Why the Fall of the ‘Caliphate’ in Syria Will Not Ease Western Security Concerns

By: Antonia Ward, Columnist Photo Credit: SBS Australia In October, Iraqi, Syrian, and coalition forces celebrated the fall of Raqqa, one of the most important, and final, areas under ISIS control.[i] However, despite this significant loss of territory in the self-proclaimed ‘caliphate,’ ISIS has proven remarkably adaptable and resilient. ISIS could continue to present a … Continue reading Why the Fall of the ‘Caliphate’ in Syria Will Not Ease Western Security Concerns

Hawalas’ Role in the Financial War on Terrorism

By: Kailey Pickitt, Guest Contributor Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times After the attacks on September 11, 2001, President Bush declared that the United States would destroy al-Qa’ida using “every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, and every financial influence;”[i] the last of these largely determines the success of a … Continue reading Hawalas’ Role in the Financial War on Terrorism

Rethinking US Missile Defense in Times of Diplomatic Madness

By: Benedikt Meng, Guest Contributor Photo Credit: US Army Gone are the days of the post-Cold War ‘American Hyperpower’ which dominated global economic and strategic security in a world of relatively stable nuclear security. While the Cold War world presented an uneasy nuclear balance resting on the actions of two superpowers, today’s nuclear environment is … Continue reading Rethinking US Missile Defense in Times of Diplomatic Madness

Former CIA and NSA Director, General Michael Hayden, Discusses Shifts in Global Security

By: Tiffany Classie L. Williams, Reporter Photo Credit: Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) kicked-off the first of its Rethinking Seminar Series on Thursday, September 28, 2017 with retired US Air Force General Michael Hayden as the featured speaker. This year’s series, entitled “Rethinking Future Environments and Strategic Challenges,” is … Continue reading Former CIA and NSA Director, General Michael Hayden, Discusses Shifts in Global Security

Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies Hosts Kalaris Intelligence Conference

By: Donnie Hill, Reporter Photo Credit: Georgetown University The Center for Security Studies (CSS), in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), hosted the George T. Kalaris Intelligence Conference on September 14th, 2017 in Gaston Hall. This year’s theme, Global Intelligence Trends: Embracing Paradigm Shifts, drew a diverse group of professionals from government and the … Continue reading Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies Hosts Kalaris Intelligence Conference

Optimizing the ‘Maximum Pressure’ Campaign Against North Korea

By: Doug Livermore, Columnist Photo Credit: Scientific American As North Korea continues to defy the United Nations by developing a reckless and provocative nuclear weapons program, the Trump administration announced a “maximum pressure” strategy to try and change the isolated nation’s course.[i] To date, international approaches to curbing North Korea’s misbehavior have focused on economic … Continue reading Optimizing the ‘Maximum Pressure’ Campaign Against North Korea

Confronting Information As a Weapon

By: Andrew Swick, Columnist Photo Credit: NATO The 2017 Kalaris Intelligence Conference, hosted on September 14 by Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, highlighted one of the most pressing yet underestimated dilemmas faced by the United States— the threat of information as a weapon in itself. From ISIS’ use … Continue reading Confronting Information As a Weapon

Faculty Interview Series: An Interview with Dr. James Bruce, SSP Adjunct Professor

By: John Woog, Reporter Photo Credit: Dr. James Bruce Dr. James Bruce is an Adjunct Professor in the Georgetown University Security Studies Program. Dr. Bruce has a long and distinguished career in public service and government, beginning with service in the US Navy. During his 24-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, Dr. Bruce held … Continue reading Faculty Interview Series: An Interview with Dr. James Bruce, SSP Adjunct Professor

Turning a Blind Eye to Chemical Weapons: Will Anyone Investigate What Happened in Darfur?

By: Farnaz Alimehri, Columnist Photo Credit: Amnesty International In the past decade, there has been a disturbing increase in the use of chemical weapons by states and non-state actors alike. While the international community and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have been prompt to act and condemn the use of chemical weapons … Continue reading Turning a Blind Eye to Chemical Weapons: Will Anyone Investigate What Happened in Darfur?

The Case for Preventive Arms Control

By: Paul Kumst, Columnist Photo Credit: United Nations In 1995, the United Nations (UN) adopted Protocol IV of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) to prohibit the deployment of permanently blinding laser weapons. What makes this protocol unique is its preventive character. Despite their availability to some military forces, no such weapons had … Continue reading The Case for Preventive Arms Control