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The threat of terrorism has not been defeated, nor can it ever be entirely eliminated. But have military interventions prevented acts of terrorism or, conversely, fueled them? 19 years after 9/11, two things are clear: The U.S. will not be able to defeat jihadist terrorist threats “over there” as long as U.S. interventions inflame civil conflicts and inadvertently contributes to the dysfunctions of the host government. Secondly, the fact that the US has only been successfully attacked by a foreign jihadist once since 9/11 is mainly due to investments in domestic defenses rather than U.S. foreign operations within the Global War on Terror.
In a new Quincy Paper titled “Winding down the War on Terror,” Steven Simon and Richard Sokolsky address these issues and demonstrate why and how the war on terror finally can come to an end.
To explore the issues, Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law, and Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding joined Steven Simon in a Quincy webinar moderated by New York Times national security correspondent Eric Schmitt from 12noon-1pm EST on June 11, 2020.