Policy Puzzles
Are We Losing the New War on Terror?

Changes in the threat posed by jihadi extremism are challenging our ability to adapt.

Appeared in: Volume 9, Number 4 | Published on: March 3, 2014
John McLaughlin is distinguished practitioner-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was Deputy Director and Acting Director of the CIA from 2000–04.
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  • mc

    This is a good analysis but I disagree with the notion that only a few states in the region exercise control over all national territory. The standard is set too high: a one-off raid or a hit and run insurgency are forms of disorder that any state might be forced to confront. The test is whether there are areas in which the state cannot operate. Only a few of the states of the region fail it. One might argue that that there are many areas in which the state’s writ is extremely weak, but that has been true of desert and mountain areas since the invention of the state millennia ago.

  • Jim__L

    We had a whole lot better luck bringing other countries on board in the 50’s and early 60’s, back when we had a more wholesome image in the world.

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