The Critical Threats Project is an AEI initiative dedicated to tracking and analyzing key and emerging national security threats to the United States in order to inform the policy debate. Directed by resident scholar Frederick W. Kagan, the project primarily focuses on the threats posed by Iran and al Qaeda and associated movements in Pakistan and the Gulf of Aden. Visit The Critical Threats Project and Iran Tracker sites or engage here for more:
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Understanding which groups contribute to the al Qaeda network and how they operate within that network will better enable American policymakers and decision makers to develop a comprehensive strategy to defeat al Qaeda. Absent that understanding, the US will continue to engage in a tactical battle that promises only occasional battleground victories, but no real prospect of winning the war.
Reasonable people can disagree about the extent to which President Obama's proposed "limited strike" will secure American interests, but not about whether the interests are real or vital.
The dearth of coverage of one the Islamic Republic's most powerful and revered security officials discussing critical and timely events is highly unusual.
If trends of corruption and insubordination continue to accelerate in the Yemeni military, they could risk knocking out a vital pillar of U.S. counterterrorism strategy.
Analyzing the patterns and nuances of the IRGC's public statements provides critical insight into the way some of Iran’s decision-makers are thinking about their security challenges and their own strategies.