Security and Defense News

Nuclear Weapons: Lesson From the Yom Kippur War

Oct 03, 2013
According to some historical accounts, Israel came very close to deploying nuclear weapons during the Yom Kippur War. But a newly released firsthand account of high-level deliberations provides a more nuanced account of what occurred.

Latin American Program in the News: Presentan propuestas para atender seguridad ciudadana

Oct 01, 2013
This article discusses a recent forum held by the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (CCIAP) on the challenges and future prospects of citizen security in the region. Wilson Center Visiting Expert, Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara, whose expertise is in security and organized crime, presented on the subject of “Citizen Security: Challenges Ahead”. This article is in Spanish.

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.

Latin American Program in the News: 'Una agenda sin fechas límite es fatal'

Sep 26, 2013
Cynthia Arnson was interviewed by ElEspectador.com about the ongoing peace negotiations in Colombia and President Juan Manuel Santos' role in the process. President Santos was recently awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. This article is in Spanish.

Dealing with Iran: Get Ready for a Wild Ride

Sep 26, 2013
The Obama administration's effort to negotiate a deal on the nuclear issue is going to be an unpredictable ride, but any deal will need to acknowledge the politics on both sides, writes Aaron David Miller.
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Wilson Awards: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Honored

Sep 24, 2013
President Santos of Colombia was presented with the Wilson Center's Award for Public Service, honoring his commitment to serving the public god by fostering democracy, security, and peace in Colombia.

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.

Done Right, Security and Liberty Should Reinforce Each Other. And Here's How to Do It Right.

Sep 19, 2013
"Security and liberty are reinforcing values: we either get more of both, or less of both. Done right, government policies and laws that make the nation more secure – like those authorizing electronic surveillance – should not undermine our constitutional rights," writes Jane Harman in The New Republic.

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.

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