Author Archive

Colin P. Clarke

Policy and research director, The Soufan Group

Colin P. Clarke, Ph.D., is the director of policy and research at the Soufan Group and a senior research fellow at the Soufan Center. 

What to Do in an Increasingly Bipolar World

Invite countries to stand on the side of territorial sovereignty and international law.


How Russia's War in Ukraine will Accelerate U.S.-China Competition

Moscow’s disastrous adventurism will leave it a junior player in a conflict between authoritarianism and democracy.


Mind the ‘Middle Powers’ Gap

While pivoting from terrorism to great powers, the U.S. should pay far more attention those countries caught in the struggle between democracy and authoritarianism.


ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s Sub-Saharan Affiliates Are Poised for Growth in 2021

A rundown on jihadi groups’ expansion in the Sahel and Nigeria, the Horn of Africa, and the continent’s southeastern Swahili coast.


Is the Conflict in Libya a Preview of the Future of Warfare?

Drones. Mercenaries. Disinformation campaigns waged on social media.


What Will Iran Do As the US Negotiates a Withdrawal from Afghanistan?

Tehran is eager to deepen its influence on Kabul, the Taliban, and other Afghan actors.


If Iran Never Leaves Syria, Will America Stay Forever?

If the Trump administration’s containment strategy fails, it could embolden Tehran while miring U.S. troops indefinitely.


Attacks on Russia Will Only Increase

Its entanglements across the Middle East will come with a deadly price.


What ISIS Will Do After Mosul Falls

They have options, write two terrorism scholars.


US Counterterrorism Strategy Must Be About More than ISIS

Even as Trump focuses on the Islamic State, other dangerous groups need attention.


America’s Cyber Security Dilemma — and A Way Out

The network era has changed the rules of arms buildups.


It's Getting Harder to Define Military Readiness. Here's What to Do About It.

Planners and evaluators must try to anticipate how threats and operating environments will change during a deployment.