International Security

Japan Accelerates Its Hedging Strategy

It is natural for countries to feel anxious when their security depends on the commitments of an ally. This is why a critical part of American foreign policy since the end of the Second World War has been to reassure its allies in Europe and Asia alike that its commitment to their defense was rock-solid. History has also demonstrated that allies, when less certain about Washington’s security guarantee, begin to look elsewhere.

Israel in a Turbulent Region: A Conversation with Ephraim Sneh

Israel sits at the center of a region in the throes of several major challenges, including the situations in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon as well as the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The Wilson Center hosted a conversation with Ephraim Sneh, a long-time Israeli official and analyst of Israel’s foreign policy and the region at large. He addressed these challenges as well as the state of U.S.-Israeli relations.
 

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Previewing Secretary Pompeo's North Korea Trip

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the latest in ongoing negotiations between the Trump administration and North Korea on denuclearization. Jean H. Lee, Director of the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, previews Secretary of State Pompeo’s upcoming fourth visit to North Korea.

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A Discussion with John Kerry

Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman recently interviewed former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on a range of foreign policy issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Paris Agreement. They also discussed the functioning of Congress and the U.S. government today and Kerry's new memoir, Every Day is Extra.

 

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The Quetta Experience: Attitudes and Values within Pakistan's Army

The Pakistani Army has long been a challenging yet critical partner for the U.S. government.
 
On the one hand, Washington views it as the architect of policies that are deeply problematic for the United States. These policies include the development and production of nuclear weapons, and the provision of safe havens for terrorists that target American soldiers across the border in Afghanistan. Despite Washington’s efforts to get Pakistan to alter these policies, they have remained in place for several decades.
 

Event Recap: Chinese Expansion and the South China Sea: Beijing’s Strategic Ambition and the Asian Order

China’s ambitions to become Asia’s undisputed regional hegemon is evident in the South China Sea, as Beijing creates military bases along remote reefs and islands in a 1.5-million-square mile expanse. Humphrey Hawksley, the author of Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea and Strategy of Chinese Expansion, Los Angeles Times Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Bob Drogin, and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia James Clad, spoke at the Wilson Center to discuss the rivalry between China and the United States, and the dilemma facing countries in the region.

China Looks South

There is little question that the first half of the 21st century will see a momentous contest between the United States and China for primacy in Asia–with the initial focus on Southeast Asia and the South China Sea. In the decades following World War II the American preeminence in the region, politically, culturally, economically, and militarily, was clear even as U.S. forces left Indochina, their mission unaccomplished. However, the dramatic rise of China out of the ruins of civil war and Maoist excesses has changed the strategic landscape utterly.

Deepening a Natural Partnership? Assessing the State of U.S.-India Counterterrorism Cooperation

Nearly a year after the Washington summit meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi, U.S.-India relations, and particularly bilateral security relations, are making ample progress. To assess that progress, the Asia Program invited security analyst Amit Kumar to speak on June 14th at the Wilson Center. As Michael Kugelman, the deputy director of the Asia Program, mentioned in the beginning of the event, the India-U.S.

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