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Libya Still an Uncertain Success

The U.S. has limited resources to act on protest movements around the Middle East and despite an apparent success in Libya, coercive sanctions may have been a better precedent to set for countries that are not a direct threat to U.S. strategic interests, says Jane Harman on Fox News.

The National Conversation--9/11: The Next Ten Years

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With the imminent fall of the Libyan regime and enormous changes taking place across the Arab world, the national security landscape has dramatically altered.

Discipline Key to Peaceful Transfer of Power in Libya

We cannot predict the outcome of the situation in Libya but the goal should be to present Gaddafi on a world-watched trial for war crimes, says Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown." The ultimate goal, she says, is the peaceful transfer of power to the Libyan people.

U.S. Immigration Policy since 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate Over Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The week before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States had seemed on the cusp of major immigration reform. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox had agreed to a comprehensive framework that included legalization, a guest-worker program, and increased border security. But mere days after that agreement, which seemed poised to win bipartisan support, the terrorist attacks upended substantive policy reform in favor of an enforcement-only agenda.

Gaddafi Against the Ropes, Assad Remains Defiant

Moammar Gaddafi is such a bizarre and erratic person that even as rebels assert control over Tripoli, it is impossible to confidently call for negotiations or predict his current location, says Robin Wright on CNN's American Morning

Obama Administration Tells Syrian President to Step Down

The U.S. has finally reconciled its policy between Syria and Libya, says Aaron David Miller, but this does not mark the end of the Assad regime.


Border Security Challenges After 9/11: A Conversation With Three Commissioners of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Co-sponsored with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection History Department

Commissioner Alan Bersin of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) joins former commissioners Robert Bonner and Ralph Basham in a discussion of border security since 9/11. This roundtable, facilitated by Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, will examine how the federal government consolidated border security into one CBP in 2003 and how threats to the nation’s homeland have evolved over the last decade.

Forward Deployed Naval Forces

This week on dialogue, guests Pete Pagano, a captain in the United States Navy and commander of the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, and Mark Desens, a colonel in the United States Marine Corps and commander of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, discuss their nine month deployment across Southwest Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.  The Navy Marine Corps team they led completed a wide range of missions including the dramatic rescue of a downed fighter pilot. They join us today to talk about their experiences and the role that forward deployed naval forces play in U.S.

The National Conversation Continues: A Follow Up Discussion with Mr. Y

In the inaugural National Conversation Series held by the Wilson Center in April 2011, the center of discussion was a white paper written by two active-duty military officers, Captain Wayne Porter (U.S. Navy) and Colonel Mark Mykelby (U.S. Marine Corps). The paper, “A National Strategic Narrative”  contends that the United States should move away from such outdated Cold War strategies as containment and deterrence toward sustainable prosperity and civic engagement.