During a time when there are many complex foreign relationships and looming threats on the global scene, the National Security Council (NSC) needs to rely on wise leadership and counsel. None is better equipped than former Heritage expert Lisa Curtis.

According to Dr. James Carafano, Heritage Vice President of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy,

“She is exactly the skilled, principled expert the NSC needs during this pivotal time in our nation’s history.”

Curtis was appointed to the National Security Council earlier this year as the senior director for South Asia. This appointment was recently highlighted by CQ Magazine, which described her as one of “five Washington hands who have a knack for smoothing out the process.” The feature story goes on to describe Curtis’s role and responsibilities at the NSC:

Tasked with making headway in the thorny and knotty relationship with Islamabad is Lisa Curtis, a longtime expert on Pakistan and counterterrorism…Curtis has the unenviable job of finding a way to convince Islamabad to crack down on the terrorist organizations operating from its territory rather than continuing to covertly provide support to groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Read the full CQ article>>

Curtis worked at The Heritage Foundation for 10 years, where she was a senior research fellow in Heritage’s Asian Studies Center. She’s written extensively on U.S. national security interests and regional geopolitics. Read some of Curtis’s research >>

Previously she worked in the U.S. government on South Asian issues for 16 years. During that time she worked as a staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs, an analyst for the CIA, and as a diplomat in the U.S. embassies in Pakistan and India.

Thanks to you, Heritage scholars like Lisa Curtis continue to fight for and support our country by applying their expertise and experience in powerful positions of influence.

Read more about Lisa Curtis’s appointment to the NSC >>

How should the U.S. address terrorism?

Comments (32)

Jerry Metcalf - August 4, 2017


helen - August 4, 2017

Continue to limit immigration, do not admit refugees, improve tracking suspects in US, build the wall. Continue to combat ISIS and like groups. Limit money paid to countries that promote or protect terrorists,

Bob Davis - August 4, 2017

This will be a long conflict, as was the Cold War with Russia.

It needs to always be front and center in our Government’s priorities.

It is the number one foreign policy concern.

Jean-Jacques Vitrac - August 4, 2017

We must apply a strict immigration control at our borders, North and South, as well as at international airports. This is what most modern democratic countries do throughout the world. Why should we be different ? We should also apply existing law to illegal aliens and terminate sanctuary cities once and for all.

Larry Shorthill - August 4, 2017

My biggest concern for Ms. Curtis is that McMaster is not aligned with Trump’s campaign promises. He has been firing and will continue to fire NSC members who are so aligned in favor of establishment and Obama era staff who are anythi g but aligned with the promised agenda. Good luck and gospeed to Ms. Curtis. I hope she can weather the storm.

Sharon Stanley - August 4, 2017

Limit immigration. I believe all Muslims should be deported, stripped of citizenship, passports. They need to decide they want to live here on our terms, our values, our laws. I do not believe Muslims should hold any elected public or governmental office, nor teacher, nor sensitive industries, etc.
Carrots and sticks. Carrots and sticks.

Retta - August 4, 2017

We need to admit that most of the terrorists are Muslims and those who follow the Koran are going to either support, or become terrorists. America had better wake up to this.

We do need to build the wall and limit immigration.

James T White Sr - August 4, 2017

We need to begin holding the countries of these terrorists sources more responsible for their actions, especially the Muslim nations.

Enoch B. Thweatt, Jr. - August 4, 2017

One of President Trump’s most difficult tasks is to wake all of us up to the fact that we have been in a declared war since 9/11 and in an undeclared (directly) war for mny years before that. We are too comfortable and just will not face the reality that we are in a war, a life and death war. But the enemy comes in two (or perhaps more) formats (is there a better word for this?): one, radical jihadist, ISIS, etc., and two, the internal attack on morals, human life, decency, our heritage and our national constitution, and all religious teachings, especially Christian. Unless we who are very strong in our conservative support of our duly elected President are willing to recognize BOTH OF THESE WARS, we could win one war and lose the other. Both enemies are equally dangerous, one destroys life and our way of life, and the other destroys our hearts and human decency.

