Security and Defense

U.S. National Security Strategy: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Tensions continue to rise in East Asia, not least with the continued threat of a nuclear North Korea, coupled with China’s ever-growing military, economic, and political aspirations for regional hegemony. Expectations for Japan to play a critical role to ensure peace and stability have increased as a result, and strong ties between Tokyo and Washington remain critical for the two sides to work closely together.

As It Reengages with the World, Will Argentina Rebuild Its Military to Resume Its Historic Global Role?

In President Mauricio Macri’s first year in office, Argentina’s annual military spending increased slightly, from 0.86 percent of GDP in 2015 to 0.96 percent in 2016. That modest uptick – to $6.2 billion – bucked a regional trend. Colombia was the only other country in the region to increase military spending. Compared to a decade ago, military spending in South America is down 5.5 percent, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Singapore Center Stage

There was something inevitable about the choice of Singapore as a venue for the U.S.-North Korean Summit. Still, it was not a given. The Chinese wanted the event in China. Both Koreas reportedly wanted to revisit the Kim-Moon Summit venue at the DMZ. President Trump was enamored with the show biz potential of the DMZ but was finally persuaded that he should not be seen as visiting Kim on his turf. Another potential venue, Ulan Bator in Mongolia, was too far from the center ring of international media attention.

Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa Facilitates the African Land Forces Summit in Abuja, Nigeria

On April 16-19 2018, Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa facilitated the 2018 African Land Forces Summit (ALFS), the theme being “Unity is Strength: Combatting Africa’s Security Challenges.” ALFS was co-hosted by U.S Army Africa and the Nigerian Army, and  convened African land force chiefs, U.S. Army Africa personnel, and security experts for candid dialogue regarding best practices in combatting regional security threats through cooperation and capacity building.

Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa Participates in the 7th Annual Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa

On April 21-22 2018, Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa attended the 7th annual Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa centered around the topic: “Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union.” The forum assembled key African heads of state, thought leaders, and practitioners in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, for the timely discussion.

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security - Kennan Institute Lecture

The Future of the Transatlantic Alliance: Challenges and Opportunities

This event is cosponsored by the Global Europe Program at the Wilson Center, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, and the Kennan Institute.

What Do Deteriorating Security Conditions Mean for Afghanistan’s Elections?

On April 22, the terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a voter registration site in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed nearly 60 people. The tragedy followed four other election-related attacks, including the abduction of three election workers in the central province of Ghor, over the last week.

This recent violence underscores the security challenges facing Afghanistan as it prepares to hold parliamentary elections in October.

Soaring Homicide Rates in Mexico: Understanding the Crisis and Proposing Solutions

It is no surprise that crime, insecurity, and corruption are top issues in this year’s presidential campaign. Last year set a modern day record for homicides in Mexico – over 29,000. Why are homicides soaring in Mexico once again and, more importantly, what are the prospects for the future? Are there any new ideas for reducing homicides and increasing security in Mexico? What are Mexico’s presidential candidates proposing?

Join us for a discussion with leading experts on crime, violence, and security in Mexico.