Security and Defense News

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.

CfA: Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History

Jan 23, 2014
The Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History is now accepting applications. It will be held at the Università di Trento from 4-6 September 2014.

Democrats Divided on Iran Sanctions

Jan 17, 2014
Jane Harman appeared on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" with Time magazine's world editor Bobby Ghosh to discuss the Iran sanctions bill and Russia's oil-for-goods negotiations with Iran. "We've spent 10 years imposing sanctions to get to the point where we can talk to Iran, so let's talk to Iran," Harman said.

Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far'

Jan 10, 2014
Director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, speaks to NPR regarding the continued coverage of Edward Snowden.

Public health and human rights: The new language of the drug policy debate

Jan 08, 2014
Summary of the The 54th Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control (CICAD, in Spanish) of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Future Terrorists

Jan 07, 2014
We need to build bridges to those most vulnerable to radicalization, writes Jane Harman in The Los Angeles Times.

Russia and Countering Violent Extremism in the Internet and Social Media: Exploring Prospects for U.S.-Russia Cooperation Beyond the "Reset"

Dec 16, 2013
This study, based on primary research conducted in Moscow in 2012, defines Russia’s assessment of domestic and international sources violent extremist threats; explains Moscow’s perspective on balancing democratic principles with the challenge of countering violent extremism in the Internet/social media; assesses existing capacities and impediments to further international collaboration with Russia in countering violent extremism in the Internet/social media spheres; defines specific initiatives that Russia, the United States, and other nations of the world community could advance to enhance international cooperation in countering violent extremism throughout the world cyber community.

Latin American Program in the News: Election strengthens Honduran military's hand

Dec 03, 2013
This article discusses the role that the Honduran military played in the election of National Party candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez. Eric Olson discusses how the military has become a political actor and why the region is likely to become more militarized.

Latin American Program in the News: Las FARC y el narcotráfico: el motivo y el pretexto

Dec 03, 2013
Wilson Center expert, Juan Carlos Garzón, discusses the role the narcotrafficking is playing in the negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC. He says that narcotrafficking and the role that FARC has played in that has been exaggerated. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: In Honduras vote, new lesson in how the drug war steers politics

Dec 03, 2013
This article discusses the recent elections in Honduras and platforms that the candidates each ran on regarding drugs and crime. LAP Associate Director, Eric Olson, discusses what to expect from president-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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