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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

Current Issue: The Middle East and Regional Transition, Terrorism, and Countering Violent Extremism: What the Next President Will Face


Edited by: Rand Beers, Richard A. Clarke, Emilian Papadopoulos, and Paul Salem.

The next president will face enormous challenges in dealing with terrorism—a threat to global stability and national security that has changed considerably over the course of the Obama Presidency. This volume of The ANNALS is a briefing for the next president on violent Islamist extremism and what can be done to combat and contain it.

Our analysis is in two parts. First, we give a careful accounting of terrorism as a force that is riling the nation states of the Middle East and Africa, where terrorists are fighting a civil war within Islam. The high water mark of ISIS control of cities and lands will have passed by the time the next president takes office, but the well spring of ideology and discontent into which it taps will still be strong. Nations in the Middle East region lay in shambles, with millions in refugee camps. Rebuilding from the recent spasm of civil wars would cost hundreds of billions of dollars even if funds were available, political settlements seem far off and failed, factionalized states seem likely to continue for the foreseeable future. We assess the causes and consequences of this state of affairs and explore pathways forward.

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Janet Currie, 2014 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow

Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University; and Director of the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Dr. Currie is widely regarded as one of the leading economists contributing to the analysis of public policy.  She combines a passion for intellectual inquiry with scrupulous objectivity and even-handedness in her research.  Her major focus is on the health and well-being of children, which has culminated in her recent book The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation’s Poor Children and Families (Princeton University Press 2008). Her current research is breaking new ground with analysis of environmental threats to children’s health from sources such as toxic pollutants. She has served as Vice President of the American Economic Association and has been elected President of the Society of Labor Economists. Dr. Currie is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.