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    How Privately Owned Warships Are Combating Piracy and Terrorism

    In his new book, Private Anti-Piracy Navies, award-winning author John-Clark Levin explains how private security companies are combating and preventing piracy and maritime terrorism by protecting merchant ships with armed escort vessels. In 2008, Somalia saw a steep increase in piracy when merchant ships were hijacked and prisoners taken ransom … More

    Boko Haram Terrorists Are Now Officially Terrorists

    The U.S. Department of State has finally designated the Nigerian-based terrorist group Boko Haram and a splinter faction known as Ansaru as official foreign terrorist organizations (FTO). It’s about time. The Heritage Foundation has long been calling for the group’s official designation and warned about the alarming trends of religious … More

    An Opportunity for Greater U.S.-Nigeria Ties

    President Obama will meet with the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan tonight on the margins of the U.N General Assembly in New York. Counterterrorism and energy security should be at the top of the meeting’s discussion agenda, along with Nigeria’s greater economic integration within West Africa and the continent. The recent … More

    Boko Haram Leaders Captured

    The Nigerian military has captured top leaders of the terrorist group Boko Haram, according to local media reports. The capture comes after Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, declared a state of emergency in northeastern Nigeria on May 14. Boko Haram is reportedly responsible for the deaths of 3,000 people since 2010. … More

    Iran Steps Up Its Global Terrorism Campaign

    Senior Obama Administration officials held a background briefing on Friday in which they discussed the “alarming trend” of escalating Iranian support for terrorism. Two high-ranking officials, who remained anonymous under the ground rules of the briefing, warned that the tempo of Iran’s terrorist operations had risen to levels not seen … More

    Secretary Kerry Fumbles at the African Union

    Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria, was called a terrorist organization by Secretary of State John Kerry last week. At the 50th anniversary Summit for the African Union celebrations, Secretary Kerry referred to Boko Haram not as a “terrorist group” in typical State Department–approved terms but as an outright … More

    Keeping Judges Out of the Foreign Policy Arena

    This week, the Supreme Court issued a historic decision that will help prevent U.S. courts (and activist judges) from interfering in foreign policy issues that are—and should be—the constitutional prerogative of the executive and legislative branches. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum involved the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which was passed … More

    Central Al-Qaeda May Be Wounded but Terrorist Threat Remains

    On March 12 the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released a report on the “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.” The report stated the following: Senior personnel losses in 2012, amplifying losses and setbacks since 2008, have degraded core al-Qa’ida…. However, the group has held essentially the same … More

    Iran Nuclear Program Advances Amid Terrorism Reports

    Iran defiantly continues to expand its uranium enrichment program despite international sanctions and multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, according to a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran has begun installing advanced centrifuges that will increase the rate of enrichment and reduce the amount of time it needs to … More

    Islamist Threat Spreads from Mali into Nigeria, Threatening U.S. Energy Security

    French President Francois Hollande told reporters yesterday that Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group based in Nigeria, abducted a French family of seven, including four children, in northern Cameroon. Hollande noted the continuing role of France in the fight against Islamist radicals in Mali and said the French parents and … More