National Security

Immigration and Border Security in the Age of Trump

Wall or no wall, Mexico, the United States, and Central America face a migration crisis that will only continue to worsen. Tens of thousands of people—in particular from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala—are being pushed out of their countries and towards the United States by a toxic combination of extreme violence, poverty, and lack of economic opportunities.

Assessing Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

For his first trip as Secretary of Defense, James Mattis traveled to South Korea to assert the U.S. commitment to that nation and to send a warning to its northern neighbor. This follows on the heels of North Korea’s claims that it is close to perfecting ICBM technology that would enable it to strike the continental United States. We asked the Wilson Center’s James Person to assess the current level of tension on the Korean Peninsula in the wake of Secretary Mattis’ visit.  That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

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The Cybersecurity Dilemma: Hacking, Trust and Fear Between Nations

Why do nations break into one another's most important computer networks? There is an obvious answer: to steal valuable information or to attack. But this isn't the full story. This book draws on often-overlooked documents leaked by Edward Snowden, real-world case studies of cyber operations, and policymaker perspectives to show that intruding into other countries' networks has enormous defensive value as well. Two nations, neither of which seeks to harm the other but neither of which trusts the other, will often find it prudent to launch intrusions.

A Clash of Foreign Policies

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The war raging in Syria involves not just numerous fighting sides, both state and non-state, but also rival political strategies. The foreign policies of Moscow and Washington had been headed for collision for quite a while, and they finally met in Syria. The clash between them is proving fateful for the region and for all the players involved.

The Spy Who Couldn't Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI's Hunt for America's Stolen Secrets

The thrilling, true-life account of the FBI’s hunt for the ingenious traitor Brian Regan—known as the Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.
 
Before Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.
 

Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism Part 2

In an effort to prevent bloodshed in the age of terrorism, are we sacrificing civil liberties at the altar of security? And is enough being done to reverse any erosion that’s taken place in the shadow of 9-11 and to avoid future assaults on basic freedoms? Achieving the delicate balance between freedom and security has always been challenging. Kennan Rule of Law Initiative Director, Will Pomeranz compares the situation in the US to what’s occurring around the world and also describes the role technology is playing in the security v.

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