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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After nearly two years of negotiations, the P5+1 and Iran are on the verge of signing a final nuclear agreement. Profound questions remain, however, about the deal’s actual impact on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Is the agreement enforceable? Will Iran disclose the extent of its previous nuclear weapons research? Will sanctions relief enable Iran to expand its support for terrorism abroad?The...
July 6, 2015 | Middle East
On July 7, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing to examine the administration’s efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL).  Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey will testify.The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is closely monitoring the situation in the Middle East, and...
July 6, 2015 | Defense | War On Terror
Last week's attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia – all conducted within three hours of each other – demonstrated again the enduring and global nature of the threat from Islamist terrorism. Though terror groups have been unable to carry out mass-casualty attacks akin to those of Sept. 11, 2001, the new era of smaller-scale attacks, often perpetrated by "lone wolves" trained or inspired by...
The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) has carefully monitored nuclear negotiations with Iran as well as Tehran’s activities in the Middle East. As policymakers and the larger public debate these critical issues, FPI has collected a number of our recent publications that we hope will serve as a concise resource for further research.FPI has also assembled these publications into a single PDF, which...
July 1, 2015 | Middle East
After spending more than five years in a Cuban jail, former USAID contractor Alan Gross is probably in possession of a lot of information that the United States government would like to know. How did Cuban officials become aware of his work bringing internet access to the island’s tiny Jewish community? What were the conditions like inside the Valla Marista prison, where he was held? What were...
In "Nuclear Deal Would Leave Iran With 5,000 Centrifuges," Washington Free Beacon reporter Adam Kredo reports:Iran will be permitted to operate more than 5,000 nuclear centrifuges under any final deal secured in the coming days, according to Western sources who fear that the Islamic Republic could use such technology to continue building a nuclear weapon.Sources commenting on the resumed talks...
June 30, 2015 | Middle East
Over the past three years, the Obama administration has delineated the criteria that any final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran must meet. In speeches, congressional testimony, press conferences, and media interviews, administration officials have also articulated their expectations from Tehran with repeated declarations: “No deal is better than a bad deal.”This FPI Analysis, which...
June 29, 2015 | Analysis | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn

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