The State Department’s list of official state sponsors of terrorism is flawed and with the Trump administration’s recent decision to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, it is time to critically analyze the purpose and process behind the designation.
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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Announcing a new working group on technology and terrorism.
The United States is falling short on its obligations to friends in the region.
The loss of Raqqa is a blow to the Islamic State, and hard times are ahead for the group. But expect it to try to continue exploiting instability in the region and working to inspire or direct attacks abroad.
The practical effects of treating domestic terrorism like international terrorism give reason for caution.
Defining right-wing violence as terrorism is a complex proposition.