Terrorism

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Middle East Meltdown

In a region now crowded with failed states, a murderous terrorist group has gained a foothold, changing the power dynamics and the United States needs to pay attention.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Why Is Bahrain Outsourcing Extremism?

The Bahraini government has been working overtime to crush pro-democracy activists. But what about followers of the Islamic State?

Ala'a Shehabi |

COLUMN

The Pendulum and the President

An exclusive excerpt from “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Myth of the Big Bad Lone Wolf

Trying to stop lone-wolf terrorists -- much less mentally ill murderers -- is a waste of law enforcement's time and money.

David Gomez |

COLUMN

Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper

Doubling down on counterterrorism at home and abroad won’t make Canada a safer place.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

The Threats We Forget

The Islamic State and Ebola are the crises du jour, but a host of other persistent threats to national security are no less pressing. And combatting them will require unity of effort.

Tim Roemer |

Report

Treasury's War on the Islamic State

The green-eyeshades crew is taking the lead in trying to choke off the illicit millions that fund the terrorist group. But the Islamic State's own overreach may cost it more than sanctions.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

The Regretful Jihadists of the Islamic State

The West is terrified of foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria. But not all of them are trying to bring jihad with them.

Leela Jacinto |

Argument

The Internet Is Not the Enemy

Global efforts to stop the Islamic State should not come at the expense of online freedom. Let the world see the depravity of their ideology.

Jillian C. York |

Dispatch

Barbarians at the Gates of Baghdad

How long can Iraq’s besieged forces hold out against the Islamic State?

Susannah George |

COLUMN

Terrorists Among Us

Americans have good reason to be afraid of another attack on U.S. soil -- only it's not going to come from the Islamic State.

Micah Zenko |

Dispatch

This Is Why You Can't Have Nice Guns

Syria's moderate rebels are brawling among themselves in the streets of Turkey. And these are the people the White House wants to arm?

David Kenner |

Argument

A Blunder Down Under

Australia is trying to combat homegrown terrorism. Sending 800 police officers and a helicopter after suburban wannabes isn’t how to do it.

Waleed Aly |

Dispatch

The One Muslim Country That Loves America Is Developing an Extremist Problem

Kosovars are traveling to the Middle East to fight the same U.S.-led forces that once helped secure their country’s freedom.

Valerie Hopkins |

Report

Exclusive: Washington Wants NATO Allies to Help Retrain the Iraqi Military

With the Islamic State pulling ever closer to Baghdad, the Obama administration believes rebuilding the shattered Iraqi military could require up to 1,000 foreign trainers from the United States and its top European allies.

Gopal Ratnam |

Report

The Dark Knight Rises

For years Qassem Suleimani has been Iran's secret covert-ops puppet master. Why has he suddenly stepped out of the shadows?

Siobhán O'Grady |

COLUMN

Much Ado About the Islamic State

Terrible though they may be, even the worst events of late -- from IS to Ebola -- may not make a lasting imprint on the world. Or your investment portfolio.

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

Simon Engler |

Dispatch

The Curious Case of Moazzam Begg

As Britain grapples with what to do about citizens returning from Syria, a prominent terrorism case raises more questions than answers.

Ruth Michaelson |

Report

'No One's Really in Charge' in Hostage Negotiations

Insiders and administration officials tell Foreign Policy that efforts to free Americans held by the Islamic State are uncoordinated, inconsistent, and crippled by bureaucratic infighting.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Fiddling While Kobani Burns

Turkey is talking tough about the Islamic State. But it’s still not ready for war.

Steven A. Cook |

Dispatch

The Last Safe Place

A small clinic in an eastern Turkish city provides Syrians injured in the war with much-needed help. But the facility is quickly running out of cash -- and the doctors who operate it blame the war on the Islamic State for their troubles. 

David Kenner |

Dispatch

'I Am Only Looking Up to Paradise'

The French government doesn't have to worry about Abu Mariam coming home from the jihad in Syria. He wants to go to heaven.

Loubna Mrie |

Dispatch

Too Many, Too Late

Syria’s beleaguered moderate rebels have been begging for U.S. airstrikes for years. Now that the bombs are falling, they wish Washington would send its planes back home.

David Kenner |

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The Shape-Shifting Coalition

America's allies in the fight against the Islamic State may seem willing now. But what happens when they want to start bombing Assad?

Micah Zenko |

Report

Rebel Yell

Syrian opposition forces, Obama's key to defeating the Islamic State, say the Pentagon isn't consulting them on airstrikes.

Shane Harris |

Report

'We're Not Sure Their Capabilities Match Their Desire'

Is the Khorasan Group as dangerous as the White House is making it out to be?

Shane Harris |

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Americanasaurus and the March to War in Syria

The 6 fictions we have to stop telling ourselves about Obama, the Islamic State, and what the United States can and can't do to save Iraq and Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Leave It to the League

The Saudis, Qataris, and others are stepping into the fight against Islamic State. Now it's time for them to take the lead.

Bryan R. Gibson |

Argument

The Arab War on Terror

Obama's Middle East allies are signing up for the fight against the Islamic State. But it's not for the reason you think.

James Traub |