National Security

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.

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?

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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

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