Security and Defense News

Why Military Intervention Won't End Yemen's Crisis

Mar 27, 2015
"The many layers of Yemen’s crisis are unlikely to be solved by military means," writes Robin Wright.

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes in Yemen, Iran Reacts

Mar 26, 2015
On March 26, Saudi Arabia began conducting airstrikes in Yemen against the Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite movement that has controlled the capital city Sanaa since September 2014.

Eric Olson's Testimony Before the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Mar 25, 2015
Securing the Border: Understanding and Addressing the Root Causes of Central American Migration to the United States

The Tragedy of Tunisia

Mar 19, 2015
"Lack of jobs is only one of several issues that have disillusioned Tunisia’s young and enticed some of them to militancy," writes Robin Wright.

Mr. Ghani Goes to Washington

Mar 19, 2015
"Ghani may have many friends in Washington, both inside and outside government. Ultimately, however, it is his friends (and some foes) back in Afghanistan whom he will need to lean on if the country’s many challenges are to be overcome," writes Michael Kugelman.

Will Museum Terrorist Attack Derail Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy?

Mar 19, 2015
"The only thing that’s certain now is that if the Western world and Persian Gulf states do not help Tunisia tackle its unemployment and the sociological malaise of the younger generation, things there will grow worse before there is any hope of improvement," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Jason Brodsky.

Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities

Mar 19, 2015
Cyber threats, and related vulnerabilities, are becoming more numerous and sophisticated. And the job of keeping one step ahead of the problem is a most daunting task. During a recent Director's Forum, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, delivered a keynote speech about the evolving threats and the Obama Administration's comprehensive strategy to address them. She also discussed the topic with Wilson Center Director, Jane Harman and fielded question from participants in the public forum. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Las bandas criminales ¿Qué son y cómo debe responder el Estado?

Mar 16, 2015
Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón writes about the priority of finding solutions to the problem of crime and growing insecurity. This article is in Spanish.

The Risks in Negotiating With Syria’s Assad

Mar 15, 2015
"Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments Sunday that the Obama administration is considering negotiating with the Assad regime to achieve a political settlement in Syria is less stunning news than an acknowledgement that U.S. policy toward Syria has failed," writes Aaron David Miller.

How the CIA can get from spy to cyberspy

Mar 12, 2015
"No agency employee should be able to say 'cyber' isn't in their job description," writes Jane Harman.