United States News

3 Reasons to Be Skeptical of Seymour Hersh’s Account of the Bin Laden Raid

May 11, 2015
"Mr. Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has broken major stories, including the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. This account purports to explain an elaborate conspiracy theory, and-–as I have written previously-–such stories sometimes contain elements of truth. Still, the issues of sourcing and substance suggest taking Mr. Hersh’s account with a healthy dose of salt," writes Michael Kugelman.

Intrepid Autonomy

May 11, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the issue of autonomy.

Saudi Arabia's Yemen War Unravels

May 11, 2015
"The main Saudi concern is that Yemen is headed toward becoming another Lebanon of fragmented religious communities and independent foreign-backed militia like the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah militia, which is widely viewed as Iran's proxy there," writes David Ottaway.
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U.S. Decline or the Rise of the Rest: Is The American Century Over?

May 07, 2015
In his new book, Is the American Century Over?, world renowned foreign policy analyst, Joseph Nye, tackles that big question and concludes that theories of U.S. decline may be premature. He argues that while America’s super power status is being challenged by the “rise of the rest” and other realities, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are entering a post-American world. And Wilson Center President , Jane Harman proposes that it might be more accurate to think of America as the “indispensable partner” instead of as the “indispensable nation.” Their discussion provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.
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Serving the Largest Immigrant Population in the U.S.

May 06, 2015
On this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we spoke with Ambassador Alejandro Estivill about the role of the Mexican Embassy and the range of services available.

The Undercooked Debate on Domestic Drones

May 04, 2015
"Today, lawmakers worldwide are sleepwalking through a privacy and security crisis. How many secure sites have to be compromised before we wake up to the full challenges posed by commercial and law enforcement UAVs – or, in common parlance, by drones?" writes Jane Harman.

Why U.S. Allies Saudi Arabia and Israel Are Looking Beyond Obama

May 01, 2015
"As the administration looks more and more toward Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia will look beyond Barack Obama--biding their time, furthering their own agendas, and hoping that the next president, regardless of party, will see Tehran in a different light," writes Aaron David Miller.

Is Bashar al-Assad Finished, for Real, This Time, Again?

May 01, 2015
Is Bashar al-Assad on his way out? Aaron David Miller interviews the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis and the Atlantic Council’s Fred Hof (formerly Obama’s special advisor for the Syrian transition), two of the finest analysts of Syrian politics.

After Baltimore, we must see community as a process

Apr 30, 2015
"As time passes, Baltimore will find ways to move forward. Too many Baltimoreans are too committed to their city for the current status quo to remain invariable. To do so, though, community and neighborhoods have to engage a larger world rather than build existing walls ever higher,” writes Blair Ruble.
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Richard Perle on the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

Apr 28, 2015
A veteran foreign policy practitioner and analyst, Richard Perle, provides insight into the history and current application of sanctions as a tool of U.S.statecraft. Do they work? What are the conditions necessary to make them effective? And are we getting it right in the cases of Iran and Russia? These are just some of the questions addressed in this episode of CONTEXT.

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