- Lenarz: The Obama administration's departure from US exceptionalism and its strategy to let regional players take agency has badly backfired
- If terrorists strike in countries engulfed in war or political turmoil, governments exploit the chaos to further their own strategic interests
Julie Lenarz is director of the Human Security Centre, an independent foreign policy think tank in London. The opinions in this article are those of the author.
(CNN)The first day of 2017 started with a horrific terrorist attack in Turkey. A gunman opened fire into a crowd of hundreds at one of Istanbul's most popular nightclubs, killing at least 39 people and injuring dozens more. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the massacre in an official statement released by its news agency Amaq.