national security

September 12, 2014

As people who have been studying and, at times, directly involved in, counter terrorism efforts in the U.S. since 9/11, we have been disappointed in the over-hyped public reaction to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


August 11, 2014

Writing in the New York Times today, columnist Shmuel Rosner labeled non-Israeli liberal Jews that are becoming more estranged from modern day Israel, as “fair weather fans” that Israel both can and should ignore. He is dead wrong on both counts.


May 7, 2014

COL Ronald Clark, Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellow at the Sanford School, is researching reasons for the dearth of African American senior officers in the U.S. Army Infantry and Armor branches. Calling the imbalance a “tyranny in numbers,” Clark hopes his research can lead to significant reforms.


April 14, 2014

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, many commentators and public officials called this tragedy a harbinger of more homegrown terrorist attacks to come.


April 7, 2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno will discuss national security and military affairs Friday, April 11, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The talk takes place at 11:30 a.m. in Sanford 04 and is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Science Drive lot  and Bryan Center parking deck.


March 17, 2014

It is too early to tell exactly what has transpired between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA regarding the Committee's investigation of the post-9/11 CIA interrogation program for captured al Qaeda terrorists. But this episode is just another in a long series of repercussions from this program that leaves a tornado-like trail of destruction through whichever institutions it travels.


March 17, 2014

How much should the United States do to promote the advance of democracy abroad? This timeless question has received renewed attention during the Obama years. Political upheavals in Iran in 2009, the Arab world beginning in 2011, and now in Ukraine have compelled American observers to assess the prospects for democratization in these countries, and they have reopened a longstanding debate about what role the United States might play in strengthening or encouraging that process.


March 7, 2014

The former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said it's time for the United States to reduce its presence in the country but added there are important reasons why a small military force will be needed for some time to come.


February 10, 2014

Sixteen Muslim-Americans were charged with violent terrorism offenses in 2013, including Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his deceased brother, Tamerlan, according to a new report by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security affiliated with Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International.