With no effective Libyan government and no capable police or security services, militias present themselves to outside powers as counter-terror partners. The challenge is dealing with extremism in a way that does not empower these militias at the expense of an inclusive, civic state.
As cyberspace has emerged as a new frontier for geopolitics, states have become entrepreneurial in their sponsorship, deployment, and exploitation of hackers as proxies to project power.
Many efforts to provide counter-narratives for Salafi-jihadism are currently failing to address extremists’ abuse of religious scripture directly.
Tunisia has increasingly relied on the military to bring security to its border region with Libya. But the current approach risks worsening the security situation and playing into the hands of jihadis.
In the face of unexpected and significant pressure from the United States to deliver some top militants of the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, the generals in Rawalpindi are locked in a serious debate.
An effective strategy for countering Iran cannot rely on hard or soft power alone but must be mindful of recent history and of the political realities in both the United States and the Middle East.
Nicholas J. Rasmussen will discuss the evolving challenges of a complex terrorism threat environment.
On August 21, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his new strategy toward South Asia, highlighting the administration’s concerns regarding the threat of terrorism in the region.
Despite extensive cooperation, tension is common in the triangle of relationships formed between Saudi donors, the Pakistani security establishment, and salafi or jihadi groups based in Pakistan.
The Trump administration’s strategy in Afghanistan can at best preserve the Afghan regime, share the financial burden with its partners, and mitigate Pakistan’s interference.