-thirds of outstanding shares participated in the vote, with 96.8 percent in favor of the partnership. Boeing will have operational and management oversight of the new joint venture, although its management team will be based in Brazil. The deal is widely expected to allow Boeing to better compete with Airbus in the sub-150 seat jetliner market.

The Implications of Declaring an End to the Korean War

It should be said at the outset that I am very supportive of diplomacy with North Korea. I have written about the dangers of preventive strikes on North Korea and the risk of military escalation, and testified to my support for diplomacy with North Korea before Congress. Yet to support diplomacy is not to support it blind to the risks and costs involved.

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