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Strengthening Counter-Narcotics Cooperation with Mexico and Central America: A Conversation with Senator John Cornyn

Transnational criminal organizations and cartels use corridors connecting Central and South America to the United States as an illicit sales route, dealing in anything that can turn a profit. Drug trafficking, human smuggling, illicit weapons, money laundering, and public corruption are the tools of their poisonous trade, and countries throughout the region suffer the devastating effects.

Is There a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow?

“The Trump administration suggests that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The Kim regime believes that it can’t chase rainbows. In the end, what matters is not the size of the deal, but the sincerity of the commitment.”

India-Pakistan and the Threat of War

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss the latest in recent tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir. Michael Kugelman provides analysis on how the most serious crisis in nearly twenty years has grown increasingly dangerous between neighboring rivals that are both nuclear states.

 

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Dr. Monde Muyangwa Provides an Assessment of Africa's Security and Economic Priorities at St. Edward's University

Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at the Wilson Center, delivered a broad-ranging lecture on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, on the security and economic challenges and opportunities across Africa. Her comprehensive and substantive lecture offered a brief historical overview of the formation of African nation states, and then concluded with her assessments of options for developing a comprehensive U.S. foreign policy for Africa.

AfPak File Podcast: What's Behind Pakistan's Latest Crackdown Against Militants?

In recent days, Pakistani authorities staged a major crackdown on militant groups. Dozens of people were arrested and many facilities were shut down. However this wasn't the first time Pakistan has taken these types of actions, but many observers and analysts were struck by the large number of people targeted in this latest crackdown.

The Contours of Global Security: Border Lines, Critical Regions

As debate rages in Washington over President Trump’s characterization of the situation at the southern U.S. border as a national security emergency, the risks and stakes in several hot-spot regions around the world are far less open to question.

Leading Wilson Center experts surveyed the state of affairs at North America’s borders and in areas experiencing acute security crises, from Venezuela to North Korea to Syria.
 

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Attack Fentanyl Flows Across Borders: A Real Emergency

As the United States debates “emergencies” at its southern border and negotiates a trade deal with China, U.S. leaders must confront the lethal trade in fentanyl from other North American countries and especially from China, a major player in the opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.  

The U.S. needs to double down on efforts to assure more effective cooperation with China, Mexico and Canada, bilaterally and through a new four-way framework to halt this deadly commerce.

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