National Security

Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism Part 1

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. SMU Professor of Law, Jeffrey Kahn describes that challenge and surveys the global security landscape in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Global Fellow Fernando Reinares Awarded Prestigious Medal of La Rioja in Spain

On June 9th, Wilson Center Global Fellow Fernando Reinares was awarded the Medal of La Rioja in Spain for his contribution to the study of the 2004 Madrid Train Bombings and for his “outstanding contribution to the fight against terrorism and the defense of democratic principles”.

The Nuclear Threat: Getting Better or Worse?


Nuclear Security Summit 2016 was recently convened in Washington, DC. Prior to the event, the Wilson Center gathered a high-level panel of experts to focus on the threat posed by nuclear weapons and the proliferation of nuclear technology. Is the global security equation getting better or getting worse? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.


Speakers (listed in order of appearance)

Lead Negotiator Wendy Sherman Explains the Iran Nuclear Deal

Chief U.S. Iran nuclear negotiator, Ambassador Wendy Sherman, visited the Wilson Center to explain the intricacies of the deal and to offer her assessment of the final outcome and what will follow. She responded to questions from the Wilson Center’s Rob Litwak, and also from members of the audience.

Wendy Sherman, Chief U.S. Nuclear Negotiator with Iran
Robert S. Litwak, Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director of International Security Studies, Wilson Center

"Canada’s Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and Implications for U.S. National Security": Laura Dawson Testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

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Canada’s Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and Implications for U.S. National Security

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The Miller Center's First Year Project: National Security and World Order

The Wilson Center and UVA’s Miller Center invite you to join us for a series of two panels on the topic of national security in a president’s first year. Panel I explores the successes and failures of past administrations in grappling with early foreign policy decisions and the lessons learned. The second discussion looks forward to the next presidency. Panelists will assess best practices and their optimal application to contemporary security issues confronting America and the world.

Why the U.S. Should Be Paying Attention to Russia’s Latest Strikes in Syria

This week, Russia expanded on its campaign in Syria with a series of 34 air-launched cruise missile strikes, perhaps even eclipsing the October 7 cruise missile launches from Russia’s Caspian Flotilla.

The ISIS Primer

By Cameron Glenn

The Islamic State emerged with breathtaking speed in 2014 after seizing large swaths of Iraq and Syria. It has since overtaken al Qaeda as the dominant worldwide jihadist organization. ISIS has since achieved what had been al Qaeda’s longtime goal – establishing a global caliphate with its own government, economy and army. The following is an overview of the origins, structure, leadership, and ideology of ISIS.

The Paris Attacks: New Pressure on the Obama Administration

Wilson Center Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey describes new pressure on the Obama Administration in the aftermath of the attack on Paris.