National Security

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.

Chapter 22 Update: National Security and Climate Change

I’ve been asked to write a few pages of commentary, reflecting upon ideas contained in the chapter I wrote in 2013, for Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition.  To do this, however, requires a kind of running start beginning further back in my past, rather than a standing jump from the near-present. Three documents are involved: “Implications of Severe Climate Change in 30 Years”; [1]  “Energy, Homeland and National Security”;[2] and  “National Security, Energy, Climate Change: New Paradigm, New Strategy, New Governance” (the chapter cited earlier).[3]

Internships with the Cold War International History Project

Fall Semester Application Deadline is 15 July 2019

Program Intern (Cold War History)

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-FA2017-I-18


The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center accepts internship applications throughout the year. The summer semester deadline in 30 March, the fall semester deadline is 15 July, and the spring semester deadline is 15 November.

ISIS Rising: Overestimating the Threat?

For obvious reasons, ISIS remains a major focus of security discussions. But is it possible that we are overestimating the threat? A recent Wilson Center panel considered the possibility that the Islamic State, like the mythological Icarus, may be headed for a crash of sorts. 

Insights from a National Dialogue on Climate Change, Energy, and Security

In the midst of a minefield on day two of Desert Storm Task Force Ripper, Marine Corps Operations Officer Richard Zilmer stepped out of his armored personnel carrier, squinted up at the sky, and saw nothing but black from horizon to horizon. Iraqi forces, trying desperately to blunt the attack of coalition armies, had set fire to hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells and oil-filled trenches.