Security and Defense

Ukraine’s State of Martial Law: A Surprise, with Political Undertones


During a November 25–26 night session, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) agreed to propose that a state of martial law be imposed in Ukraine for 60 days. President Petro Poroshenko immediately supported the proposal and addressed the Verkhovna Rada the next day, offering to make it official.

Diverse Boots on the Ground: EU and NATO Effectiveness

On 10th December 2018, the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), German Marshall Fund (GMF) and Women in International Security (WIIS) jointly organized a discussion of the GMF paper, Raising EU and NATO Effectiveness: The Impact of Diverse Boots on the Ground by Corinna Hoerst, Laura Groenendaal and Gale A. Mattox.

Russia and China’s Frigid Alliance


This article first appeared in Riddle and has been lightly edited for style.


Mounting Security Challenges in Southeastern Ukraine: Fresh Developments in the Sea of Azov and the Donbas


The ongoing military conflict in the Donbas constitutes a major threat to Ukraine’s existence. And the situation is only deteriorating. In recent months, two processes have added to the complexity of the Donbas security challenge: the increasing militarization of the Sea of Azov and the conduct of separatist elections in the noncontrolled communities of the Donbas, which is a step toward local legitimization of an illegal occupation.

Spiraling Tensions in the Sea of Azov

After the Pakistan Policy Symposium: Next Steps

On October 17 and 18, the Asia Program, in partnership with INDUS, convened its Pakistan Policy Symposium—an unprecedented two-day conference, held at the Wilson Center, on the challenges and opportunities for Pakistan in the years ahead.

Japan Accelerates Its Hedging Strategy

It is natural for countries to feel anxious when their security depends on the commitments of an ally. This is why a critical part of American foreign policy since the end of the Second World War has been to reassure its allies in Europe and Asia alike that its commitment to their defense was rock-solid. History has also demonstrated that allies, when less certain about Washington’s security guarantee, begin to look elsewhere.

AfPak File Podcast: Gauging The Prospects Of Talking Peace With The Taliban In Afghanistan

As the United States seeks to wind down the longest war in its history in Afghanistan, talking to the Taliban about an eventual end to fighting has emerged as the preferred course in Washington and elsewhere.

In recent months, we have seen the appointment of a U.S. special envoy to carry this process forward while the Taliban and the Afghan government engaged in a brief ceasefire in June. Most of Afghanistan's neighbors have also extended rhetorical support to the peace process.

Contested Spaces, Tangled Webs: Indian Geopolitics Today

Over the last decade, the United States and India have sought to build a strategic partnership. At the same time, the rise of India's neighbor China, along with Chinese military assertiveness and trade imbalances and security threats emanating from China, have fueled new tensions with the United States. This event will offer an Indian perspective on the geometry of the India-U.S.-China triangle in the Indo-Pacific region. It will also lay out a way forward for New Delhi.

U.S.-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula

On September 13, 2018 Asia Program Director Abraham M. Denmark spoke at the Seoul Defense Dialogue 2018 for Plenary Session II: Strategic Balance in Northeast Asia: Cooperation and Confidence Building.  Below are his prepared remarks.

US-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula