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A Private Policy Roundtable with Ambassador Martin Kimani on Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya and the broader Horn of Africa

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program partnered with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa to host Ambassador Dr. Martin Kimani, Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center Kenya and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary serving as Kenya’s Permanent Representative and Head of Mission to the United Nations at Nairobi for a discussion on “Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya and the Broader Horn of Africa.” Mr.

Sanctions Against Russia: Successes, Failures, and Future Prospects

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in Donbas in 2014, international sanctions have been a key instrument in exerting pressure on the Russian government to end the conflict. However, the current sanctions regime is plagued by a number of flaws and is in need of improvement. Vasyl Filipchuk and Anastacia Galouchka will analyze current sanctions, future prospects, and how the application of sanctions against Russia can be improved going forward in the context of their new report. The Latvian Ambassador to Ukraine H.E.

The Urgent Need to Bolster U.S.–Mexico Security Cooperation

Cross-border criminal organizations are doing great harm to the United States and Mexico.  The facts on the ground regarding smuggling of drugs, arms and money demand quick, effective action to strengthen coordinated U.S.-Mexico work against these transnational criminal organizations (TCOs).   

Infographic | Above the Permafrost: Flows of Goods and People

China and the South China Sea

Southeast Asia is bound to China by geography. Viewed from China, the region is a southern appendage to China, one fragmented into a number of relatively small countries. Ethnographers believe all the major long-established populations in that region originally migrated from China – pushed south over millennia by the expanding numbers of the Han people. Some of those populations, notably the Thai, retain a close affinity to China because substantial numbers of their coethnics still live in southern China.

The U.S. and Iran: Crisis Averted?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with the Wilson Center’s Robert Litwak to discuss his latest article, Anatomy of the US-Iran Crisis. Litwak examines the escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States in the wake of General Suleimani’s killing and the effects of the Trump administration’s “maximum-pressure” campaign after withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal.


Mexico's National Guard: When Police are Not Enough

"Mexico's security services appear to be trapped in an operational impasse that highlights the need for profound institutional redesign, which will lead, yet again, to the creation of a new security force. AMLO’s administration is not the first (and likely not the last) to launch a complete restructuring of the security apparatus in what appears to be an unending search for the ideal security force.

Ukraine Quarterly Digest: October–December 2019


The end of the 2019 was an intense period in Ukraine. On the one hand, political scandals cast a shadow on the new administration’s efforts to move forward on its campaign promises. On the other hand, President Zelenskyy and his team achieved some progress on war-related issues and in Ukraine-Russia relations. This has somewhat eased the situation in the Donbas. A second prisoner exchange took place, and a new gas war was prevented through a last-minute agreement with Russia.



Violence and Security in Mexico and Implications for the United States: Frequently Asked Questions

Mexico has experienced elevated levels of violent crime for more than a decade. The national murder rate rose dramatically from 8.1 in 2007 to 22.6 in 2012 (an average more than 55 people per day, or two people every hour). After a brief lull in 2013-14, Mexico has seen a dramatic resurgence of violence, with homicides surging to record levels in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The preliminary figures reported by Mexico’s National Public Security System increased to a record 34,000 victims in 2019, up from the previous peaks of 33,341 victims in 2018 and the 28,734 in 2017.