Security and Defense News

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.

How Four Years of Civil War Has Destroyed Syria

Mar 11, 2015
"The Syrian Center for Policy Research, which is supported by two United Nations agencies, concludes that human development is 'rapidly regressing,' which is destabilizing a country that has long been the strategic center of the Middle East," writes Robin Wright.

In Iran, a Range of Reactions to Netanyahu’s Speech and Nuclear Talks

Mar 05, 2015
"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s unrelenting condemnation of the nuclear agreement being negotiated with Iran was received with ovations in Congress and by audiences at AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby. In Iran, however, the response has been more varied and more nuanced," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

5 Reasons to Think a U.S.-Iran Deal May Be Near

Mar 05, 2015
Unless you are on the inside and in touch with the rhythm of the talks, it’s tough to assess matters accurately, but here are five reasons to think a deal may be closer than ever according to Aaron David Miller.

The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

Mar 04, 2015
For four decades, Brent Scowcroft has been a major player in formulating and executing US national security policy. In his new biography of the man he dubs “The Strategist,” author Bartholomew Sparrow chronicles Scowcroft’s rise and the lasting impact of his work. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals

Feb 26, 2015
What can the past tell us about the likely outcome of current bargaining with Iran over its nuclear program? With negotiations ongoing, we spoke with Israeli scholar, Ori Rabinowitz, about the historical context for such dealings. She provides insights from past nuclear negotiations and how they might inform the current talks. Her book on the subject is titled, “Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals.” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

Feb 25, 2015
Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, recently delivered a major address at the Wilson Center. Afterwards, he discussed the latest efforts to secure America from a myriad of threats ranging from terrorism to natural disasters with the Center’s director and president, Jane Harman. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Presidents Obama, Bush Sound a Lot Alike on Countering Islamic Extremism

Feb 20, 2015
"Despite the partisan squabbles in Washington, President Barack Obama’s recent speeches on countering extremism could have been given by a Democrat or a Republican," writes Robin Wright.

Disrupting the Intelligence Community

Feb 20, 2015
"Too often, the preference is to tap terrorists’ phones and send spy satellites in search of hidden training camps, not to read the tweets of a 19-year-old jihadist. But in an era of online radicalization, indoctrination often happens in plain sight.," writes Jane Harman.