RAND Corporation

Improving Decisionmaking in a Turbulent World

April 6, 2016

In a turbulent and disorderly world, where bandwidth is no longer a technical term relating to radio frequencies but rather a synonym for the limited capacity of decisionmakers to deal with simultaneity, the United States must have a national security decisionmaking system to support its global role.

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NBC News

Taliban Control of Afghanistan Highest Since U.S. Invasion

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February 1, 2016

America’s 14-year project to defeat the Taliban and build a stable Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of failure, according to a sobering report Friday by a government watchdog.

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The Washington Post

The Islamic State’s suspected inroads into America

November 17, 2015

U.S. authorities have charged 66 men and women around the country with alleged Islamic State activities. Men outnumber women in those cases by about 5 to 1. The average age of the individuals — some have been charged, others have been convicted — is 25. One is a minor. The FBI says that, in a

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Slate

The Easy Days Are Over

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November 16, 2015

If you’re an 18-year-old American, you were 3 or 4 when al-Qaida hit the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. You haven’t seen a major terrorist strike in your country since then. Maybe you heard about the attacks in Madrid in 2004, London in 2005, or Mumbai in 2008. But aside from the occasional lone-wolf

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New York Times

Paris Bloodshed May Be the Latest of Many ISIS Attacks Around the World

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November 16, 2015

If investigators determine that the Islamic State is responsible for the catastrophic attacks in Paris, as the group claims and France alleges, the assaults represent a major leap in the group’s abilities.  

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New York Times

In Presidential Campaign, It’s Now Terrorism, Not Taxes

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November 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders dispensed with the threat from the Islamic State in two sentences at the start of the Democratic debate before abruptly pivoting to the dangers of a “rigged economy.” Ben Carson struggled to answer a simple question on Sunday about how he would form a coalition to fight the militant group. And

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Choosing to Lead

International Terrorism

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October 21, 2015

The threat posed by al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups with existing or potential global reach is a multi-generational problem for the United States and its allies. It is a problem we have confronted since at least the late 1970s, as Iran sought to spread its Islamic revolution through Shi’a-based terrorist groups like Hizballah and

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Washington Post

Terrorists were a lot more active last year. Here is how much and why.

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June 23, 2015

Terrorist attacks around the world soared last year, driven by extremist groups in the Middle East and Africa, according to a State Department report released Friday.

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Reuters

Syria, Iraq a ‘finishing school’ for foreign fighters: U.N. report

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April 7, 2015

More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a “veritable international finishing school for extremists,” United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council. The experts, who monitor al Qaeda sanctions violations, said in a report seen by Reuters that along

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Wall Street Journal

Iran Flexes New Clout Beyond Its Borders

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March 6, 2015

BAGHDAD—Not long ago, Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite troops known as the Quds Force, was one of the spy world’s most covert operators. Now, his smiling face is everywhere: arm-in-arm with Iraqi officials on TV, rubbing shoulders with the militiamen fighting Islamic State across social media, and in public meetings with Iraqi families…  

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