Friday, October 5, 2018
In this episode we’re looking to answer the big question of whether or not the country is safer than before 9/11. There hasn’t been a big terrorist attack on our soil since then, ISIS has lost almost all its territory in Iraq and Syria, Bin Laden is dead, and yet there are still thousands of extremist fighters out there and their ideology persists in attracting new recruits.
It might be tempting to think we have turned the tide on terrorism. After all, the Islamic State is on the run in Iraq and Syria, and terrorist attacks are on the decline globally for the third consecutive year. But that would be a grave mistake. Violent extremists are regrouping and will strike again. The 9/11 Commission, which we chaired 14 years ago, recommended three core goals for U.S. policy: Attack terrorists and their organizations, protect...
Federal agencies for nearly two decades have prevented another 9/11 terrorist attack, but the “time has come for a new U.S. strategy” in the war against extremism spreading in the Middle East and beyond, says a congressionally mandated new task force led by the former chairmen of the vaunted commission that investigated the 2001 strikes on Washington and New York.
First report of the congressionally mandated Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States warns that extremist groups have evolved and grown in the last 17 years, while America’s rivals exploit this instability to grow stronger
In the fall of 2016, Syrian troops loyal to Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russian airstrikes and Iran-backed militias, marched on Aleppo and ultimately captured the city of 200,000 people, leaving a trail of destruction and human suffering. In February of this year, they besieged Eastern Ghouta...
Amid dismal headlines depicting conflict and violence around the world, the idea of peace can seem distant and impractical. But a United States Institute of Peace (USIP) panel on July 10 showed how American teachers across the country are bringing peacebuilding and conflict-resolution into the classroom. Mandated by Congress in 1984, USIP works with local partners in conflict zones across the globe to provide support and..
An announcement by Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch opposition leader, to hold a competition for cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad has led to protests in Pakistan, where the far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) threatened to blockade Islamabad unless the country severs diplomatic relations with the Netherlands...
The U.S. Institute of Peace mourns the loss of Senator John McCain, a military veteran who personally bore the costs of war and used his experience to seek reconciliation with former foes. Senator McCain was admired across the United States and abroad for his candor and his example in prioritizing national and human values over partisan politics.
It is with the deepest sadness that the U.S. Institute of Peace mourns the passing of our revered and distinguished colleague Ambassador Princeton Lyman, the Institute’s advisor emeritus. Princeton passed away quietly in his home on the morning of August 24, surrounded by his family.