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.
Explaining one of history's most egregious strategic non sequiturs.
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.
The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.
Extremists are destroying the fabric of Pakistani society. Where is the government?
"My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience."
We asked everyone from an ex-president of Pakistan to a former Afghan spy chief to weigh in.
Critics of the war are missing the big picture: Afghanistan is much better off today.
Islamist groups are bankrolling terror groups across the Middle East and pretending it's aid work.
An exclusive trove of al Qaeda documents found in this fabled city shows a theocracy in the making in Mali.
Obama's cabinet had a plan to take down Bashar al-Assad. What went wrong?
When it comes to covering Africa's latest conflict, it's suddenly amateur hour.
The real reason the Sahel is awash with terrorists? Rapid population growth.
We can’t say that helping the Syrian rebels didn’t work, because it has never really been tried.
As Western countries rush into Africa's troubled Sahel region, are we once again forgetting history?
Why Algeria doesn't talk to terrorists -- even if that means killing hostages.
A witches' brew of Islamic jihadists is stirring up trouble across the continent. But is that America's problem yet?
Barack Obama has clearly decided to cut his losses in Afghanistan. Will all hell break lose when he does?
The death of Mullah Nazir exposes why Pakistan's love affair with jihadis is likely to end in tears.
What Judicial Watch and Fox News got wrong about al Qaeda's leading English-language ideologue.
The 20 most puzzling, hypocritical, and revealing things said about U.S. foreign policy in 2012.
The country tears itself further apart with each passing day. This is the moment to do something about it.
Can Kenya's invasion of Kismayo put an end to al-Shabab for good?
Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns?
The White House wants to marginalize radicals within the anti-Assad insurgency -- but does it have any leverage left with the rebels?