Terrorism today is increasingly transnational, geographically dispersed, and ideologically diverse, says CFR’s Stewart Patrick.
Though we may be disturbed by Isis’s Manifesto for Women, it also provides a manual for how we fight back in the propaganda war.
What CFR.org editors are reading the week of January 26–30, 2015.
Ed Husain, CFR’s adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, discusses countering the Islamist narrative, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
If we don't act now, it may not be long before we see women committing acts of terror in Western cities
How should technology firms balance the privacy demands of customers with the security concerns of government? Three experts weigh in.
The Obama administration will be tempted to take a victory lap because of recent news that Kurdish militiamen have regained control of Kobani, a Syrian town near the border with Turkey. ISIS forces that had been attacking it for months have melted away. This is, to be sure, a nice achievement, but its wider significance is limited.
Counterterrorism strategies of the past thirteen years have relied upon a myth of 9/11: terrorists require safe havens to conduct international terrorist attacks. Micah Zenko and Amelia M. Wolf argue that there is no evidence to support this assumption, which most recently served as the basis for launching a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Among the threats facing the new Saudi leadership is the likelihood that ISIS, drawing on resentful youth, will try to destabilize the country, writes CFR’s Richard N. Haass.
A new interactive, "InfoGuide: The Taliban," examines the two Talibans, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the consequences for the region.
The Taliban has outlasted the world’s most potent military forces and its two main factions now challenge the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. As U.S. troops draw down, the next phase of conflict will have consequences that extend far beyond the region.
Ed Husain describes the need for secular pluralism—a secularism that welcomes religion in the public space—to combat Islamism in Europe.
The Taliban has outlasted the world’s most potent military forces, and its two main factions now challenge the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. As U.S. troops draw down, the next phase of conflict has consequences that extend far beyond the region.
Terrorism Research Links provide news, definitions and history, terrorism organizations and networks, responses to terrorism, resources on 9/11 and more.
If the United States can persuade Pakistan to try anti-India militants in its newly established terrorism courts, it will help defuse an Indo-Pakistani crisis, writes CFR's Daniel Markey.
Listen to Farah Pandith, CFR adjunct senior fellow and the first-ever State Department special representative to Muslim communities, put the January 7, 2015 massacre at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in context, explain the appeal of violent Islamic extremism, and offer a long-term strategy to combat extremist ideology.
What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of January 5 to January 9, 2015.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes that although the United States and Europe largely ignore terrorist attacks that happen overseas, they are “not immune to the threat.”
The U.S. has 9/11. Spain has 11-M (the March 11, 2004, bombings of the Madrid commuter trains which killed 191). Britain has 7/7 (a reference to the July 7, 2005 bombings which killed 52 people taking public transportation in London). And now, on a slightly smaller but still horrific scale, France has 1/7: the assault by three masked gunmen on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, which left 12 people dead.
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.
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.
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
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