Tag: US FOREIGN AnD NATIonal security POLICy

  • Twenty Years After: How Terrorism and the World Have Changed Since 9/11

    The list of things that have changed after terrorists toppled the twin towers twenty years ago is long.  Al Qaeda was an organization familiar only to a handful of anti-terrorism experts in the bowels of the CIA.  Russia’s little-known president, Vladimir Putin, was laboring to convince Washington that it should partner with Russia against international

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  • American Credibility and Power in the World with Robert C. O’Brien

    The collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan and the chaos in Kabul ahead of Tuesday’s evacuation deadline have called into question U.S. credibility to a degree unseen since the crises of 1970s. Many analysts believe the consequences will affect American interests globally and raise questions about the management of foreign policy in Washington.  On

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  • After the Debacle: How Can the United States Best Protect its Interests in Afghanistan?

    The U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan is all but complete.  It has sparked a vigorous debate over the merits of the war, the wisdom of the decision to withdraw, and the manner in which the withdrawal was executed.  As we wrestle over what has happened, however, we should not lose sight of the questions still

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  • Can the US and Russia Agree on Cyber Rules?

    Ransomware attacks targeting American businesses and critical infrastructure are highlighting how difficult it will be for the Biden administration to achieve its stated goal of stable and predictable relations with Russia.  The nature of the cyber domain blurs old lines that once separated armed combat from espionage, governments from non-state actors, and public diplomacy from

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  • Afghanistan: How Should the Biden Administration Manage the Graveyard of Empires?

    In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Milt Bearden, who ran the CIA’s covert support to Afghanistan’s mujahedin during the Soviet war, published a prescient article cautioning the United States against biting off more than it could chew in what he called “the graveyard of empires.”  His advice went unheeded.  Some twenty years later, the

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