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.
Michael Jacobson, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, explains that Europe’s counterterrorism efforts are uneven, despite recent terrorist attempts.
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.
Cops in New York and Los Angeles offer America two models for preventing another 9/11.
A few years ago, with little fanfare, the United States opened a base in the horn of Africa to kill or capture Al Qaeda fighters. By 2012, the Pentagon will have two dozen such forts. The story of Africa Command, the American military's new frontier outpost.
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.
This commentary by William Tucker published in The American Spectator says that Iraq is a colonial war, and compares it to the US experience in the Philippines.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute presents this analysis by Greg Mills, head of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation (he was from May-September 2006, seconded to ISAF HQ in Kabul as a special adviser to the Commander). He argues that scrutinizing the past has limited benefit in dealing with a modern, complex insurgency, where the insurgent faces a national government but with a complex range of multinational governmental and nongovernmental actors involved in the security and development effort. He says domestic insurgencies have to be confronted internationally and in many dimensions with unprecedented demands for intelligence gathering and analysis, interoperability and flexibility, and cultural sensitivity and understanding.
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.
This commentary originally published in Defense News in late March and now hosted by the Center For Defense Information says that the US military is employing a strategy of counterinsurgency in Iraq, led by the general who developed the doctrine, but that a counterinsurgency strategy only addresses one part of the complex environment that is Iraq.
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.
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.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
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
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More