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 (17)

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,

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.

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 !

David R. Snyder - August 4, 2017

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

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!

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.

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

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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