Issue Brief posted June 3, 2014
To Defeat Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Stronger Counterterrorism Cooperation Needed
Iraq faces major political, national security, and economic challenges that should be addressed by the new government that emerges from the April 30 elections. Last year, more than 7,800 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in political violence and terrorist attacks, making it Iraq’s deadliest year since 2008.
The Islamic State of Iraq and…
Issue Brief posted November 5, 2013
Greater Iraqi–American Cooperation Needed on Counterterrorism, Syria, and Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came to Washington last week in search of greater U.S. security assistance in battling the al-Qaeda-led insurgency that increasingly threatens Iraq's internal security as well as regional stability in the oil-rich Persian Gulf.
The United States shares Maliki's goal of defeating al-Qaeda's franchise in Iraq, which has expanded into…
Issue Brief posted September 19, 2013
Framework for Removing Syrian Chemical Weapons: Reasons for Skepticism
The framework agreement for destroying Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) arsenal and its supporting infrastructure is imprecise, unrealistic, and unlikely to be fulfilled. On the basis of the requirements of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Syria has now agreed to join, and historical experience in executing the CWC, even under ideal circumstances and assuming…
Video Recorded on September 19, 2013
Obama, Kerry, and Syria: Brookes on 'Kudlow'
Senior Fellow Peter Brookes discusses the tactics of President Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry in resolving the Syrian conflict on CNBC's 'The Kudlow Report'.…
Issue Brief posted September 11, 2013
Syria Policy Should Be Driven by U.S. Interests, Not the U.N.
There are good reasons why Americans, under the current circumstances, should question a military intervention in Syria. But President Obama has muddied the waters further by giving as much weight to international law as he did to U.S. interests in presenting his case for military intervention, frequently expressing the need to enforce an “international norm”…