al Qaeda

Report

Egypt's Sea of Troubles

Why an upsurge in terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula raises fears for the Suez Canal.

Keith Johnson |

Micah Zenko

They Who Must Not Be Named

The administration's reasons for not releasing who's on the list of America's enemies in the war on terror are getting ridiculous.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Breaking Syria's Reign of Terror

Are al Qaeda hard-liners finally on the run?

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

Inflection Point

To win back Fallujah, Nouri al-Maliki doesn't need to negotiate -- he needs to fight.

Douglas A. Ollivant |

Argument

Beirut’s Perfect Storm

Can anyone stop Lebanon's descent into chaos?

Patricio Asfura-Heim |

Micah Zenko

Cloudy With a Chance of Conflict

We asked 1,200 U.S. government officials and experts what they were most worried about in 2014. Here's what they said.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Red Wedding

A botched drone strike in Yemen shows how America's anti-al Qaeda strategy has gone off the rails.

Adam Baron |

Argument

Indefinite Extension

Obama needs to consult Congress before he authorizes offensive military action in Afghanistan after 2014.

Bruce Ackerman |

Argument

Rebels, Inc.

For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.

Malik Al-Abdeh |

Dispatch

The Eye of the Storm

As the Syrian civil war bleeds into northern Iraq, a once-quiet oasis is brewing with tensions.

Sofia Barbarani |

Reality Check

Is Israel Doomed?

Why even dangerous demographics and the receding horizon of peace won't dim the lights in Jerusalem.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

A Strange Kind of Victory

Some pundits are celebrating the effort to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. But if this is progress, what does failure look like?

Michael Weiss |

Argument

A Bad Time to Kill a Bad Man?

Why the killing of the Pakistani Taliban's No. 1 might cause a lot more pain for Pakistan than the CIA counted on.

Arif Rafiq |

Dispatch

Teenagers Are Droned, And a Family Cries Out

The U.S. says it was hunting militants on August 8. The dead boys' brother has a different story.

Shuaib Almosawa |

Argument

The Anti-Surge

How Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

John McCain |

Micah Zenko

Two Cheers For America's Restraint in the Drone War

If Washington launched targeted strikes everywhere its 'partners' asked it to, the war on terror would be totally out of control.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Al Qaeda's Syrian Strategy

Can Islamic jihadists win hearts and minds in the war against Assad?

Barak Barfi |

By Other Means

Consider the Duck-Rabbit

How this Wittgenstein sketch explains the Somalia SEAL raid.

Rosa Brooks |

Dispatch

No Country for Anyone

The Syrian rebellion is turning hard-line Islamist, squeezing out Christians, Alawites, and Kurds who also hate Assad.

Hania Mourtada |

David Rothkopf

The Power Paradox

Why America can only be great by being unexceptional.

David Rothkopf |

Micah Zenko

The Known Unknowns of Counterterrorism Ops

When it comes to assessing the success of the war on terror, there's a lot we just don't know.

Micah Zenko |

By Other Means

The Failure of Impasse

From Vietnam to Syria, the appalling history of U.S. efforts to end wars by creating stalemate.

Rosa Brooks |

Dispatch

The Fugitive

Meet Abu Omar: Al Qaeda busted him out of Abu Ghraib. Now he has gone to fight in Syria.

Harald Doornbos |

Argument

The Army of Islam Is Winning in Syria

And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

Twitter's Week of Reckoning

One major social media service isn't keeping up with its peers in dealing with designated terrorists.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

Rebel vs. Rebel

Syrian jihadi groups are now kidnapping and killing one another. Is this the beginning of an all out war, or an opportunity for the moderates?

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

Questions and Airstrikes

Why Congress needs to think hard about Obama’s Syria plan.

Daniel Byman |

Argument

Strange Bedfellows

Is the turbulent Middle East bringing Sunni and Shiite jihadists together, or driving them to war?

Matthew Levitt |

Dispatch

Sightseeing in Yemen's Droneland

For an infamous danger zone, Marib province is beautiful, ancient, and, at times, remarkably peaceful.

Adam Baron |