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].

Baghdad Surprise? (PDF)

August 20, 2010

HSPI’s recent Commentary “Baghdad Surprise?” – coupled with the President’s upcoming address on the future of the US mission in Iraq – led us to pose three questions to key foreign policy and counterterrorism experts: What are the security implications of the transition, both short- and long-term? How can these implications be best managed? What's needed to achieve "success" in Iraq in the long run?

Critical Lessons from the Federal Response to the Gulf Oil Crisis (PDF)

August 10, 2010

One of the primary challenges federal officials faced during the Gulf disaster was not operational but political. To address the challenges that local, state, and federal officials faced, the Oil Pollution Act (and associated plans) should be amended to conform to the predominant disaster response policy, the Robert T. Stafford Act.

Hammami the Jihadist Pop Star--Bridging Worlds: From Mobile to Mogadishu (PDF)

August 09, 2010

An indictment unsealed Thursday names Hammami as part of a massive FBI US-Somali terrorism case. The operation also includes the arrests and indictments of 14 individuals on charges of providing support to the Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab. These developments highlight the growing trend of radicalized individuals seeking to fight abroad in jihadist conflict theaters, to support those who do, or to receive training to carry out the murder of innocents in their host countries.