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Iran Nuclear Extension: Key to Deal or an Empty Room?

The Takeaways:

  1. While negotiators failed to reach a deal by the original November 24 deadline, this was not due to a lack of will. Both Iran and all the members of the P5+1 have made an earnest effort to advance negotiations and avoid being distracted by global politics. As Ms.Wright pointed out, there is a precedent for negotiations of this magnitude to take at least a year.

Authorization for Use of Military Force: Will Congress Step Up to the Plate?

In recent months, U.S. domestic politics was focused on midterm elections. Meanwhile, the Middle East’s political and strategic landscape was drastically changing as ISIL advanced into Iraq. While the role of the U.S. military has expanded and evolved as ISIL’s capabilities change, U.S. policies have not. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), and others inside and outside of government, believe that Congress needs to debate and outline a new military policy and ultimately vote on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Deadline Approaches: Deal or No Deal?

With the latest deadline approaching, P5+1 and Iranian negotiators are attempting to make headway on a long awaited deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Is a deal possible or likely? What will it take to reach a compromise? And if talks break down, what are the consequences? Robert Litwak has been following the story and provides an overview of the possibilities in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

About Robert Litwak

Media, M.D.

After almost two months of screaming newspaper headlines and wall-to-wall cable television coverage about the Ebola outbreak, a calm descended over the media in late October. On Oct. 30, the Washington Post's front page carried the headline, "New Cases of Ebola Declining, WHO Says." The next day, the same real estate carried stories about the war in Syria and the CEO of Apple, Inc. Over the same two days, Ebola was nowhere to be found on the front page of the New York Times.

Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change, and Our National Security [Screening]

“We cannot ignore the new reality that climate change has become a major foreign policy issue in the 21st century,” a new film by Hal and Marilyn Weiner concludes.

And yet a majority of Americans don’t see it that way. According to a recent Pew Center study, only 4 in 10 Americans cite climate change as a global threat, making them the least concerned of the publics sampled.

Congress Rising: Obama, Iraq, Syria and the Use of Force

The Takeaways:

1.      While President Obama was well within his constitutional rights to order airstrikes in early August, he has since claimed that the U.S. is now on “the offensive” against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As such, the focus is no longer on protecting U.S. citizens against a credible threat and the President must gain approval from Congress in order to continue the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Syria.

The First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity








The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Be Foundation were pleased to host the First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity: The Double Invisibility of Mexican Migrants in light of Potential U.S. Immigration Reform. The forum provided for the analysis and discussion of the phenomenon of immigrants whose births went unregistered and who, as a result, lack proof of identity and nationality.

Analyzing ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

Two months after its first airstrikes against Islamic State, Washington has finally named its latest military operation in the Middle East. The delay was curious. Maybe it was hard to come up with a title that embraced the massive but amorphous nature of this novel intervention against Islamic State, an extremist movement (also known as ISIS or ISIL) that has gobbled up vast chunks of Iraq and Syria.

Show Me the Money

Something has to give.

Book Launch - Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

After five years of research and hundreds of interviews, Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution, reveals the unexpected history of the weapon that has forever altered the way we wage war and the future of aviation. 

The Predator was transformed in a shockingly short time from a flimsy remote-control airplane with a camera under its chin to the first killing device whose users could stalk and annihilate a targeted individual on the other side of the world from a position of utter invulnerability.