John Kasich discusses U.S. foreign policy.
John Kasich discusses U.S. foreign policy.
Wars aren’t won simply by bombing the enemy, yet this delusion has bipartisan, multinational support.
Extremists have attempted to shape every possible part of the cultural ecosystem surrounding young Muslims. They seek to make the extremist mindset the new normal.
Testifying before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies Max Boot discussed current weaknesses of the U.S. position on Iraq and Syria, as well as what can be done to defeat the self-declared Islamic State in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.
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.
In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams reflects on the beginnings of the Lori Berenson case—and the likely effort to turn her into a heroine upon her return from Peru.
In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams discusses John Kerry’s remarks on terrorism that seem to distinguish attacks committed against the general population from those against targeted groups like journalists and Jews.
The Pentagon says it has killed 20,000 suspected Islamic State fighters, with only two cases of collateral damage. Something doesn’t add up.
In Financial Times, Philip Gordon argues we must deal with the causes of the so-called Islamic State and not just the symptoms: that means empowering the Sunnis of Iraq, and an agreement by the regional powers to end the war in Syria
A decade ago, a team of American law-enforcement agents puzzled out how and where an attacker might fire a missile at a civilian airliner. Their insights are still relevant—and urgent.
The Sunni ethnic identity is both a source of strength for Islamic State and a potentially fatal weakness, if it can be properly exploited.
What CFR.org editors are reading the week of November 16–20, 2015.
In the aftermath of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people, French authorities have conducted raids on suspected militants across France and launched airstrikes targeting the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Below, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources on the Paris attacks.
Experts discuss Friday’s attacks in Paris, violent extremism in Europe, and possible connections to terrorist movements in the Middle East and elsewhere.
In an article for Bloomberg View, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Farah Pandith discusses why ISIS is winning on the digital battlefield and what can be done to change that.
"It cannot be an American fight," Hillary Clinton said of ISIS. She is wrong. It is an American fight, one that will not succeed without American leadership.
After the Paris attacks, European nations are closing their borders.
Like all terrorist attacks (indeed, like murders everywhere), the killings in Paris raise questions about why we react with greater outrage to some acts of violence than others. In Lebanon, people ask about the mild Western response to last week’s bombing in Beirut.
CFR President Richard N. Haass calls for a sustained, multi-pronged strategy to counter the Islamic State.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Blackwill and Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia.
Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
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