On February 23, 2016, President Barack Obama announced the Exceutive National Security team and Department of Defense plan to close down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, transfer the remaining detainees, and accelerate the review process about the threats posed by current detainees.
As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his seventh and final State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources on relevant topics.
Secretary Kerry released a statement on the one year anniversary of the terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the kosher supermarket in Paris. In the Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams describes how Kerry moved from diminishing the tragedy of the targeted killing of France's Jewish citizens to ignoring it completely.
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Experts discuss the vetting of refugees, the implications for immigration policy, and the role of the NSA and intelligence community in the aftermath of the recent ISIS attacks in Paris, Lebanon, and elsewhere.
Drawing on his government experience in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, John Bellinger argues that the specter of terrorist attacks should never be used to promote fear mongering or xenophobic policies.
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 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.
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
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