National Security

Immigration: Transforming America

In the final installment of our recap of the Wilson Center May 2015 Alumni Conference, an expert panel explores the ongoing ways that immigration is transforming America.  That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Part 1, a REWIND recap of a conversation between Madeleine Albright and Jane Harman, can be found here:  

A New Foreign Policy for America

In an era of new and emerging global threats, Senator Chris Murphy believes there is an urgent need to refocus the traditional debate between isolationism and military interventionism. Join us as Senator Murphy outlines the eight principles for a new foreign policy vision that seeks to maintain U.S. global leadership but looks beyond our traditional military toolkit for engaging the world.

U.S.-China Relations and Regional Order

U.S.-China Relations and Regional Order was presented as the keynote address at Blurring Borders: National, Subnational, and Regional Orders in East Asia on June 1, 2015. The webcast of the event can be viewed here. A PDF version is available for download below.  

Hold the Obituary: Is the U.S. Really in Decline?

In the second installment of our recap of the Wilson Center May 2015 Alumni Conference, we hear from an a-list panel of analysts addressing the question, “Is the U.S. in decline?” From the China challenge to the “rise of the rest,” America’s place in the world is being questioned from within and without. Is the American Century truly over and are its best days in history’s rear view mirror? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

How Supplying Sunni Tribes Could Backfire on the U.S.

The possibility that the Obama administration is considering supplying military assistance directly to Sunni tribes in Anbar underscores a central challenge in Washington’s approach to Iraq,  Syria, and the Middle East generally. I call it the “one person’s floor is another person’s ceiling” problem.

Middle East Realities That Challenge Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

The emerging Iran deal that the Obama administration contends is comprehensive and definitive contains so many uncertainties, including those regarding Iran’s future nuclear weapons aspirations, that it might well turn out to be an extended interim accord.

This underscores an issue with a few things Secretary of State John Kerry recently said while defending the Iran deal–remarks that I presume he’d like to take back:

The Iran Nuclear Deal and the Role of the US Congress

As progress continues toward finalizing a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the United States Congress is moving forward with legislation that will further define and assert its role in the negotiations. Some have suggested that partisanship is in play, while others believe that the process of checks and balances is operating as it should. To gain insight and historical context, we spoke with Congress expert Don Wolfensberger. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

What’s Undermining Obama’s Camp David Summit

The last time there was really good news from a Camp David summit  was 1978, when Jimmy Carter brought together Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin and laid the basis for the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. The 2000 Camp David summit at which Bill Clinton tried to do the same with Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat didn’t have a happy ending.

And the Camp David summit President Barack Obama is hosting to allay Gulf allies’ concerns over a nuclear deal with Iran isn’t likely to measure up either.

3 Reasons to Be Skeptical of Seymour Hersh’s Account of the Bin Laden Raid

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published an article Sunday about the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan that immediately went viral, crashing the London Review of Books Web site.

Among its striking claims: Bin Laden was a “prisoner” of the Pakistani intelligence service in his Abbottabad compound since 2006; the United States learned of Bin Laden’s whereabouts through a former Pakistani intelligence officer; Saudi Arabia was “financing Bin Laden’s upkeep”; and Pakistan’s military helped Washington plan the raid.