International Security News

Harman: Drone Courts Can Work

Feb 20, 2013
In this opinion piece, Wilson Center President Jane Harman argues that a FISA-like process for governing so-called "remote-control warfare" --the use of drone strikes and offensive cyberattacks--would protect individual liberties enshrined in the Constitution while confronting a supercharged threat environment.

Strategic Challenges for the U.S.-China Relationship

Feb 19, 2013
Check out KICUS Director, J. Stapleton Roy's presentation on Strategic Challenges for the U.S.-China Relationship at the East-West Center!

Latin American Program in the News: Hand of U.S. Is Seen in Halting General’s Rise in Mexico

Feb 06, 2013
Associate Director Eric L. Olson gives The New York Times his views on the future of Mexico-U.S. relations.

Former Quebec Scholar Vincent-Joël Proulx releases Transnational Terrorism and State Accountability: A New Theory of Prevention

Feb 06, 2013
Vincent-Joël Proulx, the 2009 Wilson Center Canada Institute Quebec Scholar, recently released his book, Transnational Terrorism and State Accountability: A New Theory of Prevention. In it, he details the shortcomings of the extant scheme of state responsibility regarding terrorist activities, and identifies a paradigm shift towards more indirect modes of accountability. Ultimately, the legal and policy sensibilities that he emphasizes converge into a new theory of prevention in counterterrorism contexts.

Latin American Program in the News: Brother of President Santos says that the dialogue with the FARC ‘has to flow more’

Feb 01, 2013
Enrique Santos noted progress in the peace processes but stressed the need to keep up the pace. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: Screen Travelers in Advance, and Focus on Real Dangers

Feb 01, 2013
Eric Olson's take on U.S.-Mexico border security featured in the NYT's "Room for Debate"

Al Qaeda on the Rise in North Africa?

Jan 30, 2013
Al Qaeda and its affiliates may exploit the limited ability of new Arab governments to control their territory, according to the United States Institute of Peace's Dan Brumberg. Now the organization and its affiliates have no incentive to directly challenge the new governments. But they are likely establishing local cells that could pose a security threat.

Mali: It’s Salafi-Jihadist Insurgency, Stupid!

Jan 29, 2013
On January 28, a new report by the Quilliam Foundation warned that the Mali conflict has now evolved into a global security threat. The latest chapter in the half-century old conflict began in July 2012 when Islamic extremists linked to al Qaeda seized control of northern Mali. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been winning recruits since the mid-2000s, rebranding the Taureg nationalist movement as an Islamist one.

Latin American Program in the News: Obama's Gun Plan Could Impact Weapons Trafficking

Jan 23, 2013
Eric Olson remarked upon the impact that a trafficking law approved by the U.S. Congress could have on arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico.

Latin American Program in the News: Obama is Empowered

Jan 22, 2013
Our Director, Cynthia J. Arnson was interviewed by El Espectador on Obama's second term. (IN SPANISH)

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