The Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy recently released their third edition of the Terrorism Index, the first comprehensive effort to survey the American foreign policy establishment for their assessment of the U.S. fight against terrorism. On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks and the release of General David Petraeus’ report on the Iraq surge, please join us for a discussion with three of the survey’s prominent participants for their thoughts on the Index, U.S. efforts to combat terrorism, and the war in Iraq.
Key findings of the Terrorism Index:
-Nearly all of the experts (91 percent) say that the world is becoming more dangerous for Americans.
-84 percent of survey participants say that the country is not winning the war on terror.
-More than 80 percent predict a 9/11-scale terrorist attack on the United States within the next 10 years.
-More than half believe the recent surge in Iraq has had a negative impact on U.S. national security, compared with 31 percent six months ago.
Paul R. Pillar, Visiting Professor, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
R. James Woolsey, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Moises Naim, Editor-in-chief, Foreign Policy
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress