Security and Defense News

Latin American Program in the News: As Central America heads towards lawlessness a new drug strategy is needed

Aug 02, 2012
The growing drug problem has brought increased attention to Central America. A change in U.S. policy is necessary to help the region, and with such change there is potential to reduce the problem.

Latin American Program in the News: OEA presencia desarme de pandillas en El Salvador

Jul 31, 2012
The largest gangs in El Salvador, Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18, have asked for the help of the Organization of American States in the peace process.

Latin American Program in the News: White House says Colombia not leader in cocaine

Jul 31, 2012
The White House Office on National Drug Control Policy said that Colombia is no longer the largest producer of cocaine in the world. Peru and Bolivia produced more cocaine in 2011 than Colombia.
Cynthia J. Arnson

Latin American Program in the News: Coca planting rises in Colombia, cocaine production falls

Jul 27, 2012
Colombia saw an increase from the previous year in the amount of coca planted in 2011 though the amount of cocaine produced fell.

Jane Harman on the Role of the State Department

Jul 26, 2012
Jane Harman discusses the role of the State Department as well as a way forward for Syria in this interview with CNN.

Nuclear Boot Camp Alum Publishes Article on Australian Nuclear History

Jul 16, 2012
Christine Leah, a participant in the 2011 Nuclear Boot Camp, authored "US Extended Nuclear Deterrence and Nuclear Order: An Australian Perspective" in Asian Security.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s Ruling Party Rebound – OpEd

Jul 13, 2012
The PRI may have won the presidency, but it failed to secure a total victory in the legislature — the party will lead both houses, but without a majority, meaning the PRI will find it difficult to pass the structural reforms that EPN’s campaign promised. Mexico Institute's Eric Olson quoted.

Fighting Terrorism Softly

Jul 10, 2012
“Unfortunately, one of the greatest security threats to this country continues to be the hijacking not only of our airplanes, but also of our national narrative....and while the "hard power" represented by drone strikes and aircraft carriers is essential to our security, living and portraying our values is as - if not more - important in the long run," writes Wilson Center President, Director, and CEO Jane Harman in CNN's Security Clearance.

Iran Nuclear Talks Stagger On With Little Progress

Jul 09, 2012
Talks with Iran on its nuclear work have continued but little progress has been made. Iran nuclear expert Michael Alder reports that a "large gap" remains between the positions of Iran and the six nations negotiating with it – the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France.

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