ISIS is a violent, non-state actor and like any group, it has strengths and weaknesses. To assess the threat and formulate a strategy to defeat it, it would helpful to be clear about those strengths and weakness are.
Jim Walsh teaches at MIT, focusing on international security. He has traveled to both Iran and North Korea for talks with government officials.
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A metaphor can be a dangerous thing. It can even kill.
Terrorism authority Jim Walsh on what it’s like when your professional expertise infiltrates your personal space.
There is no doubt that Russia is in the wrong, but acting on justified moral offense rather than clear eyed strategic interest is more likely to increase the price we all pay.
A new report from the U.N. accuses North Korea’s communist regime of “crimes against humanity.” Jim Walsh draws a parallel between that — and an 84-year-old anti-nuclear activist nun in Knoxville, Tenn.
When countries are in the grips of internal struggles for power, it is often best to back off and let it play out rather than force a showdown.
A deal has been reached between six world powers and Iran that calls on Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
Two major obstacles face the Obama administration as it seeks support for military intervention in Syria.
With Sec. of State John Kerry calling Syria’s use of chemical weapons “undeniable,” U.S. military strikes appear imminent. Less clear is how we got here, or where we are going.
While it is useful to be reminded that al-Qaida and the challenge of terrorism remains, it would be a mistake to make the threat greater than it is.
If Egypt cannot find its way to compromise, today’s smiling protesters will soon lament what their country has become.
Boston is not the biggest city in America; it is not the most politically powerful. But it has an inner determination and power that only the foolish ignore.
After taking in last week’s ruminations about the somber anniversary, a few things stand out about the war and its lessons for the future.
After two years of civil war and more than 40,000 deaths, fears are growing in the West that Syria will unleash chemical weapons in a last-ditch act of desperation.
A recently declassified CIA report sheds new light on the misjudgments that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Most startling, says international security expert Jim Walsh, are the eerie similarities to the current situation in Iran.
Jim Walsh says it is time to pay attention to what’s happening Syria, very close attention.