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Kerry Says ISIS is Running – Is He Trustworthy?

By Mike Martin
Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that ISIS is on the run, but the Obama administration has made these kinds of statements in the past. Should the American people believe Secretary Kerry?

How Marginalization in France Fuels Recruitment and Terror Attacks

Security Debrief contributor Erroll Southers writes in The Hill about the terrorist attack in Nice and what it reveals about the rising homegrown violent extremist threat in France and around the world.

Justice Dept. Redacting the Truth…and Common Sense

One wonders whether the Justice Department possesses any common sense given its decision to redact portions of the Orlando nightclub shooter’s 9-1-1 calls. Public trust in government is at all-time lows, and the ability to embrace common sense and sharing the obvious seem to be factors that are difficult to grasp for DOJ.

The One-Minute Terrorist – Lessons from Orlando

By Casey Lucius
After the Orlando terrorist attack, we are analyzing what went wrong and what could we have been done to stop it. Yet, our political leaders and media pundits fall into a predictable pattern that neither diagnoses the real problem nor points us to effective solutions. So how do we stop homegrown terrorism? As a society.

An Open Letter to Non-Muslim Americans

Extremism threatens us all, whether it comes in the form of violence or in the form of intolerance and hate. All Americans have an opportunity this month to show their fellow citizens that this country is still a land of united people. It only takes two words: Happy Ramadan.

In Fight Against ISIS and AQ, What Does Success Look Like?

The George Washington University annual program, “Securing Our Future,” bought together national, homeland and cyber security experts to discuss U.S. security challenges and priorities. What emerged were three clear metrics for measuring success in the fight against ISIS and al Qaeda.

A Case for Empathy in Counterterrorism

A lot has been written about empathy as the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. It turns out that empathy can be a fantastically powerful tool in understanding complex issues and in making crucial decisions in a variety of situations—including in the fight against terrorists.

After Brussels Attack, Why Daesh is Losing the Battle and Winning the War

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks at the Brussels airport and metro. There’s been rosy talk lately about how Daesh is losing, but they’re not. Every terrorist attack feeds a cycle of extremism and violence, and those fighting Daesh are not doing enough to break it.

Amid 2016 Presidential Race, America is Primed for Extremist Violence

The inevitable happened on Friday—fighting erupted outside of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago. This was only a small example of things to come. The presidential race is creating the enabling environment that completes the perfect storm of violent extremism.

One Strategy Does Not Fit All Terrorists

Big issues, like international and domestic terrorism, are incredibly complex. So how can so many of the proposed solutions to America’s terrorism woes fit inside a 5-second soundbite? They can’t because they aren’t real solutions.