U.S. National Security News

Four Ways Congress Can Improve the Iran Nuclear Deal

Apr 21, 2015
"The last thing the United States needs is 535 legislators micromanaging its Iran policy. But having worked at the State Department for more than two decades, I know I don’t want Foggy Bottom controlling a 10- to 15-year deal with Iran. Here are four ways Congress could play a credible role on the Iran deal," writes Aaron David Miller

A Preview: Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to the U.S.

Apr 17, 2015
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the US, he will be the first Japanese head of state to address Congress in 54 years. We spoke with Shihoko Goto to learn more about plans and expectations for the Prime Minister’s visit.

The Iran Deal Is Good–for the Mullahs

Apr 10, 2015
"Barack Obama wanted to avoid being the U.S. president who presides over Iran getting the bomb. Iran wanted sanctions relief and validation of its nuclear program. Both sides made concessions, and a crisis appears to have been averted, at least in the short term. But what we know now suggests that the mullahs got the better end of the deal" writes Aaron David Miller.

Throw the Bums Out

Mar 27, 2015
"It may be that Congress votes down whatever authorization makes it to the floor; it may be that members pass a measure that’s too narrow, or too broad, or too incoherent... But if we wage a duck-and-run operation, executed by half measures, our nation and our Constitution lose," writes Jane Harman.
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Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities

Mar 19, 2015
Cyber threats, and related vulnerabilities, are becoming more numerous and sophisticated. And the job of keeping one step ahead of the problem is a most daunting task. During a recent Director's Forum, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, delivered a keynote speech about the evolving threats and the Obama Administration's comprehensive strategy to address them. She also discussed the topic with Wilson Center Director, Jane Harman and fielded question from participants in the public forum. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

How the CIA can get from spy to cyberspy

Mar 12, 2015
"No agency employee should be able to say 'cyber' isn't in their job description," writes Jane Harman.
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The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

Mar 04, 2015
For four decades, Brent Scowcroft has been a major player in formulating and executing US national security policy. In his new biography of the man he dubs “The Strategist,” author Bartholomew Sparrow chronicles Scowcroft’s rise and the lasting impact of his work. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
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A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

Feb 25, 2015
Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, recently delivered a major address at the Wilson Center. Afterwards, he discussed the latest efforts to secure America from a myriad of threats ranging from terrorism to natural disasters with the Center’s director and president, Jane Harman. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Presidents Obama, Bush Sound a Lot Alike on Countering Islamic Extremism

Feb 20, 2015
"Despite the partisan squabbles in Washington, President Barack Obama’s recent speeches on countering extremism could have been given by a Democrat or a Republican," writes Robin Wright.

Disrupting the Intelligence Community

Feb 20, 2015
"Too often, the preference is to tap terrorists’ phones and send spy satellites in search of hidden training camps, not to read the tweets of a 19-year-old jihadist. But in an era of online radicalization, indoctrination often happens in plain sight.," writes Jane Harman.

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