Chris Meserole

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Chris Meserole researches emerging technology, international security, and violent extremism. He is a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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Foreign Policy Essay

How Should the Trump Administration Respond to Right-Wing Extremism?

Editor’s Note: The neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville and the killing of a counter-protester highlighted to Americans what terrorism watchers have long known: Right-wing extremism in the United States is alive and dangerous. Trump's election appears to have invigorated the movement, and the attention given to Charlottesville may strengthen it even more. Assuming the president wants to fight this movementwhich for now, alas, is just an assumptionwhat should he do?

Foreign Policy Essay

CVE in the Age of Trump

Editor’s Note: President Obama, in his rhetoric at least, emphasized trying to prevent people from joining terrorist groups in the first place as well as killing and arresting suspected terrorists. Programs to move people away from terrorism are often lumped together under the label "Countering Violent Extremism" (CVE), a rather ill-defined term but one that focuses on the non-kinetic side of counterterrorism. The rhetoric of President-elect Trump and key advisers, including incoming National Security Adviser Lt. Gen.

Foreign Policy Essay

National Security in a Data Age

Editor's Note: Data should drive decision-making – the real question is how much should it do so? As big data and data analytics expand, it is tempting to assume they can solve many of the problems foreign policy decision-making has long faced. Chris Meserole, a pre-doctoral fellow here at Brookings unpacks some of the issues involved with big data when it comes to foreign policy and argues that it can inform our strategic reasoning but can’t supplant it.