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Does Climate Change Pose a Threat to U.S. National Security?

According to a symposium of national leaders, profound and pervasive changes are already underway. They say that climate change related changes are affecting infrastructure, commerce, and the military in ways that compromise national security. Their discussion is the focus of this edition of REWIND.

This event was conducted in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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Central American Diplomats Urge Compassion in Child Migration Crisis


Government and Business: Cooperation or Conflict?

While governments are responsible for intelligence gathering in pursuit of national security, much of the technology and tools they rely on are created and owned by private companies. Consequently, there are significant opportunities for cooperation and conflict. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

This is part 3 of the REWIND series on Surveillance, Security, and Trust.

Featured Speakers

Meg King, National Security Advisor to the Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center

Do Friends Spy on Friends?

Do friends spy on friends? It’s a simple question requiring a complex answer. The question represents one of the most contentious aspects of the new global security environment. And while keeping an eye on allies as well as enemies is nothing new, agreement on where to draw lines on such activity remains elusive. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

This is part 2 of our series on Surveillance, Security, and Trust.

Central American governments struggle to resettle children

"WASHINGTON – Central American governments are not fully equipped to resettle children who return home after leaving or being deported from the United States, experts on the region say.

“The fact is they aren’t doing it and aren’t able to do it, especially in terms of guaranteeing the safety of their citizens,” Eric Olsen, associate director of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said.


Why child migrants head to the US


"These three main countries from which the children are fleeing are among the nations with top five murder rates in the world (along with Belize and Venezuela), according to the most recent United Nations data. In some cases, such as Guatemala, the homicide rate has actually declined slightly in recent years. But crimes like extortion have become "widespread and intolerable," says Cynthia Arnson, the Latin America director at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "Everyone is hit, down to the person at the bottom of the informal economy selling chewing gum."

Mexico is weak link to cross-border immigration enforcement


"At the gated entrance topped with concertina wire, a group of Denver-bound Salvadoran men arrived on a recent afternoon asking for water, saying they had been robbed at gunpoint along the tracks a few minutes earlier. Several other travelers were nursing bruises and broken ribs from beatings they blamed on gang members or local police. A young Honduran woman said she was grateful she’d survived an assault with little more than a groping.

National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

The effects of climate change “are here now” and pose a “serious challenge” for the United States, said Alice Hill, White House senior advisor for preparedness and resilience, at the Wilson Center on July 29.

Border Crisis

Eric Olson said "there's a deep concern about the violence in Central America but people are asking hard questions about what our money is going to be used for and what real impact it is going to have."

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U.S. Is The Largest But Not The Only Recipient Of Central American Immigrants In Latest Surge


"Costa Rica and Panama are seen as the emerging economic and political safe havens of Central America with relatively stable democratic governments and growing markets for work. Nicaragua, while having the second-highest level of poverty in the Western Hemisphere and a less-than-transparent government, is still viewed by many migrants from the Northern Triangle as a desirable destination given its close proximity to their home nations, lower violent crime levels and the possibility of family members living there.