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Airstrike Trends: May 2016

In May, U.S. and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh – declined slightly in Iraq and increased in Syria compared to the previous month. The United States and its partners conducted 504 airstrikes in Iraq and 156 airstrikes in Syria.

Journey Into Europe: A Discussion With Filmmaker Akbar Ahmed

Anthropologist, author, and filmmaker Akbar Ahmed, a former Pakistani diplomat, has been exploring the world of Islam and its interactions with the non-Muslim world through a series of books and films. The latest in the series, “Journey Into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity,” comes at a vital time for the EU as it grapples with a migration crisis with no end in sight. A discussion of the film and the issues it explores provides the focus for this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


A Rage For Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS

In 2011, a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption, and economic decay. From Egypt to Yemen, a generation of young Arabs insisted on a new ethos of common citizenship. Their bravery and idealism stirred observers around the world and led militant jihadis to worry that they had been superseded by a new and peaceful uprising.

Wilson Center Congratulates Joby Warrick on Second Pulitzer Prize

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European Security After Brussels

The terrorist attack on Brussels has highlighted the need for more and better coordination of counter-terrorism measures not only in Belgium but also throughout Europe. With the investigation ongoing, we spoke with Belgium’s Ambassador to the United States, veteran diplomat Johan Verbeke, who shared thoughts on his country’s response and also on improving security strategy among the nations of the EU. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS

Robert Worth, contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, discussed his recently published book, A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS, and its accounts of the Arab Spring’s protests and legacies. 

What the Brussels Attacks Highlight in the Long War Against ISIS

Here’s why the global response to the attacks in Brussels this week isn’t likely to be more effective than the one that followed the Paris attacks in November.

Looting and Trafficking of Antiquities in the Middle East

Looting and Trafficking of Antiquities in the Middle East

April 7, 2016

Four experts shared their analyses on the threat that looting and trafficking of antiquities from archaeological sites poses to the survival of cultural heritage.

How to stop the next aircraft bomb

As Tuesday's tragedy in Belgium made clear, air travel remains vulnerable to determined terrorists. Three plotters, at least one of whom wore a suicide vest, killed or maimed hundreds by striking the unsecured front of the Brussels Airport, the departures terminal. The attack sparked an important debate about extending the security perimeter, as airports like Israel's Ben Gurion International and LAX have done to some degree.