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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.

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.

Latin American Program in the News: Kerry in Colombia

Aug 27, 2013
Cynthia Arnson's interview on HuffPost Live about the challenges of the Colombian peace process and the difficulties of obtaining Colombian security stability.

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

Pakistan's Number One Threat

Aug 13, 2013
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly declared that his number one priority is rebuilding his country’s economy. But Wilson Center and Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani warns, in an article published in the Foreign Policy’s AFPAK channel, that the Sharif government may face an even more urgent task: combatting the domestic terrorism that threatens the very future of Pakistan.

Two Reasons Why Laredo Has Less Homicides than Nuevo Laredo

Aug 07, 2013
So-called spillover violence has long been a concern of residents of U.S. communities along the Southwest border, yet spikes in violent crime along the Mexican side of the border rarely impact rates of violence in the United States. InSight Crime’s Steven Dudley exams the forces behind these statistics in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo.

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