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Tag Archives: Counter-Terrorism

Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform

Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform By Paul R. Pillar An Analytical Review By Chris Rottenberg Paul Pillar shows that intelligence reforms, especially the measures enacted since September 11 can be deeply misguided. The attempts at reforming intelligence performance from a political standpoint often miss the sources that actually underwrite failed […]

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CounterStrike and Deterrence: Can a Cold War Tactic Stop Terrorism?

CounterStrike The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaeda By Thom Shanker and Eric Schmidt   An Analytical Review By Chris Rottenberg This book was not just made for the policy makers inside the belt-way since it has a clear distinction from other books about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This book goes […]

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Syrian Terrorism in Lebanon

[Editor’s Note: One of the referenced authors uses an alternate Latin spelling of the more commonly-used Arabic term Hezbollah. Hizballah is thus used as the spelling throughout the document for consistency.] Is Syria running Lebanon? Syria’s objectives in Lebanon have consistently been to accomplish one central goal: controlling the Palestinian cause so that it can be […]

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The Petraeus’ Doctrine: A Better Way to Win

Noted for being effective in the search for solutions to the deep and complex issues which plague Iraq and Afghanistan, the Petraeus Doctrine has offered a new approach to fighting terrorism and dangerous insurgent armies. Perplexed by two grueling battles that have lasted longer than expected, what U.S. General David Petraeus hoped to discover in […]

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U.S. Counter-Terrorism: Better Now Than on 9/11?

The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 provides an excellent time to reflect on American counter-terrorism strategies, including where they were prior to that day and where methodology has changed since then. This article will briefly discuss the history of intelligence gathering before moving on to defense of the homeland in the United States, “the wall” between […]

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