TCF senior fellow Michael Hanna quoted in The Week on Egypt's escalated campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood. A court banned on Monday all of the Islamist organization's activities, including social programs like health clinics and schools. Hanna tells The Week, "A ban represents a blunt approach in which there is no space for the Brotherhood in political and social life."
TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe for The New Yorker on Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto's approach to the war against cartels. In reevaluating Mexico's posture in the drug war, Keefe writes, Peña Nieto will necessarily consider the U.S.:
In the language of drug and alcohol addiction, some relationships are described as “enabling,” and in the intimate rapport between the United States and Mexico the dysfunction operates both ways. Mexico is the biggest exporter of narcotics on the planet, because its neighbor to the north is the biggest importer. Mexico’s cartels enable our addictions; our prolific consumption of drugs enables corruption and bloodshed in Mexico.
The New Republic covers senior fellow Barton Gellman's most recent work for the Washington Post, which reveals the United States's strained relationship with Pakistan.
As the story notes, "Pakistan appears at the top of charts listing critical U.S. intelligence gaps. It is named as a target of newly formed analytic cells. And fears about the security of its nuclear program are so pervasive that a budget section on containing the spread of illicit weapons divides the world into two categories: Pakistan and everybody else." The real importance of the piece, however, is what it indirectly explains: namely, that even if the Pakistanis follow our wish and wholeheartedly pursue terrorist groups and Taliban elements, there is bound to be serious collateral damage, and a host of fresh problems.
The Atlantic covers senior fellow Barton Gellman's latest work published in the Washington Post, which reveals that the U.S. government is highly concerned with Pakistan's nuclear program and human rights violations.
Gellman's report "comes at a critical time for diplomatic relations between the United States and Pakistan. While the covert operation to kill Osama bin Laden ruffled feathers and raised questions of national sovereignty, the incident was just the most prominent example of American fears that the Pakistani government is not fully aware of what is going on inside its borders, which is especially worrisome given the cache of nuclear arms in the country."
TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman for the Washington Post on a classified budget document, provided by former National Security Contracter Edward Snowden, which reveals that the U.S. government anually reinvestigates thousands of employees in the intelligence community. "The CIA found that among a subset of job seekers whose backgrounds raised questions, roughly one out of every five had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections,” Gellman writes.
"So sharp is the fear of threats from within that last year the NSA planned to launch at least 4,000 probes of potentially suspicious or abnormal staff activity after scrutinizing trillions of employee keystrokes at work."
TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman reports for the Washington Post that the National Security Agency pays U.S. companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year for clandestine access to their communications networks.
New details of the corporate-partner project, which falls under the NSA’s Special Source Operations, confirm that the agency taps into “high volume circuit and packet-switched networks,” according to the spending blueprint for fiscal 2013. The program was expected to cost $278 million in the current fiscal year, down nearly one-third from its peak of $394 million in 2011.
In the first years of the new century, an assertive foreign policy took a toll on the cultivated role of the U.S. as a responsible global leader. The Century Foundation's work in this area provides perspective on the international difficulties the U.S. is facing today, while providing policy recommendations to promote the nation's security interests. Our research and analysis focuses on effectively responding to challenges in the Middle East and Pakistan, as well as responding to international crime.
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