President Barack Obama's attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., has criticized some of the Bush administration's counter-terrorism moves, calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center and bans on torture.
India has been battling terrorism for as long as it has been a sovereign nation. This backgrounder examines the country's counterterrorism efforts.
Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador in Washington, says his government views the war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban as a national priority in spite of the doubts of some American officials. He also takes issue with the notion that Pakistan is close to bankruptcy.
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?
A new report by the independent, U.S.-based Pakistan Policy Working Group says Pakistan may be the single greatest challenge facing the next president and makes recommendations for strengthening U.S. policy toward Pakistan.
U.S. military activity in the Pakistani border region is complicating an already tense relationship between Washington and Islamabad.
A softer approach to terrorism, like the one adopted by Indonesia, may have valuable lessons for other countries struggling with militant violence.
In his first interview with a foreign publication since taking office, Pakistan's newly-elected prime minister talks about his plans for the country and his priorities.
Daniel Byman traveled to Israel and Jordan in March -- a time of crisis in the Middle East. During Byman's trip, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets against the Israeli cities of Sderot and Ashkelon, an attack occurred in the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and Israel took retaliatory measures in the Gaza Strip. In both Israel and Jordan, Byman found that the predominant mood was one of frustration and gloom. Israelis felt trapped between their sense that inaction would encourage more violence and their recognition that the military and political options looked unpromising. Jordanians fretted that the Israeli reaction to the violence would strengthen the radicals politically.
The United States has struggled to devise an effective counterinsurgency strategy in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Nicholas Schmidle writes.
It can, but only if U.S. officials start to think clearly about what success in the war on terror would actually look like. Victory will come only when Washington succeeds in discrediting the terrorists' ideology and undermining their support. These achievements, in turn, will require accepting that the terrorist threat can never be eradicated completely and that acting as though it can will only make it worse.
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This report examines how improved integration of skilled U.S. civilians can improve nation building and counter-insurgency efforts.
The Bush administration released this strategy in October 2007. It outlines the administration's vision for information sharing between government agencies to monitor terrorism activities.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III discusses the challenges and priorities of the FBI's role in obtaining intelligence and maintaining international and domestic security.
This article discusses the U.S. military's strategies to fight terrorism in the Horn of Africa.
CFR’s Noah Feldman says outgoing U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales harmed the Department of Justice, especially abroad, by allowing it to become increasingly politicized.
The departure of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales highlights pressing questions about the Justice Department’s role in U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
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.
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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