This article discusses the adoption of a United Nations resolution designed to prevent and disrupt the flow of weapons to terrorist networks and the methods to do so.
The article states that Trump decided to cancel the covert program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels after weapons ended up in the hands of Al-Qaeda fighters.
This article discusses a push by both Defense and State Department officials to arm Ukrainian troops with lethal aid to counter Russian-backed separatists fighting for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic.
This article discusses a new study that states that the U.S.-backed Afghan government could compel the Taliban to pursue peace once they regain control of at least 80% of Afghan districts.
This blog discusses why Kabul and Washington must rethink their current strategy and address inherent problems in their approach to building the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
This piece takes a look at the various types and amounts of US provided equipment that has found its way from the Afghan military to the Taliban over the last 16 years of war.

Sixteen Years After 9/11: Assessing the Terrorist Threat

Sixteen years have passed since the attacks of 9/11, and three presidents have now wrestled with calibrating an effective American response to the threat of jihadist terrorism. Where does the terrorist threat stand today? How effective has the Trump administration been in confronting the threat? What will the threat look like tomorrow? 

To address these questions, New America welcomes Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and CEO of Valens Global, a private firm focused on the challenge posed by violent non-state actors; Joshua Geltzer, a fellow in New America's International Security program, who served from 2015 to 2017 as senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as deputy legal advisor to the National Security Council and as counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice; and Nadia Oweidat, a Middle East fellow at New America, who holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford, and who is currently working on a book on social media and positive change among Arabic speakers. 

This event will be livestreamed here. Follow the discussion online using #16YearsAfter and following @NewAmericaISP

 

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Reddit AMA: Artificial Intelligence and Global Security

CNAS experts Paul Scharre and Gregory Allen host a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on artificial intelligence and global security. The subreddit r/artificial will moderate the AMA on Wednesday, August 23 at 12:30pm EDT. Submit questions and follow along on Reddit, or watch Paul and Greg answer questions via Google Hangout.

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Oil Corruption: How the United States Can Counteract a Curse

The oil industry has been entangled in serious corruption controversies, from the legality of some companies’ stance on climate change to dealings with producer-country governments. In response, the U.S. government has shown leadership over the past decade in helping bring more transparency to the sector. What are the dimensions of this problem? What is the status of the U.S. commitment?

Please join Carnegie and Global Witness for an engaging discussion of new findings by Global Witness on Shell’s activities in Nigeria, why corruption in this key economic sector matters, and how the U.S. government—and companies—can be part of the solution.

 
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Cyber Risk Wednesday: DEF CON to DC

In July, top hackers, academics, journalists, professionals, and government representatives will flock to Las Vegas for this year's round of cybersecurity conferences. During this "Hacker Summer Camp," DC Twitter feeds will flood with the events' findings, which will undoubtedly have powerful implications for national and international cybersecurity policy. There will be a sizeable gap, though, between hackers' technical solutions and policymakers' ability to directly translate them into broader outcomes.

This Cyber Risk Wednesday, the Cyber Statecraft Initiative will break down the issues with the help of benevolent hackers. The panel will bridge the gap between Las Vegas and Washington, providing a layer of translation for policymakers to understand the significance, urgency, and response options to the flood of technical information coming from DEF CON, Black Hat, and BSides Las Vegas. Stay tuned for speakers!

 
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