Commentary Series

The Commentary Series is intended to promote better policy by fostering constructive debate among leading policymakers, academics, and observers.  Designed to be timely and relevant, these commentaries seek to illuminate the issues of the day by raising important questions and challenging underpinning assumptions.  Opinions expressed in Commentaries are those of the author(s) alone. Comments should be directed to [email protected].

Cons Gone Wild? (PDF)

January 28, 2010

A Senate Foreign Relations Committee report released this month announced that up to three dozen Americans who converted to Islam in prison have traveled to Yemen, possibly to train with al-Qaida. Though blockbuster news, it was largely drowned out by other headlines. Despite limited public appetite and attention span for more bad news, we ignore such developments at our peril.

No Longer On Auto-Pilot: Aviation Security and Intelligence Reform (PDF)

January 09, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama made the latest in a series of statements regarding the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Over time more details will undoubtedly become available as investigations continue and efforts to remedy the defects in this case unfold. What is clear, however, is that there was a multilevel systemic failure, in terms of both aviation security and our intelligence architecture.