The Islamic State, or ISIS, is the first terrorist group to hold both physical and digital territory: in addition to the swaths of land it controls in Iraq and Syria, it dominates pockets of the Internet with relative impunity. But it will hardly be the last. Although there are still some fringe terrorist groups in the western Sahel or other rural areas that do not supplement their violence digitally, it is only a matter of time before they also go online.
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U.S. President Barack Obama came into office determined to end a seemingly endless war on terrorism. Obama pledged to make his counterterrorism policies more nimble, more transparent, and more ethical than the ones pursued by the George W. Bush administration. Obama wanted to get away from the overreliance on force that characterized the Bush era, which led to the disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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Although the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are far from the costliest the United States has ever fought in terms of either blood or treasure, they have exacted a much greater toll than the relatively bloodless wars Americans had gotten used to fighting in the 1990s.
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Richard A. Falkenrath says Showtime's blockbuster series Homeland is great television, but not a useful guide to real-world homeland security. Hint: we always tap the suspect's cell phone.
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Richard A. Falkenrath says that with Osama bin Laden gone, life is about to become more complicated for U.S. policymakers trying to combat terrorism.
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Trace the Iraq war campaign through ten CFR meetings that assembled some of the leading foreign policy analysts and news figures of the past decade.
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President Obama's decision to transfer Guantanamo inmates to an Illinois prison could speed closure of the facility, but the move has raised both security and civil liberties concerns.
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Militancy has been spreading inside Pakistan. Experts say Pakistani authorities lack an effective strategy to battle the militants, raising deep concerns on the Afghan war front and beyond.
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Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari, takes office amid growing ire against U.S. military actions in Pakistan. Seven years after 9/11, is Islamabad still committed to counterterrorism?
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U.S. military activity in the Pakistani border region is complicating an already tense relationship between Washington and Islamabad.
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A softer approach to terrorism, like the one adopted by Indonesia, may have valuable lessons for other countries struggling with militant violence.
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The departure of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales highlights pressing questions about the Justice Department’s role in U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
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European efforts to create a common counterterrorism policy continue in fits and starts, with some fearing an erosion of civil rights, and others an uncoordinated system that opens the way for tragedy.
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The fate of the terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo Bay hangs in the balance as detainees look to challenge their detentions in U.S. federal courts.
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U.S. efforts to staunch the spread of terrorism across northern Africa have increased. But some experts warn excessive focus on counterterrorism there could be counterproductive.
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Facing domestic unrest and an increasingly untenable situation in the northern “tribal lands,” Gen. Pervez Musharraf has signed another controversial pact with tribal militants even as Washington demands a crackdown.
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Congress is considering legislation to shore up security along U.S. railways, but the system’s need for openness makes it inherently vulnerable to terrorist attack.
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Responsibility for safeguarding the homeland often falls to state and local governments in spite of the increased federal role after 9/11. Of these thousands of agencies, New York City has moved the most aggressively, creating a counterterrorism bureau complete with overseas agents and intelligence analysts.
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