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Afghanistan

Principles for an Afghanistan Strategy

Report 18 February 2009
As the Obama Administration begins a 60-day review of its Afghanistan strategy, a diverse group of progressive experts in development, counter-terrorism, regional politics and US politics came together to advise NSN on a set of principles that might guide both the Administration in building a new strategy and advocates in Congress, the media and the public in judging a proposed strategy.
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Terrorism & National Security

Bush Administration Rewrites Failed Terrorism Legacy

Report 15 January 2009
This evening President Bush will give a farewell address to the nation in which he will undoubtedly claim that thanks to his national security policies America has not been hit by a terrorist attack since 9/11.  But while our law enforcement agencies and military work to protect Americans from attack, President Bush leaves behind a legacy of failure. The Bush Administration has succeeded in overinflating the terrorist threat at home and utterly discrediting it abroad. 
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Terrorism & National Security

Bush Administration Rewrites Failed Terrorism Legacy

Press Release Washington, D.C. 15 January 2009
Terrorism & National Security

"So What?" – The Failed Counterterrorism Policy of George W. Bush

Report 17 December 2008
Today, President Bush is giving a speech at the Army War College touting his legacy by arguing that there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11. Vice President Cheney has echoed the same sentiments recently in an interview with ABC. Sadly, this argument ignores the obvious fact that the administration ignored warnings from terrorism experts such as Richard Clarke in the run up to 9/11 and did not make al Qaeda a top priority.
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This Week Confirms an Undeniable Legacy of Failure

Press Release Washington, D.C. 12 December 2008
Terrorism & National Security

Bush Detainee Policy in Disarray

Report 10 December 2008
After seven years of the “War on Terror,” the administration’s military commissions system has managed only to convict three low-level al Qaeda functionaries, two of whom have already been sent home. Now the military tribunals have become even more of a farce. This week it was revealed that the five defendants – including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the alleged mastermind of the 9-11 attacks – intended to plead guilty.
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Pakistan

Terror Plagues an Entire Region

Report 5 December 2008
It has become increasingly clear that many of the terrorists involved in last week's Mumbai attacks came from Pakistan and belonged to the Kashmir-focused terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). While it seems unlikely that there was any official knowledge or connection between the Pakistani government and these specific attacks, Pakistan does bear significant responsibility.
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Terrorism & National Security

World Watches as Terrorism Strikes Mumbai

Report 2 December 2008
The tragic terrorist attacks in Mumbai India – the cosmopolitan hub of an ethnically diverse liberal democracy – are a challenge to us all. The terrorists who carried out the attack exploited the openness made available by a democratic society to kill and injury hundreds of innocent people.
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Iraq

Negotiations on Security Agreement Present New Pitfalls and Opportunities

Report 26 November 2008
Today, the Iraqi Parliament postponed a scheduled vote on the U.S.-Iraq Security agreement. In order to get broad support in Parliament for the security agreement, Maliki and his allies appear to have given into a Sunni demand to hold a national referendum on the agreement in 2009.
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