Terrorism

Argument

Strange Bedfellows

Is the turbulent Middle East bringing Sunni and Shiite jihadists together, or driving them to war?

Matthew Levitt |

Slide Show

Don't Call it a Drone

From quadropods to robo-jeeps, photos of tomorrow's warbots.

John Reed |

Argument

Zero Degrees of al Qaeda

How Twitter is supercharging jihadist recruitment.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

The Cuban in the Desert

The secret blogger who explains al Qaeda's new strategy.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Investigation

Inside Yemen's Shadow War Arsenal

The U.S. has spent hundreds of millions fighting Yemen's terrorists. What did it buy, really?

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Soldier of Misfortune

David Bax helped save 35 aid workers in a Mogadishu firefight. So why did they turn against him?

Colum Lynch |

David Rothkopf

The Real Risks

Prison breaks, the embassy shut down, and an al Qaeda comeback all reveal one thing: we're still handling the terror threat wrong.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

How We Lost Yemen

The United States used the Pakistan playbook on Yemen's terrorists. It didn't work.

Gregory D. Johnsen |

Christian Caryl

In Libya, They Really Are Out to Get You

Why paranoia is the key to Libyan politics.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

A Terrorist by Any Other Name

The E.U. finally decided to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Why won't the U.N.?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Report

Is the U.S. Ramping Up a Secret War in Somalia?

Islamists in East Africa were supposed to be on the run. But the raids and spy flights keep increasing.

Colum Lynch |

Micah Zenko

If Trayvon Were Pakistani…

Why isn't Obama outraged about a drone war based on profiling?

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Willful Ignorants

Pakistan’s leaked bin Laden report proves that the country’s vaunted spy agency is either shockingly inept or duplicitous. Or both.

Umar Farooq |

Argument

Star Trek Into Dumbness

The clumsy politics of Captain Kirk's latest adventure.

Michael Peck |

Feature

Comey Don't Play That

How Obama's pick to lead the FBI tried to put the brakes on the NSA's surveillance dragnet.

Marc Ambinder |

Argument

Evil in a Haystack

How do you find a terrorist hidden in millions of gigabytes of metadata?

J.M. Berger |

Rational Security

In Defense of PRISM

How else can we smoke terrorists out of their hidey holes?

John Arquilla |

Rational Security

Drones Are Too Slow to Kill Terrorists

President Obama's magical thinking about how to defeat al Qaeda.

John Arquilla |

Argument

Spies Like Them

How Robert Mueller transformed -- for better and for worse -- the FBI into a counterterrorism agency.

David Gomez |

Feature

The Wild West in East Africa

What do a handful of South African mercenaries do for an encore in Somalia, once all the pirates are gone?

James Bridger |

Reality Check

Speak No Evil

Why Obama shouldn't have given that big drone speech.

Aaron David Miller |

Micah Zenko

Confront and Confuse

Did Obama's speech actually say anything new about drones?

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Other War on Terror

Limiting drone strikes and closing Gitmo won't stop homegrown radicals.

Jane Harman |

Argument

Fear Factor

In defense of Obama's deadly signature strikes.

Philip Mudd |

Argument

Shutter Island

Why does Obama think it will be easier to close Gitmo this time?

Phillip Carter |

Terms of Engagement

The Indispensable Nation's Indispensable Weapon

Obama can't live without drones, Pakistan can't live with 'em. So the president bowed to the Islamic street.

James Traub |

By Other Means

Authorize This

Can Obama put the war on terror on a new legal footing?

Rosa Brooks |

By Other Means

The War Professor

Can Obama finally make the legal case for his war on terror?

Rosa Brooks |

Feature

Gitmo's Fallen Czar

Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.

Michelle Shephard |