CGRS News Archive

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  • The Foreign Policy Essay: Hearts, Minds, & ISIL

    Oct 13, 2014

    Defeating ISIL will not come from “winning hearts and minds” and soft power, nor will it come from a handful of precision airstrikes. It will require hard, bloody ground combat. The United States may not want to admit this, but it is the grim truth nonetheless.

  • Hit the Islamic State's Pocketbook

    Oct 6, 2014

    The Islamic State is the world's richest terrorist group, with estimated assets of $1 billion to $2 billion. Airstrikes may disrupt the flow of oil and profits, but they won't lead to the group's financial ruin anytime soon. The Islamic State will bring in an estimated $100 million to $200 million this year.

  • War with ISIS: What Does Victory Look Like?

    Sep 25, 2014

    We should start the campaign with an achievable definition of victory and a reasonable expectation about what that will take. We want to degrade ISIS so its ability to attack us and our interests is minimized, and to aid allies like Iraqis and Middle Eastern governments who are willing to commit even limited forces.

  • Does France Have the Master Plan to Defeat ISIS?

    Sep 24, 2014

    In Mali, France stopped jihadists from taking over, ejected them from the country almost entirely, and struck a major blow to their ability to threaten France and the region. This success story provides important lessons for the U.S. debate about how to deal with ISIS.

  • The More Options, the Better

    Sep 23, 2014

    Preserving the ability of the United States to choose how it will respond to global events is essential. And maintaining options is critical to the calculus.

  • War Is Not the Word

    Sep 18, 2014

    Iraq, not the United States, is at war with ISIS. This distinction is important because it helps everyone understand each country's role.

  • Will Obama's Light-Footprint Strategy Be Successful Against ISIS?

    Sep 17, 2014

    President Obama's campaign against ISIS militants marks a notable strategic shift in the conduct of warfare against terrorists and insurgents. It eschews the use of overwhelming force and embraces a light-footprint strategy that relies on precision strikes from U.S. aircraft, clandestine ground units, and local allies.

  • The U.S. Can't Count on Regional Support in the Fight Against ISIS

    Sep 16, 2014

    Regional governments may put some of their differences aside to help fight ISIS. But in a region rife with turmoil and multiple internal fissures, Washington cannot count on its confrontation with ISIS as its partners' overriding priority.

  • RAND Experts Discuss President Obama's Speech Announcing ISIS Strategy

    Sep 11, 2014

    Professor Ben Connable and RAND researchers Dalia Dassa Kaye and Christopher Chivvis hosted a media conference call on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 to discuss the President Obama's speech announcing his strategy to address the regional and global threat of ISIS. Media relations manager Joe Dougherty moderated the call.

  • To Defeat the Islamic State, Follow the Money

    Sep 10, 2014

    ISIS, likely the world's richest terrorist organization, has bills to pay and mouths to feed. If U.S. President Obama wants to defeat them, he should follow the money.

  • Assessing the Public Perception of Security and Privacy in Europe

    Sep 10, 2014

    Security technologies and related measures are implemented to mitigate likely risks from terrorist attacks and other threats, but these technologies and measures may compete with privacy and civil liberties. RAND Europe is participating in PACT, a 3-year EU-funded research project to assess existing knowledge about the relation between security and privacy; collect empirical evidence through a pan-European survey; and analyze the main factors that affect how the public perceives the security and privacy implications of security technology.

  • Brian Michael Jenkins Joins Elite Panel on Domestic Intelligence Gathering

    Aug 26, 2014

    Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the RAND president and an expert on transportation security and terrorism, has joined the “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which will preside over work by a Business Executives for National Security task force to determine whether post-9/11 reforms have kept pace with evolving threats to homeland security.

  • IMPACT Europe Explores 'What Works' in Tackling Violent Radicalisation

    Aug 22, 2014

    IMPACT Europe aims to bring together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to explore how violent radicalisation can be countered and what works best. RAND Europe is a partner in this European Commission project.

  • Hitting ISIS Where It Hurts: Disrupt Its Cash Flow in Iraq

    Aug 13, 2014

    President Obama's decision last week to conduct airstrikes against ISIS and send humanitarian aid will help buy time for both Iraqi and Kurdish forces to regroup. But Baghdad needs a strategy that aligns the political and economic interests of all Iraqis to hit ISIS where it hurts: its war chest.

  • Iraq's Lessons for Afghanistan

    Aug 4, 2014

    The successes of ISIS and other Sunni groups have raised important questions about the wisdom of America's decision to withdraw U.S. military forces from Iraq in 2011. They raise equally significant questions about the U.S. decision to exit Afghanistan in the future.