International Security Studies
Relationship-building techniques helped U.S. interrogators obtain the intelligence that led to the June 2006 airstrike on Al Qaeda leader Abu Zusab al Zarqawi's safehouse in Iraq. Matthew Alexander, former Air Force Criminal Investigator, discusses his experience and his book, How to Break a Terrorist.
From the Los Alamos National Laboratory to meetings in Moscow, former weapons designer Stephen M. Younger has witnessed firsthand the making of nuclear policy. He traces nuclear history from the Manhattan Project to present day in his new book, The Bomb: A New History.
In this interview, Counterterrorism expert Philip Mudd describes the ability of the US to identify and respond to emerging global threats such as terrorism, drug cartels, and human trafficking. Are we safer today and what is the US national security narrative in the age of globalization?
Conventional wisdom about the 3/11 attacks is that it was a local, isolated terrorist cell at work. But the character of the attacks suggest Islamic jihadist terrorists as more likely perpetrators, explained Fernando Reinares, director of the Program on Global Terrorism in Madrid's Elcano Royal Institute.