The War on Terror

We are engaged in a hard struggle against a cruel and determined adversary. Our enemies have made clear the danger they pose to our security and to the very essence of our culture ...liberty. Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must.

– Senator John McCain, 2004

 

 

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The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union Thursday has ramifications for transatlantic security.  An E.U. without the principled leadership from London will be hamstringed as it confronts challenges ranging from Russian revanchism to Iran’s persistent nuclear ambitions—a grave situation for U.S.-European security cooperation.The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) strongly...
June 25, 2016 | Europe
To those cheering the British people’s vote to leave the European Union, claiming that the body is a proven “failure,” I have only one question: a failure compared to what?The Europe of the Holy Roman Empire, whose demise came about with a bloody, eponymous war lasting 30 years? The Europe of the Napoleonic Empire, which dominated most of the continent in the early 19th century only to collapse...
June 24, 2016 | Europe | James Kirchick
By FPI Policy Intern Jeff CimminoPresident Obama reported last week that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was inspired by “extremist information that was disseminated over the Internet.” The internet has also served as a key source of inspiration for many of the 88 Americans already charged with supporting the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh). While there is substantial knowledge of how ISIS...
June 24, 2016 | Americas | Bulletin | War On Terror
The Iranian hostage crisis continues. In the five months since the nuclear deal’s implementation and a concurrent prisoner exchange between Washington and Tehran, the Islamist regime has seized additional captives, while other prisoners excluded from the January swap continue to languish behind bars. If past is precedent, Iran likely seeks to use the prisoners as bargaining chips to extract...
June 23, 2016 | Bulletin | Tzvi Kahn
Britain’s referendum on leaving the European Union could not have come at a worse moment.Russia is waging war on Ukraine, a migrant crisis threatens to undo the continent’s social fabric, and low economic growth fuels the rise of nationalist parties. Britain’s departure from the EU would exacerbate all these problems.At no time since the end of the Cold War has Western unity been more important...
June 22, 2016 | Europe | James Kirchick
British voters will decide tomorrow whether or not the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.  On Tuesday, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) held a conference call that focused on the consequences of “Brexit” for the transatlantic relations and the “Special Relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom.  Kristen Silverberg, the former U.S. Ambassador to the...
June 22, 2016 | Europe
Until the collapse of the Berlin Wall, most Americans assumed the Cold War would be a permanent fixture of the geopolitical landscape. From Harry Truman onward, every president explained that the confrontation with Soviet communism was generational in scope. In his inaugural address, John F. Kennedy pledged to “bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out.” When Ronald Reagan...
Expert Speakers:Dr. Theodore R. BromundHeritage FoundationAmbassador Kristen SilverbergInstitute of International FinanceModerated by:James KirchickForeign Policy InitiativeFor more information on this event, please click here.
June 21, 2016 | Europe | Podcast
On May 19, 2016, Montenegro signed the Accession Protocol to join the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) as its 29th member. We believe that Montenegro is prepared to undertake the commitments and obligations of membership, and to contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area. We therefore urge the Obama administration and Congress to move forward with the ratification of this Protocol as...
June 20, 2016 | Europe | Eric Edelman
On Thursday, June 16, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a conference call to discuss extremist ideologies and the threat they present to U.S. homeland security. The call featured the commentary of two leading experts on the subject, Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington...
June 20, 2016 | Americas | War On Terror

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