Barak Mendelsohn

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Policymakers and terrorism scholars are debating whether al-Qaida or Islamic State is the more dangerous threat to the United States and the West. After the various bombings and attacks across the West, many experts insist Islamic State is the more serious problem. That is a mistake. Al-Qaida presents the gravest long-term problem to the West.

Al-Qaida’s ruthlessly pragmatic approach has placed it in a far better position to achieve its strategic objectives. It has proved more effective in taking advantage of U.S. policy in the Middle East, primarily in Syria, to legitimize itself as an armed force and, increasingly, as a viable political player.…  Seguir leyendo »

Over a week after ISIS took over Mosul and started advancing toward Baghdad, President Obama has articulated the view of the United States on the situation in Iraq and the actions it will pursue. The plan is sensible. It captures well the complexity of the situation and what must happen for peace to be restored.

It is also unlikely to bring meaningful results, precisely because the conditions for success are unlikely to be met.

The President is facing growing criticism over the deterioration of the situation in Iraq and the emergence of a radical jihadi state in large parts of Iraq and Syria.…  Seguir leyendo »