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Trouble over Tehran

Public Policy Scholar Aaron David Miller outlines five reasons that Israel and the United States might want to think long and hard about preemptively striking Iran's nuclear facilities.

The Future of U.S. Forces in Europe

This week on an encore broadcast of dialogue, we examine the role of military forces in Europe with, Mark Hertling, Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe. Having assumed the post in March of 2011, General Hertling is Commander of approximately 42,000 U.S. Army forces assigned to Europe. Also joining us is Robert Litwak, Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center where he also serves as the director of the International Security Studies Program.

Missed Opportunities for Peace? The United States, Jordan and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

This seminar session will explore both United States and Jordanian decision-making in the run up to the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It will consider in particular the claim made by the former CIA station chief in Amman, Jack O’Connell, that he passed a specific warning about the Israeli plan of attack to King Hussein of Jordan. In his recent book, King’s Counsel, O’Connell presented new evidence about the so-called U.S. ‘green light’ to Israel.

Afghanistan: Is There A Regional Endgame?

Dr. Henry Kissinger and a distinguished panel from the media, government, and academia discuss the ongoing challenges in Afghanistan.

Democracy Wins in Tunisia


Tunisian Elections Set Positive Precedent for Arab World

"Tunisia has set a marker here, for what you do from a standing start…this is how you do a fair election, this is how people participate, and this is how you open it to the world to see it," says Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman on CNN’s American Morning.


Kissinger Institute hosts Senior Dialogue with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Chairman Zheng Bijian


Washington–October 21, 2011

The Kissinger Institute hosted a Senior Dialogue between delegations led by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Chairman Zheng Bijian of the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy (CIIDS) on October 19, 2011.

Others part of the delegations included:

Armed Drones Revolutionized Airpower

The success of the armed Predator has sparked a revolution in unmanned aircraft, making it “arguably the most important new military technology since the nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile,” according to a paper by Wilson Center Senior Scholar Richard Whittle.