Terrorism

Putinology

The Ghosts of Beslan

Why the memory of a mass hostage-taking -- and the botched rescue attempt that followed -- continues to haunt Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

COLUMN

The Blood Brothers of Anbar

Meet Omar: A 43-year-old, well-educated hospital director in Fallujah. Does Iraq have any hope for reconciliation if men like this support the Islamic State?

Lauren Bohn |

Argument

Mr. Bean to Jihadi John

Western governments are sounding alarm bells about foreign fighters joining the Islamic State. But experts say that these would-be radicals are more often bumbling losers than bin Laden.

David Kenner |

Report

The Mouse That Roars

Tiny Jordan's spies have helped the United States hunt down some of its most dangerous enemies. Now Obama is hoping those spooks can beat the Islamic State.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Can Airstrikes Stop the Islamic State?

The United States has been raining bombs on Iraq -- and Syria might be next. But data show it's going to take more than planes to knock the Islamic State off its perch.

Chris Woods |

Slide Show

What We Found on the Islamic State's Laptop of Doom

Screenshots from a jihadi's personal computer.

Slide Show |

Exclusive

Recipes From the Islamic State's Laptop of Doom

How to make ricin, Semtex, and banana mousse.

Harald Doornbos |

Report

Obama's Mission Impossible

The president is about to present a strategy for destroying the Islamic State. Too bad it can't be done.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Send in the Guerrillas

In a world where our enemies don't wear uniforms, our allies don't have to, either.

Whitney Kassel |

Argument

Britain's Radical Challenge

The threat of British jihadists can't be an excuse for the country to abandon its foundational principles.

H.A. Hellyer |

Argument

A United Front

Only a strong NATO can stop Putin, and only America can rally NATO.

Madeleine Albright |

COLUMN

Running Toward the Danger

Sotloff, Foley, and the doctors fighting Ebola are part of a vital breed of first responders demanded by a new global reality.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

How Not to Help Americans Captured Abroad

A few lines, buried deep in the 2015 appropriations bill, could be a nightmare for American detainees and the State Department.

Richard Grenell |

Argument

Back to the Trenches

After years of pursuing peace and stability, Kenya's political factions are returning to bare-knuckle politics.

Ken Opalo |

Argument

The Islamic State vs. al Qaeda

Who’s winning the war to become the jihadi superpower?

J.M. Berger |

Exclusive

Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom

Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction.

Harald Doornbos |

Argument

13 Years On, Will 9/11 Ever Go to Trial?

From spies in the defense team to secret kill switches in the courtroom, the list of government perversions of an already-broken trial system is making the quest for justice endless.

Laura Pitter |

Report

Lady al Qaeda: The World's Most Wanted Woman

The Taliban wanted to trade Bergdahl for her. The Islamic State offered to swap Foley. Why does every jihadi group want the U.S. to free Aafia Siddiqui? 

Shane Harris |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese People Are Also Horrified by the James Foley Video

Even on the country's raucous Internet, users are mourning the journalist's death and criticizing media outlets who do not.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Report

The Re-Baathification of Iraq

The Islamic State has conquered much of Iraq with the help of Saddam’s cronies. Now the men America once discarded could help win the country back.

Shane Harris |

Argument

All the Queen's Men

Why can't British intelligence prevent men like James Foley's killer from fighting in Iraq -- or coming home?

Alex Massie |

COLUMN

Welcome to Extremistan

The threat and promise of the fracturing of the Middle East.

David J. Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Would American Money Have Saved James Foley?

European governments pay millions of dollars in ransoms to free their hostages. The White House needs to decide whether it’s willing to sacrifice principle for people.

James Traub |

Photo Essay

On the Other Side of the Mountain

A Yazidi family, safe for now, takes temporary shelter in Northern Iraq along the border with Syria.

Andrew Quilty |

Argument

The Pinprick President

Barack Obama needs to go to war with the Islamic State, or it will go to war with America.

James F. Jeffrey |

Argument

Iraq's City of Orphans

The world came to the rescue of the refugees on Mount Sinjar -- so why does it continue to ignore thousands more Iraqi minorities who face imminent threat of extermination by jihadists?

Michael Knights |

Tea Leaf Nation

China Sees Islamic State Inching Closer to Home

Chinese media lights up after a Hong Kong weekly says IS aims to expand into Xinjiang.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

The Failed Islamic States Index

Why jihadis stink at governing.

J. Dana Stuster |

Argument

Hamas's BFFs

It's time to stop treating Turkey and Qatar like they’re anything other than proxies for terrorists.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Inshallah and Ojalá

The lessons of counterinsurgency and nation-building in Colombia can also apply to the Arab world.

James Stavridis |