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The Islamic State After the Fall of the Caliphate

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Middle East Program Fellow Amy Austin Holmes who was conducting research in Northeast Syria on the day coalition forces declared the territorial defeat of the Islamic State. Amy discusses her work conducting surveys with Kurdish, Arab, and Syriac Christian members of the Syrian Democratic Forces as well as the political and economic outlook for this war-torn region of Syria.

Event Summary: The Aftermath of President Bolsonaro’s Visit to Washington and Prospects for Economic Reform

President Jair Bolsonaro wrapped up his first official visit to Washington as president yesterday, as his government looks to fulfill its promise of strengthening relations with the United States. Yet one of the most promising areas of bilateral dialogue—economic and commercial relations, including greater U.S. investment in Brazil—will depend heavily on the new government’s capacity to deliver much-needed reforms at home, particularly the approval of meaningful pension reform in the Brazilian National Congress.

A Conversation with Congressman Michael McCaul

In this wide-ranging conversation between Wilson Center President Jane Harman and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Congressman discussed U.S. policy in global hot spots, including Venezuela; the implications of China's Belt and Road Initiative; the relationship between the United States and Russia; ongoing conflicts in the Middle East; and the future of negotiations with North Korea.

'A Stab in the Back' or 'A Pat on the Back?'

Experts and pundits in the United States and South Korea have been very busy analyzing the mystery of “Why No Deal in Hanoi.” Just as politics in America and South Korea are different, conclusions for why the summit broke down inside the two allies seem to be dissimilar as well.

The Contours of Global Security: Border Lines, Critical Regions

As debate rages in Washington over President Trump’s characterization of the situation at the southern U.S. border as a national security emergency, the risks and stakes in several hot-spot regions around the world are far less open to question.

Leading Wilson Center experts surveyed the state of affairs at North America’s borders and in areas experiencing acute security crises, from Venezuela to North Korea to Syria.
 

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U.S.-Venezuela Relations and the Path to a Democratic Transition: Cynthia Arnson Testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Cynthia Arnson, director of the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, testified on U.S.-Venezuela relations before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues. The session was chaired by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and included other panelists: USAID Administrator Mark Green, Special Representative for Venezuela The Honorable Elliott Abrams, and Vice President for the Council of the Americas Eric Farnsworth.

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