Since 9/11, much of al-Qaeda's operational capacity has been dismantled but experts say the group's strength now lies in its ability to inspire others to carry out terrorist attacks.
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Audrey Kurth Cronin discusses U.S. counterterrorism policy and the threat posed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) joins Michael Getler of PBS to discuss the ongoing crises in Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq and the U.S. response.
On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid lasted forty minutes, but the hunt for bin Laden took two decades. The search began with a team of mostly female CIA analysts, known in intelligence circles as the Sisterhood, who were trying to take down bin Laden before most even knew his name. Piecing together scraps of intelligence, they uncovered al-Qaeda and warned Washington of this new impending threat. Their warnings were repeatedly ignored until the 9/11 attacks, when all the rules changed.
Despite President Obama's stated goal of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, it continues to hold dozens of detainees. Phillip Carter of the Center for a New American Security, Marc A. Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute, and CFR's Matthew C. Waxman join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss the costs, benefits, and risks of keeping Guantanamo open.
Following the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 and the six-year anniversary of the London subway bombings, please join Theresa May for a discussion on counterterrorism strategy in the United Kingdom. The meeting will focus on the nature of the threat, its evolution, the impact of events like the Arab Spring, and the United Kingdom's response, particularly as it prepares for the 2012 Olympics.
Detainee policy that would mandate military custody for al-Qaeda suspects captured in the United States could have a detrimental impact on U.S. counterterrorism operations, say CFR legal experts Matthew C. Waxman and John B. Bellinger III.
Saudi Arabia's program to deradicalize suspected terrorists has experienced some high-profile failures but could still provide important lessons for other states, says CFR's Marisa Porges.
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.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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