By Farah Pandith, NSI Advisory Board member

Recent years have revealed a scary, dangerous new era in which children have been taught to hate, are recruiting others and are plotting terrorist attacks. While several schemes conceived by young far-right extremists were thwarted, the future may be bleaker. We have missed emerging trends in the past; counterterrorism professionals must urgently renew their vigilance — and implement new countermeasures — over the radicalization of young people in the West and beyond.

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This article was written by NSI Advisory Board member Farah Pandith and originally appeared in NBC News on March 22, 2021.


Cuba is currently experiencing its largest anti-government demonstrations since 1994, fueled by disdain for the authoritarian government, widespread poverty, and mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Les, Mike, Grant, and first time guests Fred Turner, former Chief of Staff to Bob Menendez, and Carrie Filipetti, Executive Director of the Vandenberg Coalition, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cuba and Venezuela, and the Deputy Special Representative for Venezuela at the U.S. State Department, discuss protests and unrest in Cuba and the most recent string of cyberattacks. Is the Biden Administration doing enough to show support for Cuba? How can social media be used creatively against authoritarian regimes? What impact could the Microsoft Exchange hack have on U.S.-China relations? These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines!


By Paul Wolfowitz, NSI Advisory Board member, and Bill Drexel

Tunisia and Indonesia, two of the world’s leading Muslim-majority democracies, are facing devastating outbreaks of Covid. They’re being pummeled by the delta variant and left defenseless due to a scarcity of reliable vaccines. They need American help urgently, and it would serve our own interests to provide it.

At a time when America’s reputation among Arabs and Muslims more broadly is often associated with selling weapons and propping up dictators, the American government and private philanthropists have a unique opportunity to save lives and put our money where our values…


In a world that is always changing, NSI experts offer insight on critical stories in the news. Please continue reading for their take on the most important breaking stories.

Dmitri Alperovtich, NSI Advisory Board Member, on mounting pressure for the Biden administration to act on Russian cyber attacks

“Ransomware has become a tipping point for the U.S. We believe the Russian government is well aware of where these groups are and who they are. We need very tough talks with Russia on this issue, we have to put a stop to it.” …


By Joshua Huminski, NSI Visiting Fellow

The spy thriller genre is a curiously mixed bag. On the one end of the spectrum are cheap thrillers where heroes and heroines in implausible scenarios single-handedly take down a generic “baddie” often without the help of any agency or organization (who may in fact be part of the conspiracy, mind you). Tailor made for repeated adventures, these one (wo)man armies survive repeated brushes with death, have an encyclopedic knowledge of martial arts, weapons, and everything else under the sun, and often spout painfully bad one-liners. Strikingly, for spies, they have very little command…


By Brent McIntosh, NSI Advisory Board member, and Ashok Pinto

In New Hampshire’s White Mountains 77 years ago, the leaders of 44 nations met to chart the course of the international monetary system. At what became known as the Bretton Woods Conference, the United States played a pivotal role in the creation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Now, with the world reeling from wave after wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, robust U.S. leadership at these international financial institutions is more important than ever. Washington is the largest contributor to these institutions and their largest shareholder…


By Jamil Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute

This week’s decision by the Biden Administration to once again call out China for its brazen hacking attempts against the American government and private industry is the right decision, but we must go farther to protect our nation in cyberspace.

The Story: The Microsoft Exchange hacks have long been attributed by various cybersecurity firms to Chinese actors, so nothing is new in this public calling-out of China, although it does once again highlight the very real threat that nation-state actors pose to American business and industry.

  • While public…

Fault Lines welcomes Dmitri Alperovitch, NSI Advisory Board member, Executive Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, and Co-Founder of CrowdStrike. How should America respond to Chinese aggression in cyberspace? Does cyber insurance exacerbate cyber ransomware attacks? What should we be worried about next? Dmitri and host Lester Munson, answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines!

Listen to this week’s episode here.


Haiti is thrown into chaos after an assassination, John Kerry is in Russia talking about the Climate, and the Afghanistan withdrawal is going more rapidly than anyone anticipated. Les, Rob, Jamil, Grant and returning guest Amira Valliani discuss how the United States should approach each these precarious situations. How should America think about stabilization efforts in Haiti? Is Climate Change national security? Has the train and equip mission in Afghanistan failed? All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.

Listen to the episode here: http://faultlines.gmu.edu/episodes/episode-88-assassination-afghanistan-and-the-atmosphere


Fault Lines welcomes Dan Currell, NSI Visiting Fellow and former Deputy Under Secretary and Senior Advisor at the Department of Education. Dan recently wrote a backgrounder for NSI titled China’s Influence in U.S. Higher Education as well as a number of opinion pieces for NSI’s blog The SCIF. How is China censoring speech in the United States? How big is China’s influence in U.S. Higher Education? What even is a Confucius Institute? Dan and host Lester Munson, answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines!

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