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Bad as Baghdadi? Pakistan’s Most Dangerous Man

With the Pakistani press fixated on impending anti-government protests in Islamabad, a major terrorist attack launched in mid-August on the other side of the country went largely unreported.

U.S. Seeking to Build Coalition to Take on ISIS

Aaron David Miller speaks with Luke Russert of MSNBC to discuss efforts by the U.S. to build a coalition to take on ISIS. Miller comments that "this is a very risk averse president, and a relatively risk averse American population, we are not going to forge the kind of coalition which allows for thousands of boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria. The situation is "exacerbated by the fact that we are going to have to rely on regional allies."

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

World War One: What Were They Thinking? Lessons From the Catastrophe

Why did a small number of European statesmen take the world into the seminal catastrophe of the Great War? The German Chancellor Otto Bismarck had warned in 1880 that “some damned foolish thing in the Balkans” might lead to a terrible war. The shots at Sarajevo did just that a hundred years ago. What have we learned?

This event is co-hosted with Thomson Reuters.

The Islamic State's Home-Field Advantage

Each day brings unsettling news of the Islamic State's (IS) latest conquest. Last week, the flashpoint was the Mosul Dam in Iraq; today, the Taqba air base in Syria falls. Meanwhile, the U.S. air campaign continues -- haltingly -- against IS positions. Anyone who's ever been to a carnival can tell who eventually wins the game of Whac-a-mole.

Why is Congress AWOL?

Since June, President Obama has sent five notices to Congress on Iraq, in compliance with the terms of the War Powers Resolution. Each details a U.S. military action: the several hundred advisers deployed, the humanitarian airdrops for stranded Yazidis, the 500-pound bombs dropped on the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Reflections on the Summit: Whither US-Africa Relations?

The recently concluded US-Africa Leaders Summit, which was held from August 4-6, 2014 and whose main theme was "Investing in the Next Generation," was an opportunity to discuss key issues and define a way forward for US-Africa relations. The gathering was historic. It was the first-ever US-Africa Summit since most African countries gained their independence some fifty years ago.

Pakistan and Afghanistan: Losing the Blame Game on Militancy

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.