Sean LaBar - August 4, 2017

As an intern at The Heritage Foundation (2013), I had the great honor and privilege of reporting to Lisa Curtis. During my time there, she proved to be a wonderful supervisor (even when I made mistakes) and mentor. I wish her all my best in her latest endeavour (hopefully, she will return to Heritage in the distant future).

Royal A. Brown III - August 4, 2017

First we must realize and convince the citizens of the U.S. that we are in a world-wide war against the Jihad declared against us. Islamic Jihadists, like their allies the leftists want to bring down our Western Civilization, change our history, our culture and our traditions and we must not let them do this. President Trump is on the right track with his recent announcements about changes in our immigration policies which have been far too lax in the past. People allowed to immigrate to the U.S. should have skills to offer, speak English and accept our Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Sharia should not be allowed to be practiced and immigrants must assimilate into our society. We must protect our national sovereignty from attacks by the UN, Islamists, globalists and New World order types who want to turn us into another EU like non-country without borders or identity.

Elaine Liming - August 4, 2017

We need to strengthen our immigration policies. We need to change some statues of law to accommodate the world we live in today. We must be very careful who will let in and their values and understanding of how we view our freedoms and our liberties. We owe it to the Men and Women who fought in the battle fields for our country believing these values were something to die for and protect for future generations. We must be students of our country’s history; world history and learn from mistakes made by other generations, if we are to survive.
God may have a plan but He is waiting for we Christians to wake up and act; instead of being silent . The time is now.

G. ALLAN BARNES - August 4, 2017

Why do you ask how the U.S. address terrorism and then not post the comments ? Is Heritage foundation aware that some of the answers could be ugly ? Or are you taking “noble and humane” approach to fighting terrorism ? If you want a “white glove – “moral high ground” response, I guess a Mr Rogers and Walt Disney approach should be applied before asking the question !

Tom Lanners - August 4, 2017

Declare that we are in a long term struggle against Muslim jihadists. Then fight them with all the skill, technology, resources, heart, and will that we fought in W.W.II, and we will win.
Anything less, and we are doomed.

Camille Hattrup - August 4, 2017

Call it what it is despite leftist denial. Sanction sponsor nations with public declarations. Seriously prosecute promoters like George Soros . Identify the sources and put them out of commission.

James Glennie - August 4, 2017

Maybe a bounty on the terrorists and give the American public (citizens) C.C. permits on request. If a terrorist knew that, potentially, every person they met on the street was able to turn in their scalp for money, maybe they would sneak back out of our country .

David R. Snyder - August 4, 2017

I believe we have more to fear from liberalism than terriorism, just think about it.

R Mc - August 4, 2017

When will we wake up and acknowledge Obama was a Muslim Trojan Horse who infiltrated the highest office in the land and intentionally and deliberately (and successfully) greatly weakened all aspects of our military, court system, economy and ran up $20 trillion in debt that can never be paid off.

Daniel Green - August 5, 2017

Work on immigration reform in the United States. I think President Trump should consult with the Commandant of the US Marine Corps in combating ISIS.
Also, in regards to the North Korean threat of weapons, Once again I think President Trump should utilize the US Marine Corps to address this problem.
I believe the United States must be on the offensive in regards to terrorism!

Key David McMurrain - August 5, 2017

I cannot under any terms understand why Heritage is supportive of Gen. McMasters decision to provide security clearance to susan rice. If this is an example of your leadership you better provide a totally convincing reason to support it or rlse consider me and any support I can provide as gone….

BOBBY E. RICHARDSON - August 5, 2017


John Ross - August 5, 2017

Strongly enforce and defend our immigration laws. If we are going to actually fight a war in a foreign country, declare it and fight it to win, not just provide them endless “police action”. If a country attacks our country, then take them out!

Robert Marshall - August 5, 2017

The enactment of the Presidents immigration reform just proposed would be a big step in the right direction when used with his previous limitations to restrict terrorist entry.

