Relationships with terrorist and militant groups are integral to Iran’s foreign policy.
Daniel Byman is foreign policy editor of Lawfare. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he focuses on counterterrorism and Middle East security. He is also a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
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The usual paradigm for thinking about terrorism collapsed on 9/11, and the Islamic State has taken it at least one step further.
In light of press reports that President Trump may have revealed sensitive counterterrorism information originating from the Israeli government to Russian officials, it’s useful to take a step back and run through what foreign liaison relationships do and why they are important to U.S. counterterrorism.
I worry that President Trump will bungle the response to a jihadist terrorist attack on U.S. soil, making the fear worse at home and helping the terrorists score a win.
The launch of cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase strikes me more as an attempt at therapy to salve our anguished conscience and feel like we are taking a stand than a serious move to change our policy in Syria for the better.
In the hope of mitigating some of the confusion and fear that proliferate following a terrorist attack like the bombing in the St. Petersburg subway, here are nine questions to ask after such an attack.