The U.S. military’s updated counterinsurgency manual acknowledges today’s soldiers must often serve as “nation builders as well as warriors.” The doctrine offers lessons drawn from those stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, but critics argue its tenets are too soft.
Though there has not been a major attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, experts say new expertise and some self-criticism will be required if America’s counterterrorism agencies are to keep that record intact.
Throughout the 1990s, Central Asia's Fergana Valley emerged as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism. A clash in the Fergana city of Andijan last year, variously described as a "massacre" or a "counterterrorist operation," caused a serious break in Uzbek-U.S. ties. Now, a new video has some questioning the facts of that event.
Efforts to reform the sprawling operations of U.S. intelligence agencies, led by Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, are drawing new attention as the first anniversary of his confirmation nears.
The U.S. wanted Turkish and Kurdish fighters to fight, but not fight each other. Now the administration is scrambling to keep local allies with their own interests focused on America's goal: defeating ISIS.
In recent weeks, ISIS has suffered territorial losses on multiple fronts, including in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. The organization may look nearer to defeat than at any time in the past two years, but there is still a great deal of fighting to be done before the group is destroyed, or more likely beaten back to an underground terrorist organization as it was in 2009.
Micah Zenko examines the public comments of John Brennan, Obama's closest adviser for intelligence and counterterrorism issues, and finds that there are seven half-truths and direct contradictions between stated U.S. policies and actual practices.
Authors: Barry Pavel and Matthew H. Kroenig Foreign Policy
Barry Pavel and Matthew Kroenig argue that while a deterrence approach holds great potential for helping to thwart future al Qaeda attacks, it remains a poorly understood and underutilized element of U.S. counterterrorism strategy.
In this excerpt from The Closing of the American Border, Edward Alden writes that George Bush came to office as the most pro-immigrant president in modern U.S. history. Yet he presided over a war on terrorism that has been waged through anti-immigrant measures.
Speakers: Jytte Klausen and Jeremy Shapiro Presider: Gideon Rose
Listen to Foreign Affairs contributors Jeremy Shapiro, former member of the U.S. State Department's policy planning staff and current fellow at the Brookings Institution,and Jytte Klausen, founder of the Western Jihadism Project,discuss the threat that foreign fighters returning from Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere pose to their home countries.
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