Security and Defense

Conflicting Views: How the Russian Public Perceives Relations with America

This piece originally appeared in Intersection and has been lightly edited here for style.

A new survey shows how Russians might be open to changing their views about America. There is a growing willingness to cooperate but persistent reluctance for their country to make concessions.

Competing with China in the Indo-Pacific

Rhetorically, the Trump administration has embraced great power competition with China as a central facet of its strategy to the Indo-Pacific region. Its National Security Strategy aptly described a world in which China is challenging American power, influence, and interests across the region.

FILM SCREENING | Fronteira da Grandeza: Brazil’s National Identity from Past to Future

From Iguaçu to the edges of the Amazon and through the centers of power in Brasília and São Paulo, see this vast country anew and learn from Brazilian voices why its people see a bright future amidst challengesincluding those that come across its borders.


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.