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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FPI Senior Policy Analyst Tzvi KahnTestimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security'sSubcommittee on Counterterrorism and IntelligenceFebruary 11, 2016 Download the Full TestimonyChairman King, Ranking Member Higgins, and distinguished members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you this morning about the Iranian threat.In this testimony, I analyze...
February 11, 2016 | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
In his preview of the new defense budget released today, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter emphasized two efforts to deal with immediate threats to the United States and its allies. The first is a 50 percent increase in the funding requested for operations targeting the Islamic State. The second is a fourfold increase in the budget of the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI), whose purpose is...
February 9, 2016 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Defense | Europe
In the spring of 2014, the White House came under fire for the alleged incoherence of its foreign policy. Rather than brushing off the criticism, White House aides began to tell reporters that there was one simple principle at the heart of the President’s foreign policy: “Don’t do stupid s---” (or “stuff”). In just four words, this phrase drew an implicit contrast between the caution of Barack...
February 4, 2016 | American Leadership | David Adesnik
On January 31, Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen strongman, posted a video clip on Instagram showing Mikhail Kasyanov, a leader of the Russian democracy movement, and his deputy Vladimir Kara-Murza within the cross hairs of a rifle sight. The video was filmed at the European Parliament in Strasbourg where they had gone the previous week to urge an independent investigation into the assassination of...
The Syrian peace talks, which the United Nations suspended today until February 25, represent the triumph of diplomatic affectation over effective diplomacy — and likely will end with the continuation, if not the exacerbation, of a bloody status quo. The Obama administration’s approach to negotiations effectively enshrines the Assad regime’s negotiating position as a baseline for the talks,...
February 3, 2016 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Army General John Campbell, the outgoing commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, will testify this week before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. These hearings come at a time when the Taliban is rapidly expanding the amount of territory it controls while the Islamic State and al-Qaeda are working to establish safe havens from...
“We have made gains over the past year that will put Afghanistan on a better path,” said Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on January 27, in a message of congratulations to outgoing commander Gen. John Campbell. But the upbeat pronouncements of top administration officials are inconsistent with nearly all the information coming out of Afghanistan. On the day after Carter’s statement, the latest...
February 1, 2016 | Asia-Pacific | Bulletin | War On Terror | Mark Moyar
The term “terrorism” is commonly understood as political violence outside the norms of conflicts between states. Terrorism’s victims can be innocent villains, or they can be political officials or even soldiers. More controversial is the term “terrorist.” Individuals who commit acts of terrorism are often said to be “terrorists,” but that definition can be disputed on the grounds that terrorism...
February 1, 2016 | War On Terror | Mark Moyar
The plunging price of oil has battered the Russian economy. The economic crisis has put intense pressure on the Kremlin’s finances, since earnings from oil and gas exports comprise half of the government’s income. As a result, the cost of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is becoming much harder to bear. Thus, the United States and its European allies may now have sufficient leverage to force a...
January 28, 2016 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Europe

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