New York City has developed a sophisticated local and global counterterrorism program since the 9/11 attacks, writes CFR's Lydia Khalil. Now the NYPD must determine from where the next terrorism threat will likely emerge and how best to deploy its resources to address it.
In the next military budget Congress must provide funding for a wholesale shift toward counterinsurgency to win two wars. At the same time, policymakers must be mindful of the need for another transformation to anticipate future wars.
Washington is focusing new military aid to Pakistan on strengthening counterinsurgency capabilities. But distrust between the two countries and Islamabad's continued focus on an Indian threat pose challenges, say experts.
Beyond the immediate pledges of support that emerged from the U.S.-Afghan-Pakistan summit, President Barack Obama should convey a long-term U.S. commitment to the region to sustain the trust of his partners, says CFR's Daniel Markey.
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan speaks at the Brookings Institution on the Obama administration's Af-Pak strategy, Afghanistan's relationship with Pakistan, and his prospects in the August presidential elections.
Hassan Abbas argues that Pakistan's poor performance in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency within its borders is largely due to the government's failure to adequately invest in law enforcement reform.
Robert S. Mueller III, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), discusses the FBI's efforts to act as a global security, national security, and law enforcement organization, and to effectively address the threat of global terrorism.
Speaker: Robert S. Mueller III Presider: Terence P. Moran
A wide-ranging discussion with FBI Director Robert Mueller about the future of the organization he has tried to reshape since taking the helm in 2001. The event was moderated by Terence Moran of ABC's "Nightline."
Authors: Kori Schake, Andrew Exum, Bruce O. Riedel, John A. Nagl, and Parag Khanna
This New York Times online feature displays a multiplicity of opinions on what steps are necessary to reverse backsliding in Afghanistan. Kori Schake, Andrew Exum, Bruce Riedel, John Nagl, and Parag Khanna provide commentary.
Middle Eastern and South Asia expert Juan Cole lays out the challenges facing President-elect Barack Obama in dealing with Pakistan, stressing it would be wrong to assume "the Pakistani government is a single, undifferentiated thing, and that all parts of the government would be willing to 'stamp out' terrorists."
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The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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.