Counterterrorism & Intelligence Op-Eds & Commentaries Archive

Is America's View of Iran and Hezbollah Dangerously Out of Date?

March 20, 2012

For the past decade, U.S. Government analysts have understandably focused on Al Qaeda, resulting in a lesser reservoir of U.S. intelligence on, and perhaps even a bit of a blind spot about, Hezbollah. Yet Hezbollah’s activities have grown global, ranging from West Africa to the Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

How to Beat al Qaeda at Its Own Game

August 11, 2010

The story of Badr al-Harbi is a case study of a battleground in the war on terror that has long been ignored: the struggle to control the narrative.

To Beat Terrorists, Use Judo, Not Boxing

August 13, 2009

Noordin Top, likely mastermind of multiple bombings in Indonesia - including the most recent attack on the Ritz-Carlton and J W Marriott hotels in Jakarta, was apparently nearly killed in a government raid on his hideout in a remote area of central Java.

A Message to Congress from National Security and Terrorism Experts (PDF)

July 10, 2009

Blocking the government from bringing any Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. is unnecessary and harmful to our national security.

In Afghanistan, Hit 'em Where They Aren't

September 29, 2008

Recent US attacks inside Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) follow the prevailing, conventional logic: To win in Afghanistan, kill, coerce, and capture in Pakistan.

Fighting Terrorism

January 11, 2002

The United States can no longer rely on the protection of the two oceans that have historically shielded its country and people. The terrorist attacks brought home the fact that, since the end of the Cold War, threats have become more complex and far-reaching.