Security and Defense

Are Iran and Israel Going to War in Syria and Lebanon?

Last week, tensions exploded along the Israeli-Syrian border in a sequence of historic firsts: an Iranian drone penetrated Israeli airspace; Israel attacked Iranian-manned sites in Syria; Syria shot down an Israeli fighter jet for the first time since 1982; and Israel conducted intensive airstrikes against Syrian air defenses.

Jane Harman Speaks at Munich Security Conference

Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman participated in the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany moderating a discussion with Technical Advisor Eric Schmidt and Former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan. This Fireside Chat is part I of the MSC's "Technology's Impact on Democracy" series. She also particpated in an Intelligence Roundtable, "Dare to Share vs. Need to Know: Globalizing Intelligence."

World Wide Threat Assessment

On February 13, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats released the 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Coats discussed current and future threats before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with his counterparts from the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Geospatial-Intelligency Agency. "ISIS's claim to having a functioning caliphate that governs populations is all but thwarted," Coats testified.

Infographic | Mexico's Internal Security Law

Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico

Los Zetas where once Mexico's most feared criminal organization dominating important smuggling routes from Central America into the United States. Their success was based in part on a business model that combined brute strength and predatory business practices. Join us for a discussion with the author of a new book, Los Zetas, Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico and a panel of experts on the nature of criminal enterprise and the challenges of controlling illicit economies. 

The Missing Reform: Strengthening the Rule of Law in Mexico

The approval of the package of widely praised structural reforms in Mexico has not had the effect that observers and policy makers were expecting. In retrospect, the approval of the reforms proved to be an easy step. Turning structural reforms into reality, moving them from paper to implementation, was where the real work lay. This book explores a new hypothesis as to why the approval of Mexico’s groundbreaking structural reforms has not been able to live up to expectations.

More than Neighbors: New Developments in the Institutional Strengthening of Mexico’s Armed Forces in the Context of U.S.-Mexican Military Cooperation

With strong commercial and economic ties cemented by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and fostered by strong bilateral political will, the U.S. and Mexican defense establishments have been drawn closer together in the past 10 years than ever before.

Why Has There Been Such an Increase in Homicides in 2017?

Homicides have been increasing (and unfortunately this trend will continue) because the federal government has decided to continue with a militarized security policy that is generated “from the top”, and that addresses the consequences/the symptoms and not the structural causes of the violence and insecurity in the country.

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