“We need a new national security strategy to prevent the spread of extremism,” Chairs of 9/11 Commission Warn in New Report

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Report: Counterterrorism Should Pivot To Strengthen Fragile States - NPR

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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A new report says U.S. counterterrorism efforts need to focus much more on the long-term goal of supporting fragile countries and preventing extremism from taking root. The report, sponsored by the nonpartisan U.S. Institute of Peace, says that after the 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. response was to protect the homeland and pursue terrorists abroad. Now, the authors say, the U.S. should emphasize the stabilization of countries where...

Fragility & Resilience

Combating Extremist Ideology Since 9/11 - America Abroad

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

By: Stephen J. Hadley

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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.

Fragility & Resilience

On anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks, terrorists readying to attack again: 9/11 commissioners - USA Today

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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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...

Fragility & Resilience

U.S. needs new blueprint for post-9/11 extremism, study says - Washington Times

Monday, September 10, 2018

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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.

Fragility & Resilience

The Worst May Be Yet to Come in Syria - Atlantic

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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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...

‘Peace Teachers’ Chronicle Year of Bringing Conflict-Resolution to the Classroom - Washington Diplomat

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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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..

Dutch cartoon contest and protests in Pakistan: All for show? - Al Jazeera

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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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...

In Memoriam: John McCain

In Memoriam: John McCain

Monday, August 27, 2018

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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.