Transnational criminal organizations continued to pose a more significant threat to the region than terrorism, and most countries made efforts to investigate possible connections with terrorist organizations.
Conclusion Takeaways To address terrorism effectively, policymakers should embrace a tough and smart four-part framework to protect the United States from terrorists and defeat ISIS: Prevent the immediate threat—protect the homeland and disrupt potential terrorist attacks.
Prevent radicalization in the U. The Republican nominee Donald Trump advocates policies contrary to American values by threatening indiscriminate bombing and bans on Muslim immigrants.
Policymakers should embrace a tough and smart approach to defeating ISIS. They must show their strategy will eliminate the threat of terrorism without going too far and putting the United States on a long-term war footing. They should be clear about their four-part strategy to stop terrorists at home and abroad, right now and in the future.
To address this threat in the near-term, the United States must protect our communities, prevent terrorists from entering our country, and keep guns out of terrorist hands. Protect Communities Our local agencies need to be fully prepared, trained, coordinated, and funded to protect Americans against ISIS and other terrorist threats on the homeland.
Department of Homeland Security is on the frontlines at the federal level, protecting Americans from these threats, and will require increased funding as the threat continues.
The Department must work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, the intelligence community, and the National Counterterrorism Center to ensure all levels of first responders and agents have the information and training necessary to prevent and respond to a terrorist attack on U.
Congress will need to continue providing increased funding to these agencies to make sure the U. Conference of Mayors and the National Governors Association should establish a joint task force on counterterrorism that works with the federal government to address gaps in security. This would allow local leaders and the U.
Department of Homeland Security to share best practices in strengthening communities, identify and address shortfalls in funding and training, enhance training of local law enforcement, and further develop federal-city relationships.
These measures taken together will enable our local agencies to avert an attack while preparing for the worst. This short-term plan will lessen the immediate threat that ISIS and other terrorists pose to Americans on the homeland. Stop Terrorists from Entering the U. Until recently, the Visa Waiver Program allowed citizens of 38 participating countries to enter the United States without a visa.
The Administration worked with Congress to fix this vulnerability, changing the program to require that any citizen of a participating country who is also a citizen of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen must now apply for a visa before traveling to the United States.
These applicants will undergo an interview, fingerprinting, and screening by the U. State Department to determine if they should be allowed to enter the United States. In addition, there are now tighter information-sharing requirements between the U.
Changing this program was essential, adding another layer in travel regulations to prevent potential terrorists from reaching our shores. Early media reports suggested that Syrian refugees were involved in the Paris attacks, and although this was not confirmed, it sparked a debate in the United States to ban the entry of refugees.
For the United States, applicants go through the most thorough and stringent vetting, with an 18 to 24 month screening process before arriving to the country. Syrian refugees in particular go through a heightened level of screening.
A year after they arrive to the U.
The Administration has ordered a review of the K-1 visa program at the U. Homeland Security and State Departments to address gaps in this program.
In addition, the U. Department of Homeland Security should send agents to countries at high-risk of terrorist activity to provide advanced screening of visa applicants. Increased information-sharing between intelligence agencies will give countries a better grasp of the foreign terrorist fighter problem, their movements, and how to stop them from entering the United States.CT Overview: United States.
Nations: CT Overviews, Research Papers. Author: Michael Robillard US counter-terrorism strategy shifted along with the terrorism threat picture. While the Bush administration’s counter-terrorism strategy will likely be most remembered for its emphasis on boots on the ground and detention, the Obama.
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Domestic Terrorism: An Overview Congressional Research Service Summary The emphasis of counterterrorism policy in the United States since Al Qaeda’s attacks of. Aug 13, · Terrorism Threat Assessment Featured In light of the global increase in the number and lethality of terrorist attacks, it has become imperative that nations, states, and private citizens become more involved in a strategic vision to recognize, prepare for, and — if possible — prevent such events.
Nov 14, · American jihadists are made in the United States, not imported. Homegrown terrorists have accounted for most of the jihadist activity in the U.S.
since 9/11, with most of those who carried out or plotted terrorist attacks either born in the U.S. or arriving as children. The United States is coordinating closely with a number of like-minded nations and partners to prevent Syria’s stockpiles of chemical and advanced conventional weapons from falling into the hands of violent extremists.