William Coates - August 5, 2017

Correct the FBI manuals in the area of Islam and terrorism. The Obama administration, led by Muslim consultants, purged important historical information and revised policies regarding Islamist activities. Islam is a dictatorial system of control flying the flag of religion, seeking to use our Constitution to overthrow the liberty which the Constitution was created to protect.

Allison Webb - August 5, 2017

The definition of the word terrorism, over time, has seem to have reinvented itself, by splitting off into two categories: foreign and domestic. In order to address the problem of terrorism, in its entirety, one must be able to redefine what terrorism is and be able to identify the location and underlying motives of the acts being committed. Are the acts coming from abroad, in which case the main motive seems to be focused upon wanting to hurt America, on a national scale, while, at the same time, creating as much mass casualties as possible?
Or, on the other hand, is the terrorism home grown, in which case it seems to be done, more to make some sort of political point, or to afflict political harm and/or eliminate the political competition?
As of late, the direction taken by our nation’s political system, in order to win elections, has been directed less toward politically attacking those candidates running for political office, and more toward individual U.S. citizens/political groups, organizing to support a particular candidate and his/her political platform, which is usually in opposition to the candidate doing the political attack.
By the act of exercising their fundamental rights as U.S. citizens,to actively participate in America’s political system and have their voices be heard through the act of voting, it appears to me that one large faction of the U.S. population seems to be uncomfortable with the idea that individual citizens have the right to choose for themselves what works best for their own lives. It is for this reason that we, as a nation, have been experiencing the very political climate/discourse we are seeing described on the nightly news, as of late.
The fact that Donald Trump, along with many other political candidates that ran for president came from the private sector ,and can successfully win a national presidential election, proof that our U.S. constitution is as strong and successful today, as it was back when the first presidential election was held? There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution or the Declaration of Independence that states one must have a political science or legal background, in order to run for office.

Donald Waggener - August 5, 2017

Go on the offensive by regions of the world to identify and address the root causes of terrorism. Work to defeat the immediate threat, but it is also important to look for and proactively address the multiple reasons for terrorism. Educate the public on the threats, causes and actions to defeat terrorism. Actively work to build alliances with our allies in these efforts so we can present a united front in opposition to terrorism.

Du’e B - August 6, 2017

First, we must continue to do all we reasonably can to protect our people from terrorists. Second, we should work with Islamic clergy so they will see the harm terrorists do to their faith. They need to preach against the taking of innocent lives.

Charlie F - August 6, 2017

Use covert operations or any means necessary to annihilate terrorizim wherever it may be.

Henry C. Holder - August 6, 2017

We should not run from it. Wherever it is taking place, we should assist those being impacted. If we catch a terrorist, we should interrogate for information. Then the terrorist should be imprisoned or sentenced to die.

QUINTON HALSEY - August 7, 2017

no holds barred kill them period

stephen palmer - August 10, 2017

After I read the responses to the article I was kind of surprised that so many people responded with the immigration issue and for sure that is major. There are so many people in this country who seem to think (liberal dems) that America is “big brother” to all the downtrodden poor people from all over the world. Well we used to be and they are the people who built this great country, however , things have changed and believe me not for the better. A society has built up and groups who want to destroy America have come on the scene. American haters are flowing into our country from north south east and west. It’s not just us, almost every country is seeing terrorist activity en mass. I understand that we must take care of our country first and there is only one way, remove them from our soil. They do not react to discussion, treaties, agreements or sanctions. They only react to the one thing they dish out. Violence. I believe we should shut down our borders for a time until we can vet and remove those who are here especially the muslims. They are here to strengthen the muslim community and if called, by sharia law, to jihad they must respond or be killed by their own people. This is a hard pill to swallow for most people but you cannot dispute the facts that are presented.

Ann Sharon Pelletier - August 13, 2017

I believe and trust that this Administration is working diligently on that problem. This question is above my pay grade … but research into their strategies and methods. Do an evaluation …. lots of questions … however, we all need to be knowledgeable of who they are, and why they want to harm us … for every action there will be a reaction. We need to have a unified country to defeat terrorism.

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