It is safe to say that under Trump, terrorism will remain at the top of the U.S. national security agenda. The difficulty lies in crafting good policy to address real, rather than imagined, problems.
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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President Trump’s Executive Order severely restricting visa-holders and refugees’ freedom to enter the United States is not only immoral and un-American—it’s also likely to fail on its own terms and lead to an increase in terrorist attacks against Americans.
An inventory of my some of my analytic mistakes during the Obama administration, focusing on those that seem most relevant to counterterrorism as we go forward.
Let’s consider some of the assumptions Trump and his team appear to bring to the table as they enter office.
Despite the President-elect's enthusiasm for the term, the label “Radical Islam” is so big as to be confusing, meaningless, or even contradictory.
Air power is attractive and effective, yet it has real limits.
The United States spends massively on programs to train and equip allied governments and militias to help fight the war on terrorism, but such efforts are rarely a replacement for other policies. We might call it "downbound training."