Campaign 2012



Although a decade has passed since the 9/11 attacks, terrorism remains one of the most pressing issues for national security due to the continued threat of dangerous global terrorism networks. In the past ten years, the United States has made great strides in its counterterrorism efforts by eliminating two of the world’s biggest threats: Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. But despite these successes, the methods used to detain, interrogate, and kill terrorists have aroused controversy at home. It is critical that the next president navigates these political and military issues while remaining vigilant and keeping the world safe.

Brookings experts Benjamin Wittes and Daniel Byman provide advice to the next president on this important topic. Wittes, director of Campaign 2012 and senior fellow in the Brookings Governance Studies program, is an expert on legal issues surrounding terrorism and national security. Byman, director of research for the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, served as a staff member on the 9/11 Commission and on the U.S. House and Senate Intelligence Committees’ Joint 9/11 Inquiry.

Stephen GrandKevin Watkins and Rebecca Winthop provide additional perspectives on terrorism and national security. 

Counterterrorism a Strong Suit for Obama in Reelection Bid?

Paper: Keeping on Offense: The Next President Should Keep After al Qaeda but Mend Relations with Congress on Terrorism, by Daniel L. Byman and Benjamin Wittes

Additional Perspectives:
An Opening for a New Narrative in U.S.-Muslim World Relations, by Stephen R. Grand
What Focusing on Drones and Detention Misses, by Kevin Watkins and Rebecca Winthrop

Event: September 10, 2012

Video: Counterterrorism a Strong Suit for Obama in Reelection Bid?, with Daniel L. Byman and Benjamin Wittes



  • Brookings research on terrorism »