Security and Defense News

Obama's Failure to Learn in the Middle East

Aug 26, 2015
"Whether you count yourself a fan of President Barack Obama's Middle East policies or a foe, one thing should be stunningly obvious by now: A good part of the president's foreign policy travails in this region stem from a pattern of needlessly high-flying rhetoric," writes Aaron David Miller.

Death, Taxes, and the Slow Destruction of Syria

Aug 21, 2015
Given this president’s core beliefs — and the circumstances in which he is operating — the “do something, but not a lot” approach in Syria was foreordained. And here’s why, in more or less Obama’s own words.

Security Strategies to Combat Drug Violence in Mexico

Aug 21, 2015
This infographic compares President Enrique Peña Nieto and former president Felipe Calderón's security strategies to combat drug violence in Mexico.
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African Security Issues: An Update on Current Challenges and Future Threats

Aug 14, 2015
James Schear, a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center's Africa Program and Environmental Change and Security Program, is a former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense with an expertise in the many security challenges facing the African continent. From Boko Haram to ongoing conflict in South Sudan, there is no shortage of issues. We spoke to Schear about a host of topics and also about the potential represented by the Security Governance Initiative agreed to by the U.S. and six African nations. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

ISIS’s Brutality Toward Women and Girls–and How to Help the Victims

Aug 14, 2015
"While many countries have denounced ISIS and its beheadings, mass executions, and other horrific acts, little effort has been devoted to rescuing women taken as its sexual slaves," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Kendra Heideman.

In Washington and Tehran, Debate and Distrust Over Nuclear Deal

Aug 12, 2015
This is not the first time hard-liners in Washington and Tehran have had parallel contretemps. Find out why.

What Stood Out From Obama’s Speech on Iran Deal at American University

Aug 07, 2015
At American University, the president was not the persuader in chief but the lecturing professor in chief—and his approach was unlikely to gain converts. Here's why.
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South Sudan: Can Regional Mediation End the Conflict?

Aug 05, 2015
Getachew Gebrekidan has been studying the mediation role of the regional organization, IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) in its attempts to assist in bringing an end to the conflict in South Sudan. He shares his findings and thoughts on the sources of the conflict and what it will take to achieve peace. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Did Hiroshima Save Japan From Soviet Occupation?

Aug 05, 2015
"Although the bomb did not make Stalin back off in Hokkaido, its implicit threat made superpower cooperation an increasingly remote prospect. Hiroshima, then, made the Cold War practically inevitable," writes Sergey Radchenko.

IPC-Wilson Center Turkey Papers: Transatlantic Security, NATO and Turkey

Aug 04, 2015
In the second installment of the Istanbul Policy Center-Wilson Center Turkey Papers, “Transatlantic Security, NATO and Turkey,” Gulnur Aybet explores Turkey’s unique position in NATO and its developing role in transatlantic security cooperation.

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