Issue Brief posted February 2, 2016
The 81st Terrorist Plot Against the U.S. Since 2001
On January 26, 2016, Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was charged with possession of machine guns and a silencer. According to the criminal complaint, Hamzeh, a 23-year-old Milwaukee resident, was intent on targeting a nearby Masonic temple to show “nobody can play with Muslims.” This is the third Islamist-inspired domestic terrorist plot or attack in 2016 and the 81st since…
Issue Brief posted January 29, 2016
Top Priorities for U.S. Policy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016
In 2016, Congress has a unique opportunity to improve America’s foreign policy toward Latin America. For the first time in the 17-year rule of Venezuela’s Socialist Party, the opposition has taken control of the National Assembly. As part of the anticorruption movement sweeping the region, former Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina was peacefully forced to resign after…
Issue Brief posted January 28, 2016
80 Islamist Terrorist Plots: The U.S. Needs to Redouble Its Counterterrorism Efforts
It is less than a month into 2016, and two terrorist plots have occurred, one foiled and the other successful. Additional information has become available regarding a case from December 2015, resulting in another addition to The Heritage Foundation’s list of terrorist plots and attacks. The FBI’s release of more information in December about the shooting at two…
Issue Brief posted January 15, 2016
Four U.S. Policy Priorities for Africa in 2016
There were some positive developments for U.S. interests in Africa in 2015. Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation and boasting its largest economy, peacefully elected a new president. Congress reaffirmed the U.S.’s commitment to Tunisia, a fledgling democratic ally in the crosshairs of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The African Growth and Opportunity…
Issue Brief posted January 11, 2016
Top 5 Priorities for Homeland Security in 2016
Policymakers, office-seekers, and the American people have numerous issues to consider in 2016. The following are the top five homeland security issues that Congress and the Administration need to consider this year.
1. Immigration Enforcement. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, most notably President Obama’s executive action on immigration in 2014, has…
Issue Brief posted January 8, 2016
The 76th Islamist Terrorist Plot against the United States
Emanuel L. Lutchman was arrested on December 30, 2015, for his support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and planned attack for New Year’s Eve in Rochester, New York. He planned to attack a local restaurant armed with a machete, knives, and supplies and take hostages.
This marks the 76th Islamist-inspired terrorist attack or plot on the United States since…
Issue Brief posted January 8, 2016
Top Five U.S. Policy Priorities for the Arctic in 2016
2016 will be an important and challenging year for the Arctic region. It marks the final year of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. In July 2016, NATO will hold a major summit in Poland that offers an opportunity for the Alliance to focus on the Arctic. Russia is expected to invest heavily in the Arctic region even with the fall in crude oil prices.
Special Report posted January 6, 2016
Combatting the ISIS Foreign Fighter Pipeline: A Global Approach
The Islamic State’s recent global terror campaign—including the October 31 downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed 224 and the November 13 shooting attacks in Paris that killed 130 restaurant patrons and concert-goers—has increased the urgency for the U.S. to lead a global alliance to defeat the Islamic State and its ideology.
ISIS has also been able to establish a…