Security and Defense | Wilson Center

Security and Defense

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

Event Recap: The Quetta Experience

In light of the administration adopting a tougher stance with regards to policies of Pakistan that it deems deeply problematic, there has been much debate about what the future holds for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. However, despite the recent downturn in bilateral relations, the consensus remains that the U.S. can ill-afford to disengage with a nation critical to its interests.

Ukraine Quarterly Digest: July–September 2018

BY ANDRIAN PROKIP

Event Summary: Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira on the Evolving Role of the Brazilian Navy

Brazil is home to a vast maritime region, from the waters of the Amazon River to the country’s nearly 8,000 km of Atlantic coast. These areas play a central role in the Brazilian economy—from international trade to the deep water pre-salt oil reserves—but are also integral to Brazil’s culture and national identity. The Brazilian Navy is the entity tasked with ensuring the safe navigation and use of this vast maritime expanse.

Can Pakistan Experience an Era of Change?

Pakistan’s new government has promised to shake things up.

Elected in July and led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), the new administration has vowed to do away with business as usual. The PTI projects itself as something different—a clean party not led by a family dynasty—and insists it will run the country differently from previous government as well.

Pages