Security

Short-Term Gains for Long-Term Losses: The Iraqi Response and US Support to Instability in Iraq

Iraq has largely slipped from the American public’s radar. The ongoing civil war in Syria and negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have taken precedence, followed by deliberations on the United States’ long-term presence in Afghanistan and ongoing instability in Egypt, Lebanon, and Yemen. Given this country’s recent history with Iraq, the Iraqi government is facing a very different political climate in Washington when it asks for weapons sales, military training, and other US support.

Bioterrorism: Growing Threat, Inadequate Budget

By Mark Sharoff In November, 2001, in a briefing with CIA Director George Tenet and NSA Director Condoleeza Rice, Vice President Cheney articulated what in years following would become the “One-Percent Doctrine,” the Bush administration’s approach to threats of “low-probability, high-impact” terrorism. The doctrine holds that if there is, in Ron Suskind’s words, “ a…

National Security in the New Millennium

In April the Georgetown Public Policy Review announced its 2010-2011 edition.  In light of the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, our staff decided to focus the publication on “National Security in the New Millennium.” For our headlining interview, Heather Vaughan sat down with Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.  During his Senate career Hagel sat on…

Has Multiculturalism in America Failed?

by Christopher Lin Sometime during the week of March 7, 2011, the House Committee on Homeland Security will hold hearings examining whether Muslim Americans are becoming radicalized and pose a threat to the nation’s security. Civil rights groups are worried that the hearings will turn into a political witch-hunt, akin to the anti-communist investigations conducted…

The START Treaty

by Joseph Cox A treaty that is a priority of the President, advocated for by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the head of the Missile Defense Agency, the Secretary of State, every Democrat in the Senate, the President of Russia, every member of NATO, U.K. leaders past and…

The Karzai Contractor Ban: What Could be Next for Afghanistan’s Development?

by Ryan Greer Afghan President Hamid Karzai has issued a decree banning private security firms from Afghanistan early next year, a move likely to drive out many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in reconstruction. Karzai – and even some American leaders – believe this is a necessary move to shore up Afghan sovereignty, but the priority in…