National Security

Jihadist Groups in Sub-Saharan Africa: Assessing the Threat

As the Biden administration surveys the litany of foreign policy challenges that exist—Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea, to name a few—counterterrorism in sub-Saharan Africa likely falls outside of its top priorities. Throughout the Trump administration, there were high-level...

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Thank You for Being a Friend: NATO, Iraq, and the Benefits of the Alliance

After a recent meeting of defense ministers in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the Alliance would expand the size of its security training mission in Iraq, increasing troop levels from 500 to 4,000. The move comes less...

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Will U.S.-China Competition Divide South Asia Along Great Power Fault Lines?

On February 8, 2021, U.S. President Joseph Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed in a call to continue “close cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.” U.S.-Indian cooperation has strengthened considerably in the past year against...

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Biden Connects NATO to the China Challenge

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development Elbridge Colby and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy Ian Brzezinski discussed how the transatlantic alliance would need to pivot to cope with...

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The Intelligence Community and Open-Source Information in the Digital Age

On January 22, 2021, the New York Times reported that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was acquiring commercially available databases from vendors containing U.S. person location data generated by smartphone applications, and the DIA was periodically using that data...

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Trends in Terrorism: What’s on the Horizon in 2021?

The year 2020 was unprecedented in many ways. Just three days into the year, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF) commander Qasem Soleimani. That news was soon eclipsed by the...

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The East Mediterranean and Regional Security: A Transatlantic Trialogue

Download The East Mediterranean and Regional Security: A Transatlantic Trialogue here. Preface Turkey has been a military ally of the ...

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Competing Power Schemes over Libya and the Challenge for Europe

This report is part of The Eastern Mediterranean and Regional Security: A Transatlantic Trialogue series. In May 2020, French Foreign ...

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No Exit: The Illusion of Leaving Afghanistan

For the youngest U.S. soldiers, America is about apple pie, Abe Lincoln, and Afghanistan. They have never known a United States that wasn’t at war in Central Asia. Since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, America has spent hundreds...

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Compromise or Double Down: U.S.-Turkey Relations after CAATSA Sanctions

On December 14, the Trump administration sanctioned Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industry (SSB), along with key individuals involved in the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air and missile defense system....

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