- The Future of Al Qaeda and Associated Movements (AQAM)
- Northern Distribution Network (NDN)
- In Memoriam Arnaud de Borchgrave
- Open Source, Trusted Information Network for Counterterrorism
- Senior Steering Committee
- The Arc of Instability: Militancy Across South Asia
- Transnational Threats Project Past Initiatives
- Transnational Threats Project Past Task Forces
- Transnational Threats Update
- Religious Radicalism after the Arab Uprisings
Transnational Threats Project
The Transnational Threats Project assesses terror, insurgent, and criminal networks and the impact of government responses through targeted field work and an extensive network of specialists.
Terror, insurgent, and criminal networks are the focus of the Transnational Threats Project (TNT). TNT assesses these threats and the impact of government responses to them through targeted field work and an extensive network of specialists from government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector.
TNT’s work is highly valued by intelligence analysts, policymakers, and leaders seeking to understand and thwart transnational threats.
Transnational terrorism and insurgent groups will continue to evolve in the years ahead, and TNT endeavors to stay abreast of these developments in order to advise key players in the counter-terrorism and international security community in support of their mission.
Meanwhile, international criminal organizations remain an intractable problem. Problems with human trafficking, illicit trade in narcotics and weapons, and wildlife poaching are increasingly converging with ideologically-motivated networks, fostering a new generation of hybrid threats. Understanding and responding to this complex and dynamic environment has proven a difficult challenge for governments and institutions around the world.
To help governments understand this convoluted landscape, TNT has organized and tapped some of the world’s top subject-matter experts. This has been achieved primarily through TNT’s two Trusted Information Networks, which generated important perspectives on transnational threats in Europe and Southeast Asia. Additional TNT fieldwork, research, and analysis has shed new light on Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, parts of Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Sahel.
National and international media frequently seek comment from TNT on these subjects. TNT also briefs dozens of ranking intelligence, law enforcement, and other government officials, as well as thought leaders from academia and NGOs from all over the globe.
TNT is led by Director and Senior Fellow, Tom Sanderson. Caleb Johnson is TNT’s associate director. Judge William H. Webster, former CIA and FBI director, chairs a high-level TNT steering committee of past ranking intelligence, law enforcement, public sector, and private sector leaders. Advisers to the TNT project also include John MacGaffin, former Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the CIA and former senior advisor to the Director of the FBI; Juan Zarate, Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism; and Jeff Jonas, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Scientist of IBM’s Entity Analytic Solutions.
The initiative will produce a series of “alternative futures” regarding the state of al Qaeda and Associated Movements in the year 2025 and generate recommendations to defeat the threat over the long term.
The Northern Distribution Network project analyzes the risks and opportunities associated with new and potential supply lines into Afghanistan.
"Flash Points," a weekly video series by CBSnews.com with CSIS Senior Adviser and CBS News senior national security analyst Juan Zarate.
The Trusted Information Network (TIN) project seeks to improve the understanding of transnational terrorism via outreach to nongovernment expertise.
The Arc of Instability project examines militancy in South Asia, exploring trends and strategic shifts across a wide array of militant actors.
From examinations of information sharing to public-private partnerships, TNT’s past initiatives cover a broad spectrum of issues relevant to the struggle against transnational threats.
In recognition of the complexity of organized crime and terrorism, TNT has complimented its own in-house expertise by drawing on more than 150 experts to examine significant aspects of these threats through nine task forces.
The Middle East faces a continuation of conflicts that many thought were coming to an end.
- AudioJan 20, 2016
- VideoJan 20, 2016
Critical QuestionsJan 14, 2016
ReportNov 16, 2015
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Oct 22, 2015
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