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Counterterrorism work in the United States looks to be undergoing a fundamental change as the administration reduces its concentration on al-Qaeda. This focus has been maintained since the 2001 terror attacks on the American mainland and led to the capture and death of al-Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden. The question is whether the transformation reflects a shift in...
Dr. James Jay Carafano
Barack Obama’s new CIA boss has given few clues about the agency’s future under his control, but there are hints of changes in the controversial US armed drones policy and of a switch in emphasis following what is seen in Washington as a successful campaign against al-Qaeda. Any change in direction, though, is likely to be gradual.
US President Barack Obama may have mapped out his foreign policy for his second term in office, but his choice for a new national security cabinet has left many wondering whether he has produced a team which will tackle new global problems with a united vision – or end up as rivals leaving the president to manage internal fall out and squabbles. This report looks a...