Security and Defense

Event Recap: The Quetta Experience

In light of the administration adopting a tougher stance with regards to policies of Pakistan that it deems deeply problematic, there has been much debate about what the future holds for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. However, despite the recent downturn in bilateral relations, the consensus remains that the U.S. can ill-afford to disengage with a nation critical to its interests.

Ukraine Quarterly Digest: July–September 2018

BY ANDRIAN PROKIP

Event Summary: Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira on the Evolving Role of the Brazilian Navy

Brazil is home to a vast maritime region, from the waters of the Amazon River to the country’s nearly 8,000 km of Atlantic coast. These areas play a central role in the Brazilian economy—from international trade to the deep water pre-salt oil reserves—but are also integral to Brazil’s culture and national identity. The Brazilian Navy is the entity tasked with ensuring the safe navigation and use of this vast maritime expanse.

Can Pakistan Experience an Era of Change?

Pakistan’s new government has promised to shake things up.

Elected in July and led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), the new administration has vowed to do away with business as usual. The PTI projects itself as something different—a clean party not led by a family dynasty—and insists it will run the country differently from previous government as well.

The Quetta Experience: Attitudes and Values within Pakistan's Army

The Pakistani Army has long been a challenging yet critical partner for the U.S. government.
 
On the one hand, Washington views it as the architect of policies that are deeply problematic for the United States. These policies include the development and production of nuclear weapons, and the provision of safe havens for terrorists that target American soldiers across the border in Afghanistan. Despite Washington’s efforts to get Pakistan to alter these policies, they have remained in place for several decades.
 

Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira on the Evolving Role of the Brazilian Navy

Brazil is home to a vast maritime region, from the waters of the Amazon River to the country’s nearly 8,000 km of Atlantic coast. These areas play a central role in the Brazilian economy—from international trade to the deep water pre-salt oil reserves—but are also integral to Brazil’s culture and national identity. The Brazilian Navy is the entity tasked with ensuring the safe navigation and use of this vast maritime expanse.

The Quetta Experience: Attitudes and Values within Pakistan's Army (Event)

What do we know about members of the Pakistani Army? What are their values? What are their attitudes toward the United States and other key countries? How do they perceive internal and external threats? What are their thoughts on Pakistan’s political situation? What do they think about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program? How do these perspectives differ, if at all, within the Army and over time? A new Wilson Center study by David O.

'The China Challenge: Security and Military Developments': Abe Denmark Testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Abraham Denmark, Director of the Wilson Center's Asia Program and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy at a September 5 hearing titled "The China Challenge, Part 2: Security and Military Developments."
 
 

Event Recap: Chinese Expansion and the South China Sea: Beijing’s Strategic Ambition and the Asian Order

China’s ambitions to become Asia’s undisputed regional hegemon is evident in the South China Sea, as Beijing creates military bases along remote reefs and islands in a 1.5-million-square mile expanse. Humphrey Hawksley, the author of Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea and Strategy of Chinese Expansion, Los Angeles Times Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Bob Drogin, and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia James Clad, spoke at the Wilson Center to discuss the rivalry between China and the United States, and the dilemma facing countries in the region.

Book Launch: No Place for Russia, with Dr. William Hill

The optimistic vision of a “Europe whole and free” after the fall of the Berlin Wall has been replaced by today’s hostile division of Europe between Russia and the West. Attempts to integrate Russia into a unified Euro-Atlantic security order have been gradually overshadowed by the domination of NATO and the EU — at Russia’s expense. Dr. William Hill discussed the current security architecture of Europe and its implications for a new and as-yet-undefined security order in the context of his new book, No Place for Russia.

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