Security and Defense News

Iran's Nuclear Chess: After the Deal

Sep 09, 2015
In his updated monograph, Robert Litwak addresses the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran and assesses its terms and prospective implementation, as well as the implications should the agreement not be implemented.

Putin’s Strategy is Far Better than You Think

Sep 07, 2015
Is Vladimir Putin a strategic genius or not?

Why the Russian air force keeps recklessly testing America's defenses

Sep 01, 2015
Russia's intensified military overflights have caused Western consternation. Moscow's strategic bombers and fighters plow the unwelcoming Western skies, violating airspace across Europe, and taking cruises to the Caribbean, South East Asia, and the U.S. coast. American allies from Japan to Norway are forced to scramble constantly to identify and escort Russian aircraft out of their air identification zones.

Fences of Fancy: The Refugee Crisis in Europe

Aug 31, 2015
Former East European Studies scholar Tibor Purger explores the refugee crisis in Europe as it plays out on border between Serbia and Hungary.

Death, Taxes, and the Slow Destruction of Syria

Aug 27, 2015
Given this president’s core beliefs — and the circumstances in which he is operating — the “do something, but not a lot” approach in Syria was foreordained. And here’s why, in more or less Obama’s own words.

Obama's Failure to Learn in the Middle East

Aug 27, 2015
"Whether you count yourself a fan of President Barack Obama's Middle East policies or a foe, one thing should be stunningly obvious by now: A good part of the president's foreign policy travails in this region stem from a pattern of needlessly high-flying rhetoric," writes Aaron David Miller.

Security Strategies to Combat Drug Violence in Mexico

Aug 24, 2015
This infographic compares President Enrique Peña Nieto and former president Felipe Calderón's security strategies to combat drug violence in Mexico.

African Security Issues: An Update on Current Challenges and Future Threats

Aug 14, 2015
James Schear, a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center's Africa Program and Environmental Change and Security Program, is a former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense with an expertise in the many security challenges facing the African continent. From Boko Haram to ongoing conflict in South Sudan, there is no shortage of issues. We spoke to Schear about a host of topics and also about the potential represented by the Security Governance Initiative agreed to by the U.S. and six African nations. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

In Washington and Tehran, Debate and Distrust Over Nuclear Deal

Aug 12, 2015
This is not the first time hard-liners in Washington and Tehran have had parallel contretemps. Find out why.

What Stood Out From Obama’s Speech on Iran Deal at American University

Aug 07, 2015
At American University, the president was not the persuader in chief but the lecturing professor in chief—and his approach was unlikely to gain converts. Here's why.