National Security Research Division

  • What Should Trump Do About Gitmo?

    The new administration has options to deal with the detention facility established 15 years ago at Guantánamo Bay. It could maintain the status quo, make improvements to speed the trials, close the facility and relocate the remaining inmates, or accept new detainees.

  • The Art of (Cyber)War

    Senior Scientist Cynthia Dion-Schwarz participated in NPR's January 9th "1A" show, the successor to the Diane Rehm show. Dion-Schwarz was one of four guests who discussed "The Art of (Cyber)War." Other guests included Sen. Mike Rounds, U.S. senator from South Dakota (R); Laura Galante, director of global intelligence, FireEye: a cyber security company; and David Rothkopf, CEO and editor, FP group, which publishes Foreign Policy Magazine.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • The Wrong Terrorism Narrative

    Jan 15, 2017

    Solving the problem of homegrown terrorism in the U.S. requires understanding the true nature of the complex problem of violent extremism. With such knowledge, authorities and communities will be better able to develop strategies to prevent the next tragic terrorist killing.

  • Kelly as DHS Chief Should Focus on Improving Employee Morale

    Jan 13, 2017

    Building the morale of the Department of Homeland Security workforce should be a priority of the incoming leadership team. Strong communication with career employees, team building, and demonstrating respect for work that has already been done is needed.

  • Iran at Putin's Mercy

    Jan 12, 2017

    Russia and Iran have forged an unprecedented, but fragile alliance in the Middle East. But there is no guarantee that Putin will not sell Iran out if he manages to forge better relations with the United States under Trump.

  • Hey Washington Experts — Don't Roll Your Eyes Over Trump, Roll Up Your Sleeves

    Jan 12, 2017

    Policy experts do not want to be irrelevant or ignored. The Trump administration does not want to fail, and needs to generate winning policies. By working together, the administration and the policy community could help one another, and, more importantly, the nation.

  • Mali's Persistent Jihadist Problem

    Jan 12, 2017

    The 2013 French intervention in Mali averted an al Qaeda-backed thrust toward the capital of Bamako and reduced the threat from other jihadist groups. To ensure a new threat does not materialize in Mali, France will need staying power and support from its European partners and the U.S.

  • Trump Should Confront Kim Over ICBM Tests

    Jan 6, 2017

    Whether successful or not, an ICBM test by North Korea would be very much against U.S. interests and President-elect Trump should act to counter it as early as possible. A turn to the basics of deterrence would be the path most likely to succeed, writes alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

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