Security in Afghanistan: 5 Key Areas for U.S. Action
Issue Brief Any adjustment to the withdrawal timeline of U.S. troops from Afghanistan must consider the critical needs of the Afghan National Security Forces.
To Stem the Flow of Illicit Drugs from Afghanistan, Follow the Money
Issue Brief Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium. Curbing the drug trade will require enhanced efforts to monitor the flow of illicit financial funds, as well as Afghan political will to enforce action.
Building Foreign Security Forces as a Counterterrorism Strategy Is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Approach
Before embarking on a new $5 billion fund to support foreign counterterrorism efforts, the United States should closely examine its record in helping to build security-force capacity in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
On the Brink: Managing the ISIS Threat in Iraq
Issue Brief The Obama administration needs to launch a comprehensive strategy for the region and prepare for the possible targeted use of force in Iraq to halt the rise of a new terrorist group that could threaten America.
U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and Competition
Report A new era of extremism, sectarianism, and competition between regional powers requires the United States to update its regional strategy.
Jordan in the Eye of the Storm
Report As Jordan wrestles with the effects of the Arab uprisings and the Syrian civil war, the United States should support the country’s political and economic reform.
Looking Ahead to Egypt’s Uncertain Summer of Trials and Tribulations
There is no doubt about who will win Egypt’s upcoming presidential election, but what the next president will do—and whether Egypt will stabilize—remains unclear.
What Has to Happen to Close Guantanamo Bay This Year
A closer look reveals achievable steps to close the prison in 11 months.
Moving Beyond 9/11: The United States Needs a Broader-Based and Sustainable Counterterrorism Policy
The eventual demise of Al Qaeda will require the United States to formulate a broader-based and sustainable counterterrorism strategy that shifts from a “war on terror” approach to embrace a range of tools to combat new foreign threats.
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Right: Torture Was Useless in Finding Bin Laden
The critically acclaimed movie highlights the folly of and the moral cost associated with the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.
Right-Wing Extremists Aren’t the Lone Wolves They Seem to Be
The rise in right-wing extremist and white-supremacist attacks suggests that these radicals are part of larger movements that are gaining support, a trend that we must pay attention to as our country becomes more diverse.
Interactive Map: Al Qaeda After Osama bin Laden By the Numbers
Ken Sofer shows that the terrorist organization is significantly weaker a year after its leader’s death.
The Unaddressed Threat of Female Suicide Bombers
Ken Sofer and Jennifer Addison discuss why we need to acknowledge the growing number of female attacks in our counterterrorism strategy.
Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil
CAP Senior Fellow Lawrence Korb testifies before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management.
A Victory for the United States but Not the Defeat of Al Qaeda in Yemen
Anwar al-Awlaki’s lawful killing removes a genuine threat to the United States, but it brings Yemen no closer to peace and stability, writes Ken Gude.