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Wed, Sep 15, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing August 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month’s most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Afghanistan Belarus

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Extremist communications: The future is corporate

Digital platforms have enabled white supremacists such as The Base to build out networks in North America, Europe, and Australia, and provide extremist groups with a low- to zero-cost means to disseminate their messages.

Article by Jennifer A. Counter

National Security Security & Defense

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Does treating Syria as a State Sponsor of Terrorism advance or hold back US national security interests?

In 1979, the United States designated Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism, putting it on its first-ever such list along with Libya, Iraq, and the former South Yemen.

Article by Nate Rosenblatt

Middle East National Security

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Combating domestic extremism means combating the insider threat in law enforcement

Dozens of law enforcement officers have been investigated or charged for their participation in events culminating in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol.

Article by Mary McCord

National Security Nationalism

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Preparing for future concepts in terrorism: Non-kinetic acts and decentralization

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, the world saw a coordinated attack on the United States that struck us as “unimaginable” at the time.

Article by Arun Iyer

National Security Security & Defense

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Facing the future of bioterrorism

Biotechnology has developed at an astounding rate over the first twenty years of the twenty-first century. Emerging biotechnological tools have become cheaper and more accessible than ever before, and less expertise is necessary to use those tools effectively.

Article by Barry Pavel and Vikram Venkatram

Security & Defense Terrorism

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

OPINION: We are all responsible for 6/5

If there is any hope of preventing another 6/5, and defusing the smoldering rebellion behind it, we must first admit that we are all to blame.

Article by Max Brooks

Security & Defense Terrorism

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

The global war on terrorism wrecked relations with Iran

The most fundamental strategic error of the George W. Bush administration following the September 11, 2001, attacks was launching a “Global War on Terrorism” that failed to distinguish properly between those responsible for the 9/11 attacks and other US adversaries.

Article by Barbara Slavin

Iran Middle East

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Counterterrorism and great-power competition

For nearly two decades after the attacks of September 11, 2001, counterterrorism was the United States’ top national security and foreign policy priority. That is no longer the case, as resources and policy maker bandwidth are increasingly shifting to challenges associated with peer and near-peer rivals such as China and Russia.

Article by Nathan Sales

China Middle East

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

An intellectual reckoning on counterterrorism

The time has come for the US counterterrorism community to undertake a difficult and probably painful review of whether the United States’ current practices and investments are sufficiently advancing its strategic interests and policy goals against terrorism.

Article by LTG Michael Nagata

Security & Defense Terrorism