Terrorism

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 |

Argument

Terrorists Held My Dad Hostage…

And he spent another 5 years in hell after a Bergdahl-type deal soured. A personal history of how swapping bad guys for American prisoners can go bad.

Sulome Anderson |

Argument

Why Negotiating With Our Enemies Is Not a Sin

The Taliban swap for Sgt. Bergdahl is just the latest in a long line of occasions when America willingly dealt with bad guys. And like it or not, this is how wars end.

Lawrence J. Korb |

Argument

Obama's Big, New Counterterrorism Plan Is a Hot Mess

The White House is promising to give allies around the world $5 billion to fight terrorists. But America’s been doing that for years -- and no one seems to know what this new program is.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Obama's Light Touch and a Heavy Hand

The president's proposed counterterrorism plan might appear underwhelming, but doing more -- or doing less -- is not an option.

James Traub |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Communist Party's Terrorism Survival Plan

Old 'people's war' tactics are being mobilized against a new threat.

Rachel Lu |

Argument

'Playing Straight into the Hands of al-Shabab'

Kenya's counterterrorism approach following the Westgate Mall attack is crude -- and may actually be spawning more violence.

Jacob Kushner |

COLUMN

Exit 9/11 Through the Gift Shop

The X-Men take on the Grief-Industrial Complex. SNIKT!

Matt Bors |

Tea Leaf Nation

'What's Been Done to My Beautiful Homeland?'

China's online community laments the latest violent attack in the western region of Xinjiang.

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

Should China Declare a War on Terror?

Beijing and Washington's very different response to the latest deadly attack in Xinjiang.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Feature

Reading Between the Targeted Killings

Richard Clarke's new thriller about the U.S. drone program hits surprisingly close to home. But is the administration insider a critic of Obama's war on terror?

J. Dana Stuster |

Argument

Nigeria's Absent Commander-in-Chief

With the country descending into chaos, President Goodluck Jonathan is running out of excuses and places to hide.

Azubuike Ishiekwene |

COLUMN

Nigeria Is Not Pakistan

The state isn't trying to use Boko Haram as a political tool -- it's just been totally useless in doing anything to defeat it.

Leela Jacinto |

Argument

The Lost Girls

Why women are the "spoils of war" in Nigeria and around the world -- and nobody cares.

Lauren Wolfe |

Report

How Do You Teach an Old Gun New Tricks?

The CIA wants to use fingerprint scanners and GPS devices to make sure Syria's rebels target Assad -- not the West.

Yochi Dreazen |