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Post-9/11 Measures Make U.S. Hard Target for Islamic State

July 1, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

Last week saw incidents of ISIS-coordinated terrorism in Tunisia and Kuwait, as well as a probable ISIS connection to a terror attack in France. In light of the tragic events, TCF fellow Michael Cohen takes stock of the United States' post-9/11 efforts to combat terrorism and argues that they have largely been effective at limiting the likelihood of a similar attack in the U.S.

While Americans were too distracted to pay much attention or begin worrying that the U.S. homeland might be next, it does beg the question: How vulnerable is the United States to IS and other terrorist groups operating in the Middle East and North Africa? The answer: not much at all.
The reason is perhaps one of the most underappreciated foreign policy stories of the last decade and a half. While the United States was squandering blood and treasure in Iraq and Afghanistan—and its good name in Guantanamo and various black sites around the world—all the while reorienting its foreign policy toward a “Global War on Terrorism,” the nation’s defenses against jihadist terrorism became almost impenetrably high.  

Read Cohen's full column here.

Tags: war on terror, terrorism, national security, isis, foreign policy

Egypt’s Next Phase: Sustainable Instability

Two years after Egypt’s July 2013 coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi, the country is entering a new phase of sustainable instability, explains TCF senior fellow Michael Wahid Hanna.


U.S. Critics Ignore Security Interests on Green Climate Fund

The United States has committed $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to fund environmentally sustainable international development projects. However, Congress has been reluctant to budget for the GCF, deeming it a "non-essential" program. In World Politics Review, TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya makes the national security case for the GCF and argues that cutting funding is a mistake:

Regarding climate change appropriations as “non-essential” represents a very narrow view of what constitutes prudent national security decision-making in the 21st century. There is growing recognition within the foreign policy community about the role climate change may now be playing, and will certainly play in the future, as a driver of political instability and potentially armed conflict. For the United States to be effective in pursuing its goals internationally, policymakers in Washington must recognize these facts and deploy the tools necessary to address the challenge.

The full column is available here.

Tags: green climate fund, foreign policy, climate policy, climate change

No End in Sight: Why in the Current Situation There Is Little Hope For Syria

Already roughly a fifth of Syrians have fled the country seeking refuge, with many millions more trapped within the country in need of urgent aid. TCF fellow Morton Abramowitz talks the ever-growing conflict in Syria.

Tags: syrian war, syrian crisis, isis, assad

Why Are We Blind to Right-Wing Terrorism?

June 26, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Sam Adler-Bell TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

Since 9/11, more Americans have been killed at the hand of right-wing extremists than Muslim extremists. TCF policy associate Sam Adler-Bell discusses the recent mass shooting in Charleston and which crimes should be defined as "terrorism."

Tags: terrorism, right wing, national security, gun violence, extremism

Reducing Climate Shocks in India through Social Insurance

Monsoon rains can make or break the livelihoods of Indian agriculture workers, but this government program helps to mitigate the damaging social and economic effects that a poor rainy season brings.

Tags: india, economy, conflict, climate change


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