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Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation to pursue political aims. Stimson experts analyze ways non-state actors use terrorism as a tool and propose innovative responses to counter this threat.

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Current Research

November 17, 2015 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

World leaders from the 20 top economies as well as observer states met Sunday and Monday in southern Turkey for the annual G-20 summit. The gathering had been set to focus on an ambitious agenda to promote inclusive economic growth and global trade and investment. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

Did you know that when you “google” something you only access a fraction of the World Wide Web? Indeed, commercial search engines only scratch the surface, about 5 percent, of the web. The rest of the virtual world, called the deep web, is largely inaccessible to the average Joe and consists of databases, emails, social media and chat forums. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

The Stimson Center will release a new collection of essays in April, Deterrence Instability and Nuclear Weapons in South Asia. One of these essays, "Pakistan's Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Operational Myths and Realities," by Jeffrey D. McCausland, is being released early to whet the appetite of readers. READ MORE

January 16, 2015 | EXPERT: Geneive Abdo

In Stimson's continuing series on the Escalating Shi'a-Sunni confilct, held by our Middle East program, discussions have included the role of state actors, contrasting the influence of religion and politics, and assessing the control of ISIS. READ MORE

December 10, 2014 | EXPERT: Debra Decker

The Terrorism Risk Insurance program, set to expire this year, needs to get more than a holiday ride into an extension; any bill should include a requirement to consider more broadly the government’s role in insurance against catastrophic risks.  READ MORE

September 10, 2014 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

In recent years, the rising terrorist threat in Africa has become an increasing concern for the region and the international community. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

The Stimson Centre's recent report on drones was thorough, extraordinarily comprehensive and balanced. Even so, there are two potential shortcomings if one approaches the findings from a South Asia viewpoint - the first is the evolving notion of state sovereignty, the second is the slippery slope of drone proliferation. READ MORE

August 8, 2014 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

The White House is hosting a major summit of African leaders this week. Elected and unelected heads of state and officials from nearly 50 African countries are in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of the U.S. relationship with Africa. READ MORE

February 5, 2014

Tens of thousands of people in fear for their lives are sheltering inside six United Nations bases in the world's youngest country, South Sudan. They have fled to these "safe havens" to escape the violence of a civil war that has been tearing apart their country since mid-December. Swift and decisive United Nations action is needed to protect civilians from further suffering and bloodshed. READ MORE

February 3, 2014 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

There is a new threat in the terrorist hotbed of Africa, and the U.S. military can do much more to combat it. Poaching of endangered elephants and rhinos has become a conservation crisis, and profits from wildlife crimes are filling the coffers of terrorist organizations. The twin crises should be cause for alarm for military leaders, not just conservation groups. They need to start working together before it is too late. READ MORE

December 27, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay , EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

By Johanna Mendelson Forman and Brian Finlay -- In the 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, by President George H.W. READ MORE

December 12, 2013 | EXPERT: David Smith , STAFF: Julia Thompson , EXPERT: Michael Krepon

India and Pakistan have developed and flight tested seventeen new nuclear weapon delivery vehicles since testing nuclear devices in 1998 - an average of more than one per year.  Military doctrines have also evolved to emphasize more rapid mobilization to engage in limited conventional warfare. READ MORE

September 26, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay , EXPERT: Nate Olson

There is urgent need for a "new normal" in public-private relationships on security issues. This report aims to kick-start a new dialogue on making that a reality. READ MORE

May 15, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay

A discussion with Brian Michael Jenkins about his new book, "When Armies Divide: The Security of Nuclear Arsenals During Revolts, Coups and Civil Wars." READ MORE

April 25, 2013 | EXPERT: Geneive Abdo

Since the Boston terror attacks, an all-too-familiar mantra has re-emerged: American Muslims need more policing and increased surveillance. This demand, encouraged by U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and many others, stems from a lack of understanding of the complexities of Muslim communities here and elsewhere. READ MORE

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