Terrorism Articles

Police stand watch over flower tributes and messages written on the footpath outside the Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Dec. 17, 2014 (AP photo by Rob Griffith).
Strategic Horizons

Emerging Threat of Lone Wolf Terrorism Requires Cold Rationality

By Steven Metz
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Lone wolf terrorism poses a growing threat to Western nations. Unfortunately, emotion and shaky logic stand in the way of a coldly effective national security approach. The strategic significance of lone wolf terrorism is determined less by the terrorists than by how targeted nations respond. more


The Realist Prism

For U.S., Middle East ‘Moderates’ a Fool’s Errand

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The elusive unicorns wandering the forests of America’s Middle East policy are the so-called moderates who will battle the extremists on behalf of the West. There is a touching faith in the existence of these moderates. However, finding them has proved to be an impossible challenge. more

Strategic Horizons

Can U.S. Build a Better Iraqi Army the Second Time Around?

By Steven Metz
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For the U.S., getting out of Iraq required rebuilding the Iraqi army. But the raw material that U.S. military advisers and trainers had to work with was not optimal. To defeat the Islamic State group, the Iraqi army will have to be organized on professional and not sectarian grounds. more