Security and Defense News

Five Things to Watch for in the Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

Jul 14, 2015
Here are five things to look out for in the coming days, as we all assess the text of the agreement and reactions to it.
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El Chapo Escapes: Major Setback for Mexico’s War on Organized Crime

Jul 14, 2015
The drug lord known as “El Chapo” has escaped from a maximum security prison for a second time. What are the implications for Mexico’s war on organized crime? Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood provides an overview.

An Iran Deal, At Last

Jul 14, 2015
"The terms, however, are likely to give both proponents and opponents new arguments for their positions. No party got all it wanted; there’s a shortcoming to every benefit," writes Robin Wright.

Two World-Changing Deals

Jul 14, 2015
"Both of these deals provide better outcomes than failed negotiations would have. They demonstrate that dedicated diplomacy can still achieve positive solutions within an integrated global system that is more or less still functioning," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

We Got To Yes. Now It’s Time for a Reality Check.

Jul 14, 2015
"Indeed, even 15 years from now, Iran will still possess an industrial-size nuclear infrastructure, and by the president’s own admission, the capacity to “break out” potentially at will. We’ve created a mechanism to constrain Iran’s nuclear weapons pretensions, not eliminate them," writes Aaron David Miller.
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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.

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