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The Shadow War

On this episode of dialogue our guest is Mark Mazzetti.  Mark is the national security correspondent for the New York Times and also a former public policy scholar at the Wilson Center. He’s discusses his book "The Way of the Knife." His work focuses on the increasing convergence of military and intelligence fields in carrying out operations in the absence of a formally declared war.

The Arab Awakening: Implications for Al Qaeda and the Future of Terrorism

Jon Alterman
Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Director, Middle East Program,
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Barak Barfi
Research Fellow, New America Foundation

Daniel Byman
Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Harman on US Foreign Policy

The probability of a terrorist attack against the United States has been substantially reduced by government counter-terrorism operations, Wilson Center Director Jane Harman said on C-SPAN. At the same time, transparency and full consultation with Congress is essential to keeping the country safe. "Debate is important ...

Leaving Without Losing: The War on Terror After Iraq and Afghanistan

This week on dialogue our guests are Mark Katz and Robert Litwak. Mark Katz is a professor of government and politics at George Mason University. Robert Litwak is Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations at the Wilson Center where he also serves as Director of International Security Studies. We discuss Mark’s latest book, Leaving Without Losing:The War on Terror After Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are

The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring. Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties. They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region more than any other political bloc. Yet they have diverse goals and different constituencies. Sometimes they are even rivals.

European Perspective on the Current State of Transatlantic Relations

Transatlantic Relations have always been in the mainstream of international politics. Crucial issues determined by a strong political will and various policy decisions on both sides of the Atlantic have necessitated important transatlantic decision making. Current themes of transatlantic relations include the future of the economy, war and peace in the Mediterranean basin, energy efficiency, the security of energy supplies, and terrorism. Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos will be analyzing European perspectives on these issues drawing on general historical and institutional context.

Whither Pakistan-U.S. Relations? Looking Toward the Afghan Endgame and 2014

After the September 11, 2011, attacks, Pakistan and the United States entered into a new counterterrorism alliance. Yet ever since then, the relationship between the two nations has been a rocky one. Today, this troubled marriage seems to be approaching a breaking point. Can the shaky partnership be saved? Or will it dissolve in a messy divorce, as has happened in the past? Zahid Hussain, an award-winning Pakistani journalist and writer currently serving as the Wilson Center’s Pakistan Scholar, addressed these and related questions at an April 10 Asia Program event.

A New Era in Pakistan-U.S. Relations?

Pakistan Scholar Zahid Hussain reviews the future prospects for the Pakistan-U.S. relationship in a March 26 op-ed published in Pakistan's Dawn newspaper.

New Laws Needed to Fight Terror

Amid unprecedented security concerns, bright legal lines are needed for aggressive intelligence-gathering and to guard privacy rights, Wilson Center President Jane Harman writes in Foreign Policy. Requiring immediate treatment by Congress and the administration: the looming cyber-security threat, separating foreign and domestic intelligence functions, the prison at Guantanamo, and the legal controversy surrounding targeted killings of citizens.