Terrorism

Micah Zenko

Cloudy With a Chance of Conflict

We asked 1,200 U.S. government officials and experts what they were most worried about in 2014. Here's what they said.

Micah Zenko |

Report

Stuck on a U.S. Government Blacklist?

Call Erich Ferrari, the lawyer who makes a living defending alleged drug kingpins and arms dealers.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Indefinite Extension

Obama needs to consult Congress before he authorizes offensive military action in Afghanistan after 2014.

Bruce Ackerman |

Argument

Rebels, Inc.

For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.

Malik Al-Abdeh |

Argument

Should You Be Allowed to Use Chemical Weapons in a Video Game?

Why the Geneva Convention doesn't work for Call of Duty.

Michael Peck |

Argument

A Bad Time to Kill a Bad Man?

Why the killing of the Pakistani Taliban's No. 1 might cause a lot more pain for Pakistan than the CIA counted on.

Arif Rafiq |

Argument

In Pakistan, Slow and Steady Just Might Win the Race

Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.

Sheila Fruman |

Micah Zenko

Shouting '9/11' in a Crowded Internet

Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.

Micah Zenko |

Micah Zenko

Two Cheers For America's Restraint in the Drone War

If Washington launched targeted strikes everywhere its 'partners' asked it to, the war on terror would be totally out of control.

Micah Zenko |

Terms of Engagement

The Global War on Thinking Bad Thoughts

Can America really win the battle against Islamic extremism?

James Traub |

Dispatch

Russia's New Black Widows

The deadly and mysterious new breed of female suicide bomber.

Yulia Yuzik |

Feature

What Churchill Can Teach Us About the Coming Era of Lasers, Cyborgs, and Killer Drones

Or why the Pentagon needs to think big and look to the past in order to prepare for the chaotic technowars of the future.

P.W. Singer |

Report

The Price of War

A new report details the civilian costs of U.S. drone strikes -- and failures to compensate the families of victims. 

Letta Tayler |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Strings Attached

How politics and fear threaten a new global effort to combat terrorist recruitment.

Will McCants |

Terms of Engagement

Civil Surge

Can Syrian moderates prove they'd do a better job of governing liberated areas than the Islamist opposition?

James Traub |

By Other Means

Consider the Duck-Rabbit

How this Wittgenstein sketch explains the Somalia SEAL raid.

Rosa Brooks |

David Rothkopf

The Power Paradox

Why America can only be great by being unexceptional.

David Rothkopf |

Micah Zenko

The Known Unknowns of Counterterrorism Ops

When it comes to assessing the success of the war on terror, there's a lot we just don't know.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Cut-Rate Counterterrorism

Why America can no longer afford to outsource the war on al-Shabab.

Bronwyn Bruton |

The List

Analog War

How to rid Somalia of al-Shabab once and for all -- in six (not-so) easy steps.

Roger Carstens |

Argument

The Quiet Revolution

Technology is changing the way we fight war. But it's also changing the way we make peace.     

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Argument

Demography Is Destiny

Why al-Shabab's Westgate massacre is just the tip of the iceberg for an Africa on the edge of dysfunction.

Howard W. French |

Investigation

How Congress Screwed Up America's Security Clearance System

Blame profits, politics -- and a huge growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions.

Rebecca LaFlure |

Argument

Twitter's Week of Reckoning

One major social media service isn't keeping up with its peers in dealing with designated terrorists.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

The Dangers of Success

Why it's not so simple to crush and kill al Qaeda affiliates.  

Daniel Byman |

Argument

Africa's Phoenix

Don't let al-Shabab fool you: Somalia is making progress. But the West needs to change its approach.

Armin Rosen |

Feature

Mapped: Africa's Islamic Militants and Their Targets

From Nairobi to Timbuktu, the new terrorist battleground is in Africa. 

Yochi Dreazen |

Putinology

Dagestan's Desperate Search for Peace

The people who live in Russia's troubled North Caucasus republic hope that their new president will make a difference. But the chaos and bloodshed are deepening with every day.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Rebel vs. Rebel

Syrian jihadi groups are now kidnapping and killing one another. Is this the beginning of an all out war, or an opportunity for the moderates?

Hassan Hassan |