What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid


by International Crisis Group In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set to make counter-terrorism a centrepiece of his foreign policy. His administration’s determination against groups that plot to kill Americans is understandable,… Continue Reading  

Political Discipline and a Strategic Void


by Paul R. Pillar Recent press reports have described the Trump White House shaping its relationships with federal departments and agencies, especially the Department of Defense, in two different directions.  On one hand, the administration reportedly is giving freer rein… Continue Reading  

Jordan Attempts to Transform Challenges into Opportunities


by Shehab al-Makahleh Jordan’s King Abdullah II ascended to the throne after King Hussein’s passing in February 1999. Ever since, he has ruled over a relatively stable country despite challenges and hardships ranging from terrorism and extremism to economic problems.… Continue Reading  

Gorka Hedges, Evades on Vitezi Rend Tie


by Eli Clifton and Jim Lobe Trump counter-terrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka has offered a series of inconsistent reactions to The Forward’s report that he is a sworn member of Vitezi Rend. This chivalric order was founded in the 1920s by… Continue Reading  

Making America Weaker


by Robert E. Hunter Last week, President Donald J. Trump began moving from words and executive orders to the basic stuff of foreign policy and national security. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delivered its budget estimates under the… Continue Reading