al Qaeda

Terms of Engagement

The Indispensable Nation's Indispensable Weapon

Obama can't live without drones, Pakistan can't live with 'em. So the president bowed to the Islamic street.

James Traub |

By Other Means

Authorize This

Can Obama put the war on terror on a new legal footing?

Rosa Brooks |

By Other Means

The War Professor

Can Obama finally make the legal case for his war on terror?

Rosa Brooks |

Feature

Gitmo's Fallen Czar

Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.

Michelle Shephard |

Micah Zenko

Outsourcing Lethality

When there's a foreign finger on the trigger, is Washington still accountable when innocents die?

Micah Zenko |

Rational Security

How to Defeat Cyber Jihad

Taking the war on terrorism to the Internet.

John Arquilla |

Argument

Inspiration Inflation

We're all to blame for giving al Qaeda's magazine more credit than it's due.

J.M. Berger |

Feature

Bashar's War

For the Syrian regime's faithful mouthpieces, victory is always around the corner.

Sam Heller |

Rational Security

Small Cells vs. Big Data

Can information dominance crush terrorism?

John Arquilla |

Argument

Forget What You Think You Know

Would we even recognize an al Qaeda attack if we saw one?

Andrew Liepman |

EXCERPT

Mrs. Ballarin's War

The improbable tale of a West Virginia heiress the Pentagon hired to take on Somalia's jihadists.

Mark Mazzetti |

Dispatch

The Strange Case of the White Jihadist of Timbuktu

Was Abdul Jalil al-Fransi an al Qaeda fighter -- or a French spy?

Harald Doornbos |

Argument

Welcome to the Islamic State of Syria

Al Qaeda makes it official: The terror group is trying to extend its medieval rule from Baghdad to Damascus.

Brian Fishman |

By Other Means

Why Sticks and Stones Will Beat Our Drones

The persistent dangers of low-tech warfare.

Rosa Brooks |

By Other Means

Let Them Go

Why John Brennan should give a passport and $10K to every Gitmo prisoner.

Rosa Brooks |

Dispatch

Welcome to Cocainebougou

Amid the drug palaces of northern Mali, it's easy to see why this war will be hard to win.

Yochi Dreazen |

Feature

The Jihadist from Phoenix

Eric Harroun claims to have joined up with an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria’s brutal civil war. We tracked him down, but getting the truth was more difficult.

Greg Tepper |

Dispatch

The Jihadi from the Block

In the war for the heart of northern Mali, the real fear isn’t al Qaeda, it’s the criminals and fundamentalists lurking just around the corner.

Peter Tinti |

Rational Security

The Illogic of Iraq

Explaining one of history's most egregious strategic non sequiturs.

John Arquilla |

Argument

Social Warfare

Budget hawks' plans to cut funding for political and social science aren't just short-sighted and simple-minded -- they'll actually hurt national security.

Scott Atran |

Christian Caryl

The Democracy Boondoggle in Iraq

The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Missing in Action

Extremists are destroying the fabric of Pakistani society. Where is the government?

Mosharraf Zaidi |

Feature

The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

"My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience."

Vali Nasr |

Argument

Battle-Tested

Insiders debate America's misfires in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?

We asked everyone from an ex-president of Pakistan to a former Afghan spy chief to weigh in.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

What Went Right?

Critics of the war are missing the big picture: Afghanistan is much better off today.

Peter Bergen |

Argument

Uncharitable Organizations

Islamist groups are bankrolling terror groups across the Middle East and pretending it's aid work.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Dispatch

Inside the Islamic Emirate of Timbuktu

An exclusive trove of al Qaeda documents found in this fabled city shows a theocracy in the making in Mali.

Harald Doornbos |

Argument

Arm the Syrian Rebels. Now.

Obama's cabinet had a plan to take down Bashar al-Assad. What went wrong?

Michael Doran |