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In his final months in office, the Secretary of Homeland Security gives us his assessment of the state of the nation’s security.
A Chat with the Secretary
The new CENTCOM Commander surveys the Mideast battlefield.
Central Command: At the Center of the Action
Putin continues to taunt the US and Europe at every turn by testing NATO’s resolve, propping up Assad, provoking Ukraine, and even doing what he can to further complicate the migrant crisis.
The Russian Bear on the Prowl
From ISIL and Al Qaeda in Libya and Mali, to Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, to Al Shabab in Somalia and Kenya, has the long suffering, but recently promising, continent become the latest breeding ground for terrorism?
Africa: The Next Hotbed of Terrorism?
What role should cyber tools play in securing the nation, both offensively and defensively?
Cyber’s Role in America’s Security Arsenal
One year after his debut at the Aspen Security Forum, the global threat environment facing the United States is even more complicated, murky, and dangerous. What further challenges, and potential opportunitieJohn Allens, does the DNI see ahead?
Directing National Intelligence
For decades analysts have predicted that the Mideast would eventually be rent asunder by pent-up resistance to the lack of political, civil, and economic opportunity; sectarianism; and the contradiction between the modernizing effects of globalization and religious and cultural fundamentalism. From Egypt to Yemen and in between, we are seeing the crackup before our eyes. Meanwhile, after depending on the United States for their security since time immemorial, in the wake of our indecision in Syria and the nuclear deal with Iran, the Saudis and other traditional American partners in the Gulf are going their own way. What comes next, for the region and for our relationships there?
The Great Mideast Crackup: The Inevitable Comes to Pass
Paris, San Bernardino, and Brussels—are these kinds of attacks (relatively frequent attacks carried out by relatively small cells and on soft targets) the “new normal?” Our increasing ability to prevent catastrophic 9/11-scale attacks may make less lethal but still devastating attacks even more likely than ever.
The New Normal?
Now that the nuclear deal is done, will Tehran uphold its end of the bargain? And, will the agreement lead to Iran’s reintegration into the international community or will it continue to be a state sponsor of terror and a regional sectarian provocateur?
Pacta Sunt Servanda
The new Commander of European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, formerly Commander of United States Forces Korea, discusses the arguably even greater challenges now facing him in Brussels.
From Pyongyang to Brussels—Frying Pan to Fire?
As President Obama exits the White House, the Taliban are recapturing territory and carrying out terror attacks even in the heart of Kabul. Pakistan remains a refuge for both the Taliban and Al Qaeda, even while professing to be our partner in fighting terrorism. What can the next Administration do to turn things around?
The Continuing Counterterrorism Fight in Afghanistan/Pakistan: War Without End
What turns a young man or woman into a terrorist? What are the drivers? What are the triggers? What are the warning signs? And, how can violent extremism be countered?
Countering Violent Extremism
Can-and should-GITMO finally be closed? Can—and should—terrorists be tried here at home and in civilian courts? What obligations do private companies, and private citizens have to provide support to the government in its efforts to combat terrorism? Should victims of terrorism be able to sue nations, even U.S allies, they believe to be complicit? Have we gotten the balance between security and liberty right? And, are we overemphasizing a military response to global threats and under emphasizing democracy, human rights, and socio-economic development?
The Security State
North Korea continues its underground nuclear tests, and there are indications that it has succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear warhead. Sanctions and threats have seemed only to embolden the volatile young leader in Pyongyang. Can Kim Jong Un be stopped before he turns the peninsula, and the region, into a nuclear wasteland?
Peril on the 38th Parallel
Four intelligence professionals grapple with the perennial puzzle of the “unknown unknowns.”
Seeing Around Corners: The Intelligence Professional’s Challenge
ISIL and Al Qaeda, and their various affiliates and offshoots, are vying to be the biggest and baddest terror groups on the world stage. What does this deadly competition for global primacy portend?
ISIL and Al Qaeda: Lethal One-Upmanship
In a rare interview and his debut appearance in Aspen, the CIA Director surveys the global security scene and tells how he sees it.
A Candid Conversation with the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
The migration crisis is reshaping the face of Europe, literally, and it poses a grave security challenge to the continent, the region, and the world. What more can be done to address this problem of near Biblical dimension? And, what has the crisis, and other political, economic, and military shocks, affected the decades-long project of European integration, and what are the security implications of those effects.
Europe in Crisis
The panelists cover issues relating to people, process, and technology from their respective private and public sector perspectives.
Intelligence Led Cyber Security: Operating Globally While Balancing Risk and Speed
China’s buildup of air and naval capability in the South China Sea shows no signs of abating. If anything, the pace since last summer has accelerated, and the Chinese attitude is more belligerent. Will the economic slowdown, signs of political instability, and US and allied military pushback give China pause or will it double down in the historic race for regional hegemony?
The Fight for Geopolitical Supremacy in the Asia Pacific
How do various leaders on Capitol Hill view the war on terrorism? How do they grade the outgoing Administration? With no progress on a revised authorizing resolution, how do they grade themselves? And what policies should the next Administration pursue?
Congress and the War on Terror
President Obama’s chief counterterrorism and homeland security advisor shares a view from inside the White House on the evolving threat posed by terrorist groups and violent extremism, as well as how the Administration leverages all elements of national power to address that threat.
The View from the West Wing
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