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We Are Still at War, and the Costs Remain High for Some

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

"Years of mounting civilian deaths, with little acknowledgment, apology or recourse, have directly undermined our efforts to fight terrorism," writes Senior Fellow Elizabeth Shackelford.

smoke with children in foreground
REUTERS
US Foreign Policy

20 Years Later: 9/11 In The Public Memory

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Running Numbers by Coauthors

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, new polling finds that Americans still see international terrorism as a critical threat.

Water showing skyscrapers in reflecting pool of at the 9/11 memorial in NYC.
Reuters
Public Opinion

Support for Taiwan Among US Public Increases: Poll

In the News
Taiwan Plus
Craig Kafura

New polls find that 52 percent of Americans now favor sending US troops to defend Taiwan if China invades. Craig Kafura talks to Taiwan Plus about what this means.

Screenshot of Craig Kafura speaking with Yin Khvat on Taiwan Plus.
Taiwan Plus
Public Opinion

Food Security and Climate Mitigation as Counterinsurgency

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Global Food for Thought by Julia Whiting

If left unmitigated, hunger- and climate change-induced suffering in both Afghanistan and Haiti will likely exacerbate current political instability and conflict.

Afghan woman receives a box of food.
Reuters
Food and Agriculture

The End of America's Longest War

In the News
WGN Chicago
Ivo H. Daalder

Council President Ivo Daalder discusses the end of the war in Afghanistan with WGN's Paul Lisnek.

WGN-9 Chicago
US Foreign Policy

Best Laid Plans: Council President on Afghanistan

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Global Insight by Ivo H. Daalder

Council President Ivo Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, shares his perspective.

Soldiers in Afghanistan viewed from inside plane.
Reuters
US Foreign Policy

Counterinsurgency's Failures, from Afghanistan to Vietnam

Podcast
Deep Dish Podcast

Winning hearts and minds doesn't defeat insurgent groups, author Jacqueline Hazelton argues. So why does the United States still rely on counterinsurgency?

Bombs in Afghanistan
REUTERS
US Foreign Policy

Pakistan's Taliban Gamble

Podcast
Deep Dish Podcast

Pakistan's military leaders lauded the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan this week. But will Pakistan's domestic threats—from a shaky economy to a rise in domestic terrorism—threaten the country's stability as a result of new leadership next door?

The border between Pakistan and Afghanistan
REUTERS
Global Politics

Bipartisan Bill Could End Our Casual Relationship with War

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

The Council's Elizabeth Shackelford explains how a new bipartisan bill could renew Congressional war powers and reign in presidential power to engage the United States in conflict.

US soldiers in Afghanistan
US Department of Defense
Defense and Security

Why the US Should Withdraw Its Troops from Korea

In the News
Responsible Statecraft
Ethan Kessler

Nearly seven decades after the armistice, the status quo on the Peninsula does not serve American interests, the Council's Ethan Kessler argues.

REUTERS
REUTERS
Defense and Security