International Security News

Best Chance in a Decade on an Iran Nuke Deal

Nov 22, 2013
In this interview, Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright and former scholar David Sanger both agree that a nuclear deal with Iran could be imminent. “Iran needs a deal like never before,” said Robin Wright. “I would be surprised if we don’t get a deal.”

Latin American Program in the News: Is World's Most Powerful Drug Kingpin Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Hiding in Honduras?

Nov 22, 2013
Eric Olson, LAP Associate Director, comments to Forbes on recent speculations that Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman might have left Mexico and be hiding out in Honduras.

The Case Against Negotiating With Assad

Oct 31, 2013
"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a roll," writes Aaron David Miller. But, he cautions, negotiations with Assad would be a bad move.

Lessons from the Summer of Snowden

Oct 22, 2013
“Lessons from the Summer of Snowden: The Hard Road Back to Trust,” a joint policy paper by former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Georg Mascolo, and Ben Scott, Senior Advisor at the New America Foundation, discusses the necessity of a political solution that resolves US and European disputes over NSA surveillance programs.

Wilson Center Launches Global Europe Program

Sep 26, 2013
The Wilson Center launches new Global Europe program, which focuses on Europe’s external challenges and opportunities. On occasion of the launch, the Center's President and CEO Jane Harman will host a public discussion with Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The Tally

Sep 20, 2013
The Syrians created a crisis by using chemical weapons in a massive attack on August 21, President Barack Obama threatened force but then vacillated, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, recognizing both Obama's strengths and his weaknesses, stepped up, grabbed center stage, and inserted himself directly into a process he'd long avoided. It shows that the right combination of pain and gain is what creates openings and drives big decisions.

China and Japan REALLY Don’t Like Each Other

Sep 04, 2013
A recent survey of Chinese and Japanese citizens views of each other’s countries found that 92.8 percent of Chinese respondents hold unfavorable views of Japan, a startling 28 percent rise from the year before. Similarly, 90.1 percent of respondents in Japan had an unfavorable or relatively unfavorable view of China, compared with 84.3 percent last year. For both countries, these figures were higher than in the previous nine annual surveys conducted.

The Limits of Action In Syria

Aug 28, 2013
Aaron David Miller considers three core questions that need answering about the military action the president is about to authorize in Syria.

China Defense Chief and Hagel Need to Find Balance for Pacific

Aug 23, 2013
Top leaders in both China and the US are concerned about the growing strategic rivalry between the two countries. They are conscious of the historical examples, where the clash of interests between rising powers and established powers has precipitated bloody conflicts. They have endorsed the concept of trying to create a new model of major power relations between China and the US that can prevent history from repeating itself. Whether this will be possible remains to be seen

East Asia: Leaving Post-War Angst Behind

Aug 15, 2013
Irrational nationalism is driving an ever-deeper wedge between Japan, China, and South Korea. All three countries face considerable economic challenges which will be better tackled together, instead of picking at the old wounds from World War II, argues Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto in The Globalist.

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