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Winning in Afghanistan

October 2017

by Haviland Smith President Trump’s stated goal during his August 21 speech in Arlington, Virginia was “winning in Afghanistan.” The unfortunate fact is that between US and Middle East realities, “winning in Afghanistan” is highly unlikely—probably impossible. Part of the … Continued

The Evolving Terrorism Threat from Nixon to Trump

September 2017

This article is adapted from a draft of a forthcoming book U.S Counterterrorism efforts, from Nixon to Bush. (CPC Press/Taylor&Francis Group). Ambassador (rtd) Edward Marks and Michael B Kraft are also co-authors of U.S. Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does … Continued

Countering Pakistan-Supported Terrorism: The Military Options

October 2016

by Jon P Dorschner Expert observers have written reams of material concerning the never-ending confrontation between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. The issue leaves the radar screen during quiet periods, only to return when an incident touches-off another cycle of … Continued

The Challenge of Islamic Terrorism

September 2014

By David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain Text: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/threat-level-from-international-terrorism-raised-pm-press-conference Review by David T. Jones On 29 August, in an 1,800 word address, British Prime Minister David Cameron detailed the terrorist threat in the United Kingdom and globally. The “take away” … Continued

U.S. Government Counterterrorism

December 2012

Review by Michael W. Cotter
U.S. Government Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does What by Michael B. Kraft and Edward Marks, CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-1-4398-5143-2, 347 pp.

Don’t Leave Counter-Terrorism to the Military

May 2011

by Haviland Smith A retired CIA official and frequent contributor to this journal, gives us some advice on how not to conduct counter-insurgency operations. –Ed. The old saw tells us “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”. But that … Continued

The Middle East: What Do We Do Now?

March 2006

The author of the following comments, who has had decades of experience in and study of the Middle East, used this text as the basis for two talks he gave recently to audiences of mature adults, interested in foreign affairs, … Continued

Libya — Case Study in Fighting State-Sponsored Terrorism

February 2004

The author suggests briefly that the about-face in Libya’s role on the world terrorist scene beginning last year resulted from focused, selective programs that imposed heavy costs on the Quadaffi regime, not an across-the-board approach.— Ed. Libya’s agreement to take … Continued

Hostages, Terrorism, and the West

November 2003

Dr. Radu forcefully makes his point that there can be no half-way measures in understanding the nature of international terrorism. He discusses in particular three courses of action that should NOT be taken to meet the threat. A number of … Continued

Global Terrorism and the Future of Iraq

September 2003

Dr. Abrahamson argues that the world must take seriously the threat of Muslim- inspired terrorism and aid the United States and Great Britain in the fight against Islamist terrorists bent upon global religious dominance.—Ed. “Most Muslims are not fundamentalists, and … Continued