Security and Defense

Another Grim Milestone for the War in Afghanistan

Recent days have marked another grim milestone for the war in Afghanistan.

Last week, the Taliban stormed the city of Farah, the capital of a province by the same name in western Afghanistan. For a brief period of time, the insurgents seized and held several government facilities before being pushed out by Afghan ground forces and U.S. air strikes.

This is devastating news, not just for an Afghan nation exhausted by nearly two decades of a brutal and bloody insurgency, but also for the U.S. war effort.

New Year, New Strategy: Shifting Policies on North Korea in 2018

After more than a year of escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear provocations and a war of words with President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un began 2018 with a new approach: diplomatic outreach.

A season of North Korea summits began with Kim’s surprise trip to Beijing to meet China’s Xi Jinping before an April summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and an anticipated summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, scheduled to take place in Singapore on June 12.

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.