Security and Defense News

Summer Research Grant Competition

Feb 05, 2014
The Global Europe Program is now accepting applications for the summer research grant competition. This stipend is available to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. The grant is for a period of two months, and includes residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2014.

Improving Citizen Security in Mexico: Is the Peña Nieto Administration Succeeding?

Feb 05, 2014
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto made several bold promises while on the campaign trail in 2012 on how he would improve citizen security, including the unofficial claim that his administration would cut violence by 50% during his first year in office. With the administration’s first year complete, we asked two expert observers to provide analysis and context on what has transpired and to provide insight on the outlook moving forward.

Turkey’s Europe Momentum

Feb 04, 2014
"There is a limit to how far Turkey will distance itself from the West, in particular during times of regional or international systemic crisis," writes Wilson Center Global Fellow Bulent Aras in his latest policy brief on "Turkey's Europe Momentum." Discussing Turkey's relationship with Europe, Aras suggests that "It is possible to generate new momentum for a dialogue with the EU once a carefully structured and expressed political rhetoric has been put into political circulation."

Clash of Dreams: Becoming a ‘Normal Country’ in East Asia

Feb 04, 2014
The region’s countries have different visions of what they want to be. Can they work together to achieve them?

East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

Feb 04, 2014
The Wilson Center's Global Europe Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: March 1, 2014.

The Rot Within: Security and Corruption in Latin America

Feb 04, 2014
An article in the Winter 2013 issue of the journal Social Research, written by former Fellow Mark Ungar, cites two Latin American Program publications on organized crime, one written by Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón in 2008 and another edited by Garzón and Associate Director Eric Olson in 2013.

Pakistan’s Militancy Response: Too Little, Too Late

Feb 04, 2014
Pakistan may finally be getting more serious about tackling its militancy problem. But don’t get your hopes up.

Latin American Program in the News: "América Latina vota por su futuro"

Feb 03, 2014
Following the Latin American Program's Elections in Latin America event, speakers Cristina Eguizábal, Manuel Torres y Rafael Piñeiro participated in this discussion with Club de Prensa's Julio Marenco. This interview is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: "Pandillas y narcos atrapan a El Salvador"

Feb 03, 2014
This article about crime in El Salvador includes an interview with Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson and refers to the Latin American Program publication "¿A dónde vamos? Análisis de políticas públicas de seguridad ciudadana en América Latina". This article is in Spanish.

Government Task Force Recommends NSA Stop Collecting Phone Records

Jan 23, 2014
Jane Harman was interviewed on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" regarding the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's new report, which called the NSA's data collection program illegal. "My own view was and still is that the program is constitutional, but that’s only one piece. The second piece is, politically does it make sense, and in terms of US security, to have a program which is creating so much dissension in our own country?" Harman said.

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