Security and Defense

The "Strategic" Partnership Between India and Iran (PDF)

ABSTRACT: India and Iran—one the object of much wooing from Washington, the other a member of President Bush’s “axis of evil” —announced the creation of a “strategic partnership” in 2003. This Special Report explores the new cordiality in relations between New Delhi and Tehran, as well as the ways this partnership may impact upon the interests of other regional players. Christine Fair explains the calculations that make Iran an attractive partner for New Delhi, and concludes that the bilateral relationship is here to stay. Jalil Roshandel offers an Iranian perspective on the relationship.

India's Contemporary Security Challenges

Lurking beneath India's many success stories are a range of internal and external security challenges. This new , edited by program associate Michael Kugelman, examines the Maoist insurgency, India's strategic environment, naval modernization, relations with China and Pakistan, and the U.S.-India relationship.

Finding Dollars, Sense, and Legitimacy in Burma

All eyes were upon Burma's first election in 20 years. Did this election bear any significance to the country's political future? In an Asia Program publication, eight Burma experts weighed in, offering insights on the recent state of Burma's economy and politics. Edited by Susan L. Levenstein. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.
 

Gender Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Causes and Consequences.

The Wilson Center's Africa Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Catholic Relief Services invite you to a program on Gender Based Violence in the DRC: Causes and Consequences. Gender-based violence is perhaps nowhere more prevalent than in the war-torn eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Daily, women's lives are shattered by systematic, brutal rape and other violent atrocities. Please join us for a panel discussion with Kristin Kim Bart, Patricia T. Morris, and Dr. Denis Mukwege.

U.S. Energy Security and Oil Revenue Transparency

On March 21, 2007, Global Witness and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars hosted an event entitled, "U.S. Energy Security and Oil Revenue Transparency" to launch a Global Witness report of the same name. The timing of the event was opportune, as the importance of energy security has emerged as a central element of the U.S. foreign policy debate. The U.S. is forecasted to increase oil imports to 68% of its total supply over the next 25 years. Yet three-fifths of the U.S.' top ten oil importing countries rank at the bottom two-thirds of the world's most corrupt countries.

Liberia in Transition: A Discussion With the UN Panel on Liberia

On December 12th, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Africa Program joined the Open Society Institute in sponsoring an event to discuss the destabilizing impact of conflict during the 90s and the early years of this decade on Liberia. Members of the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia discussed the impact of Liberia's resources on West Africa's wars, how effective sanctions were in shutting down the conflicts and whether it is time to restore control of the country's natural wealth to the newly elected national government.

Briefing on the Humanitarian Impact of Drought in the Horn of Africa

The Africa Program and the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Wilson Center are pleased to join Islamic Relief in inviting you to a special briefing on recent developments in the humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. Hany Abdel Gawad El Banna and Seyed Rizwan Mowlana will present the findings of a recent assessment conducted by Islamic Relief in late March, which covered drought-stricken regions of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan.

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