Security and Defense News


A New Vision for US Foreign Policy

Jul 12, 2015
In an era of new and emerging global threats, Senator Chris Murphy believes there is an urgent need for a new vision for US foreign policy. During a recent Wilson Center address, he outlined eight principles for a vision that seeks to maintain U.S. global leadership while looking beyond our traditional military toolkit for engaging the world. He discussed the ideas with the Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller and attendees of the event.

Mexican Drug Kingpin, El Chapo, Escapes Prison Through Tunnel

Jul 12, 2015
Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted about the influence of gangs in Mexican prisons.

Pakistan’s Other National Struggle: Its Energy Crisis

Jul 09, 2015
"Pakistan’s energy crisis is rooted in such a complex and interrelated web of causes (including but not limited to crushing sectoral debt, gross mismanagement, and dysfunctional institutions) that there is little consensus on what needs to be done and how," writes Michael Kugelman.

The Nuclear Deal’s Adversaries Back Home

Jul 07, 2015
"If an agreement eventually emerges, both parties will have to sell it to constituencies that remain skeptical because of the even more tortured history between the two countries," writes Robin Wright.

Is No Nuclear Deal With Iran a Better Outcome for Obama?

Jul 06, 2015
"In short, Washington could manage the fallout from no agreement. And in that case, it’s more than likely that Iran would become a problem for the next administration, which, frankly, wouldn’t be such a bad outcome for this one," writes Aaron David Miller.

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

Jul 02, 2015
"U.S. officials understandably are focused on America’s middle class, but they should also pay closer attention to the ways in which the growing global middle class may undermine American interests, beyond its acknowledged effects on climate change and resource scarcity," writes Brenda Seaver.

Infographic: Citizen Security in Michoacán

Jun 30, 2015
This infographic is based on our paper "Citizen Security in Michoacán," a part of our "Building Resilient Communities in ‪#‎Mexico‬: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence" briefing paper series.

Can the U.S. Get a Good Iran Deal?

Jun 30, 2015
"Obama has argued that regardless of Iran's behavior at home and in the region, a constrained nuclear program is worth achieving in its own right because Iran will be less dangerous," writes Aaron David Miller.

What If No Agreement Is Reached on Iran’s Nuclear Program?

Jun 30, 2015
"Much depends on how the talks collapse: Who takes the hit will be important in the political positioning that inevitably follows the demise of a deal," writes Aaron David Miller.

The War that Haunts Iran’s Negotiators

Jun 28, 2015
"The Iraq war still haunts Iran—and shapes the theocracy’s positions at the negotiating table—partly because tens of thousands are still dying from chemical weapons, according to the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support," writes Robin Wright.