Terrorism Challenges Facing The Obama Administration
December 24, 2008
As we enter 2009 and witness the first steps taken by President-elect Barack Obama and his administration, we thought it would be a good time to consider priorities.
The new President will have to tackle the economic crisis, which would be enough to keep everyone busy if that were the only challenge.
However, Barack Obama will be America's first new Commander-in-Chief since 9/11. In the aftermath, our nation's course fighting terror has been set only by the Bush administration.
We asked 2 men who've studied global terrorism for years what they think are the three biggest terrorism challenges facing the new administration.
Dr. Walid Phares is the Director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington D.C. He is also a visiting fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy. Dr. Phares is the author of several books in English, French and Arabic. His most recent book is The Confrontation: Winning The War Against Future Jihad.
Douglas Farah is a consultant and freelance writer on terrorism finance and national security issues. He spent two decades as a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for the Washington Post and other publications. Farah's the author of Blood From Stones: The Secret Financial Network Of Terror and Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes and the Man Who Makes War Possible.
Reader comments on this item
obma and his 'silence' on the hamas-israeli conflict
Submitted by venango, Jan 9, 2009 18:24
President elect spins like a top when it rotates around the economic problem, does not duck this issue by claiming 'there is only one president." But when faced with Hamas- Israel conflict, has nothing to say about it and suddenly becomes patriotic and defers to the 'there is only one president' alibi. So then, when will the real Obama's transparent being emerge from the smoke?
Phares and Farah are excellent
Submitted by Beth George, Dec 25, 2008 10:26
Thanks for this excellent duo. Farah is a great Terrorism analyst and investigator. His tracking of criminal-Terror relations is well rounded. Walid Phares is a top strategic thinker in the US. We are lucky to have him helping the public, the Government and the media understand the depth of threat.