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How Does the Media – and Public – Learn Environmental Science? Help Us Find Out

Apr 16, 2014
If people do not know scientists or understand how they work, it follows that they are unlikely to make informed choices on public policy issues or support basic scientific research to address vital issues like climate change and conservation, writes Wilson Center Scholar Louise Lief.
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Crimea: What Is Motivating Putin?

Apr 14, 2014
Listening to the rhetoric surrounding Russia’s move on Crimea, you might think the Cold War never ended. Why did Putin make this move and is there more in store? And how significant is the damage done to Russia’s relationships around the world? Kennan Institute’s Matt Rojansky offers insight into the situation during this episode of Wilson Center NOW.

Snowden's Ill-Deserved 'Fifteen Minutes'

Mar 27, 2014
Absent a clearly defined framework, Snowden's hemorrhaging leaks keep our Intelligence Community playing defense, writes Jane Harman.

Spies, Swaps, and Sins of Omission

Mar 27, 2014
The signs don't look good for meaningful progress, let alone breakthrough, writes Aaron David Miller about the Israel-Palestine negotiations.

Four Pakistani Conspiracy Theories That Are Less Fictitious Than You'd Think

Mar 26, 2014
There’s another reason for the popularity of Pakistani conspiracy theories: many contain kernels of truth, writes Michael Kugelman.

Why Obama Won’t Give (or Get) Much in Saudi Arabia

Mar 25, 2014
"Key linkages—billions in recent U.S. weapons sales, counter-terrorism cooperation, and all that oil—will keep Riyadh and Washington together for some time to come, whether each side, deep down, really likes it or not," writes Aaron David Miller.

How West Can Respond to Russia's Aggression

Mar 21, 2014
The response of the West should be to use our own comparative strength against Russia’s weakness, writes Jane Harman.

Aaron David Miller Discusses Ukraine Crisis Misconceptions

Mar 12, 2014
"Putin is angry, he's riled up. He wanted to demonstrate the fact that you cannot take the Russians for granted. And he moved into Crimea and there was nothing -- unless we were prepared to go to war and risk a nuclear standoff or confrontation with the Russians -- that we could really do about it," Aaron David Miller said on Fox News.

Jane Harman on the Crisis in Ukraine

Mar 10, 2014
"Vladimir Putin doesn't know the Colin Powell rule -- if you break it you own it. And if he breaks up Crimea, he's going to own their pension liabilities, their tanked economy, at a time when the Russian economy is stretched," Harman said.

Five Guidelines for America's Foreign Policy Towards Russia

Mar 07, 2014
Changing Russian policy is doable if the U.S. is careful and adroit, but we need to accept some realities and work around them, writes Jane Harman.

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