During the Cold War, Ronald Reagan criticized the policy of "containment" toward the Soviet Union on the grounds that it was defensive and reactive and not designed to win the superpower competition...
The Hoover Institution is pleased to announce the fourth issue of Strategika. This issue asks a significant, but often ignored question: What do the jihadists want? Max Boot analyzes the history of jihadism in Chechnya beginning in the 19th century, and elucidates the lessons we can learn from this historical example. In the featured commentary essays, Josef Joffe examines the contradictions in the stated aims of jihadi terrorism, while Peter R. Mansoor explores the activities of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
To succeed in the war on terror, Philip Bobbitt insists, the West needs an entirely new conceptual framework.
By Peter Robinson.
One of the quirks of modern telecommunications is that a message from, say, Peshawar, Pakistan, to Beirut, Lebanon, might easily travel over a fiber-optic cable that passes through the United States...
Technology and terrorism have changed. Laws on intercepts need to change, too. By Bruce Berkowitz.
The attacks of September 11 made it clear that our intelligence organizations were too slow and inflexible to deal with the threat of international terrorism. Two years later, they still are. By Bruce Berkowitz.
How can we reform our dysfunctional national security system? By letting the White House call the shots. By Bruce Berkowitz and Kori Schake.
Editor’s note: The following is the text of a letter sent by the Committee on the Present Danger to President Obama, members of the Senate and members of the House regarding critical changes to America’s missile defense that will likely threaten American safety and security. . . .
We've had a full week now to adjust ourselves to the knowledge that the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee deemed President Barack Obama worthy of a Peace Prize...
Professor Philip Bobbitt describes the “wars of the 21st Century” as wars against terror — against modern market-state terrorism, against the distribution and assimilation of weapons of mass destruction, and against the forces that create human catastrophes, such as genocide and ethnic cleansing...
Writing in his new book World War IV, Norman Podhoretz asserts that “the great struggle into which the United States was plunged by 9/11 can only be understood if we think of it as World War IV.” (34:37) Video transcript
As my Foreign Policy colleagues Kori Schake and Peter Feaver have written recently, such partisan endorsements by former military officials are growing more frequent, and risk turning the military into even more of a political football than it already is. "Such political endorsements contribute to toxic civil-military relations," writes Feaver. They "damage ... the norm of a non-partisan military that has served our country well."
Bruce Berkowitz on the challenges the U.S. intelligence community faces in the war on terror.
Are our intelligence agencies up to the task of preventing another September 11? Not necessarily. By Hoover fellow Bruce Berkowitz.
The Justice Department’s attempt to break up Microsoft is not only misguided on economic grounds—it could actually put our national security at risk. By Hoover fellow Bruce Berkowitz.
Hoover fellow Bruce Berkowitz on the new face of American warfare.
Recorded on July 16, 2015 - Hoover fellows Charles Hill and James Mattis discuss the Iran deal and the state of the world on Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson. In their view the United States has handed over its leading role to Iran and provided a dowry along with it.
The Hoover Institution and CISAC have joined forces to address whether information systems may be protected more effectively through international cooperation than efforts by individual states presently permit.
The government needs to adopt policies that let U.S. companies remain predominant in the global information economy.
The smallpox decision is the kind of complex national security calculation we can expect more of.