Terrorism

Argument

An Eye for a Tooth

Israel's problem with deterrence.

Daniel Byman |

Argument

'Strike Him with an Axe'

A pro-Russian separatist's how-to guide for terrorizing eastern Ukraine includes advice on robbing banks, sabotage, and staging drive-by shootings.

Alexander J. Motyl |

Argument

The Boko Haram Economy

Nigeria now boasts the largest economy in Africa. So why are homegrown terrorists thriving?

Robert Looney |

Argument

The Fractured Caliphate

Iraq’s Sunnis turned against radical jihadists once. Will they do so again?

Robert S. Ford |

Dispatch

Kenya on the Brink

Somali terrorists, tribal divisions, and political opportunists are conspiring to put the east African nation in a dangerous spot.

Mike Pflanz |

COLUMN

O Say Can You Free Me?

Dozens of Americans are spending this July 4 as hostages in far-off lands. Washington should do more to get them back.

Whitney Kassel |

COLUMN

The Real Red Line in the Middle East

If ISIS attacks Jordan, neither the United States nor Israel will be able to stay out of the fray.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

ISIS Is Dead, Long Live the Islamic State

Will the declaration of a new caliphate unite the world’s jihadists -- or tear them apart?

Aaron Y. Zelin |

Feature

Nowhere Land

After 40 years of fighting in the desert for their unrecognized country, the people of Western Sahara may be on the cusp of collapsing into extremism - and it could be the thing that saves them.

David Conrad |

Report

Unfriended

Why aren't Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube doing more to keep ISIS from spreading hatred and violence on social media?

Shane Harris |

Report

Iraq is Burning, and Everyone Agrees Maliki Has to Go

These are the seven men who could replace him.

Yochi Dreazen |

Report

Government Set to Continue Backing Terrorism Insurance

A post-9/11 program meant to be temporary is likely to be renewed until at least 2019.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Does Anyone Remember the AMIA?

Iran may have been behind a deadly bombing in Argentina two decades ago. Now the two countries meet on the pitch.

Hernán Iglesias Illa |

Argument

Reading Between the Teleprompter Lines

What Obama was really thinking during his Iraq remarks.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

How Maliki Ruined Iraq

Not long ago, stability and security in Iraq seemed possible. Maliki's corruption shattered any hope of that.

Zaid Al-Ali |

Christian Caryl

Mosul's Christians Say Goodbye

The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

In Yemen, A Revolution in Reverse

A fuel crisis prompts worries that the old regime is exploiting instability to bring itself back to power.

Peter Salisbury |

Argument

There Is No al-Sham

Militants in Iraq and Syria are trying to re-create a nation that never existed.

Nick Danforth |

COLUMN

Who Lost Iraq?

That depends on whether you ever thought it could be won.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

The Kurdish Are Coming

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters honed their skills fighting for independence from Iraq. Now they are the front line against ISIS.

Mohammed A. Salih |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Simon Engler |

Argument

Shoulder to Shoulder

The Iranian regime may have a new, PR-friendly president, but the plight of its people is not getting any better. And the world needs to stand by them.

John Baird |

Argument

Hold Your Horses, Iraq Is Not About to Fall … Yet

The known-unknowns have come home to roost in Iraq.

Douglas Ollivant |

COLUMN

We Are Losing the War on Terror

The brazen attacks in Mosul and Karachi are just the latest signs that the bad guys are gaining momentum.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Broken Windows and Beating Back al Qaeda

Can President Obama’s counterterrorism partnership plan really work without any attempt at nation building?

James Traub |

Dispatch

Libya's Rogue 'War on Terror'

Is retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar finally reining in out-of-control Islamist militias, or is he dealing a body blow to this country's hope for democracy?

Mary Fitzgerald |

Argument

One Insurgent at a Time

How Alcoholics Anonymous can fix Obama's counterterrorism strategy.

Whitney Kassel |