Robert D. Kaplan argues that Pakistan's political stability depends partly on the development of its strategic Gwadar port.
CFR's Bronwyn Bruton says the United States will not be able to end piracy in Somalia by using force and should take a modest approach that avoids grand schemes to reconstruct the government.
CFR's Bronwyn Bruton says the United States should avoid grand schemes in its attempts to fight piracy in Somalia.
These teaching notes, by author and CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden, feature discussion questions and additional projects for The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11. In this book, Mr. Alden examines the complicated interplay between the United States' need for homeland security and economic openness in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The contentious border between Pakistan and Afghanistan remains a site of major conflict, and houses some of the world’s most dangerous militants.
Edward Alden writes that the quest for perfectly secure borders premised on plugging vulnerabilities poses special, and possibly insurmountable, problems. The United States needs some way to distinguish serious threats from minor ones, and to calculate the costs of trying to counter those threats.
Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, Canada is still trying to cope with the new border regime that has been an enduring legacy of the terrorist attacks. In this Ottawa Citizen article, Edward Alden urges President-elect Obama to begin rebuilding trust on border issues with Canada.
Listen to Edward Alden, the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at CFR, discuss his book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11, with students as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call Series.
Since 9/11 and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. immigration policy has been focused mostly on keeping out those we don't want. In this San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, Edward Alden argues that this single-mindedness has come with a high cost to our economy and reputation in the world.
"The war on terror has come home to America. But when did the war on terror morph into a war on illegal immigration? Today it is much harder for a terrorist to enter the United States than it used to be, but according to Edward Alden, it's also much harder for everyone else."
The next Canadian government must try to nudge the next U.S. administration back to the spirit of the 2001 Smart Border accords, which attempted to balance security and commerce concerns. Edward Alden writes that rebuilding trust between the U.S. and Canada over border issues will be critical for both countries.
In this Globalist op-ed, Edward Alden warns that new regulations on immigration after 9/11 have come with the high price of keeping out the very people that the United States needs to maintain its position in the world.
Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, travelling to the U.S. has become vastly more difficult and unpleasant. Edward Alden describes where the visa process has gone wrong and how this has impacted America's image abroad.
Listen to Edward Alden, CFR's Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow, discuss his new book The Closing of the American Border.
In his new book, Edward Alden goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the Bush administration's struggle to balance security and openness in the wake of the worst ever attack on U.S. soil. This is a transcript of a discussion of the book and U.S. immigration policy.
Immigration reform gets scant mention on the U.S. election trail, but experts expect either leading presidential candidate to make policy reforms a priority.
Pakistan is key to success in U.S.-led counterterrorism efforts, with its tribal areas serving as terrorist havens. But covert U.S. military actions inside Pakistan put the future of the U.S.-Pakistan military alliance in jeopardy.
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to start its own, maritime version of ‘Neighborhood Watch’ writes Stephen Flynn, referring to Secretary Michael Chertoff's request that boater’s keep an eye out for potential terrorist activity on the waters.
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The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
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