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COMMENTARY POSTED OCTOBER 6, 2014 BY THEODORE R. BROMUND, PH.D.
What's at Stake in U.S. Strategy in Syria
The Obama administration's strategy for Syria relies on using U.S. air power to support local forces. If this approach fails, as it has failed in the past, the United States will find itself still lacking an effective, politically viable strategy for fighting Islamist terror more than a decade after 9/11 attacks. Since World War II, U.S. administrations have sought ways…
ISSUE BRIEF POSTED OCTOBER 6, 2014 BY JAMES PHILLIPS
The Rise of Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan Group: What It Means for U.S. National Security
The air strikes against Islamist terrorist groups in Syria that the U.S. launched on September 22 included strikes against a group that few Americans had heard about before: the Khorasan group. Although sometimes mistakenly characterized as a new terrorist group, Khorasan is a new tentacle of an old organization—the al-Qaeda high-command or core group. The rise of the…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 BY JAMES PHILLIPS
The message ISIS wants to send to America, the world
The grisly propaganda videos released by Islamist terrorists of the executions of innocent American hostages are coldly calculated to intimidate the terrorist group’s enemies, inspire its followers and incite further attacks against the United States and our allies. The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS) considers the videos a…
COMMENTARY POSTED JUNE 12, 2014 BY PETER BROOKES
Syrian Islamists Spread Terror Network Into Iraq
Earlier this week on these very pages I warned about the rise of violent Islamist extremism, not exclusively but especially in Syria. Unfortunately, in just a few short days, the situation has gotten worse. I’m thinking about Iraq. On Tuesday, Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, was overrun by an al-Qaeda “offshoot,” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS — a…
COMMENTARY POSTED JUNE 9, 2014 BY PETER BROOKES
Islamist Threat on the Rise
Since the national conversation of late has been riveted on terrorism spurred on by the controversy swirling around the Taliban prisoner swap, it’s a good time to take stock of the state of Islamist militancy. Bottom line? The threat is getting worse. For instance, for the year 2013, the State Department estimated that terrorist attacks jumped more than 40 percent…
ISSUE BRIEF POSTED JUNE 3, 2014 BY JAMES PHILLIPS
To Defeat Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Stronger Counterterrorism Cooperation Needed
Iraq faces major political, national security, and economic challenges that should be addressed by the new government that emerges from the April 30 elections. Last year, more than 7,800 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in political violence and terrorist attacks, making it Iraq’s deadliest year since 2008. The Islamic State of Iraq and…
COMMENTARY POSTED MAY 4, 2014 BY JAMES JAY CARAFANO, PH.D.
Obama's 'process' diplomacy plants seeds for future wars
Washington would coax Yugoslav strongman Josip Broz Tito away from the Kremlin, tearing a hole in the Iron Curtain without firing a shot. At least, that was the plan. But, after a bit covert diplomacy, some secret missions and even some public gestures, the U.S. gave up. It turned out that Tito's "non-aligned" movement, billed as an effort to build a coalition of…
COMMENTARY POSTED MAY 2, 2014 BY THEODORE R. BROMUND, PH.D.
Obama's furious battle against straw men
Earlier last week, White House correspondent Ed Henry of Fox News had the temerity to ask President Barack Obama if he could summarize his foreign policy for the benefit of his critics, who think it comes down to "weariness." The president's defensive reply showed, yet again, his love of fighting straw men. Obama answered that "most of the foreign policy commentators…
COMMENTARY POSTED FEBRUARY 6, 2014 BY PETER BROOKES
Syria a failure for U.S.
In a now widely reported private meeting with U.S. lawmakers at a Munich security conference last weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry told them the administration’s policies toward the bloody Syrian civil war weren’t cutting it. That’s a striking admission on the part of our chief diplomat. I agree with Kerry that things are going horribly for our interests in Syria,…
ISSUE BRIEF POSTED NOVEMBER 5, 2013 BY JAMES PHILLIPS
Greater Iraqi–American Cooperation Needed on Counterterrorism, Syria, and Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came to Washington last week in search of greater U.S. security assistance in battling the al-Qaeda-led insurgency that increasingly threatens Iraq's internal security as well as regional stability in the oil-rich Persian Gulf. The United States shares Maliki's goal of defeating al-Qaeda's franchise in Iraq, which has expanded into…
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