Why the Left Should Embrace John Brennan

The architect of the drone program is the only one who can fix it.

Michael A. Cohen |


Did Awlaki Really Help the 9/11 Hijackers?

What Judicial Watch and Fox News got wrong about al Qaeda's leading English-language ideologue.

J.M. Berger |

The List

Four Surprises That Could Rock Asia in 2013

Are we paying attention to the wrong crises?

Michael Mazza |


Anatomy of an Air Attack Gone Wrong

In rural Yemen, a botched attack on a terror suspect kills 12 civilians and destroys a community.

Letta Tayler |


All (Syrian) Politics Is Local

How jihadists are winning hearts and minds in Syria.

Hassan Hassan |


What Africa Did Right in 2012

Africans are getting better at finding their own solutions to African problems.

Jon Temin |


Zero Farce Thirty

The man who nearly stopped 9/11 tells FP why Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden gets it wrong.  

Ty McCormick |


Syria's Time Is Running Out

The country tears itself further apart with each passing day. This is the moment to do something about it.

Frederic Hof |

The List

A League of Our Own

The NRA is wrong -- gun culture in Israel and Switzerland isn't anything like it is in the United States.

Janet Rosenbaum |


Ultimate Sacrifice

What's the difference between self-immolators and suicide bombers?

Michael Biggs |


The Boomerang Effect

Will the civil war in Syria incite a Sunni-Shiite holy war in Lebanon?

Patrick Galey |


Still Think Middle East Peace Doesn't Matter?

Gaza's radiating instability proves once again that Palestine is at the center of the region's problems.

Steven A. Cook |

The List

The Making of a Cultural Icon

How Malala became an international hero.

Lois Farrow Parshley |


A Pillar of Problems

Eight questions about the Israel-Gaza conflict we still don't have a good handle on.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Micah Zenko

Dempsey's Paradox

The world is getting less violent. So why do we feel so threatened?

Micah Zenko |


The New Battlefield

5 ways terrorism has changed since 9/11.

John McLaughlin |


Reaction Time

Why terrorism derails every administration.

Martha Crenshaw |


Bahrain Burning

The island kingdom is descending into violence, and nobody has a plan to restore order.

Michael Stephens |

Amy Zegart

Interrogation Techniques

What Bob Schieffer can learn from the CIA.

Amy Zegart |


Caught in the Crossfire

If the United States wants to save Lebanon, it should get off the sidelines and help topple Bashar al-Assad's bloody dictatorship.

Firas Maksad |

Rational Security

Fight Night

How Barack Obama and Mitt Romney measure up on the seven foreign policy issues that really matter.

John Arquilla |


The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |


Rewarding Impunity

Why is President Obama's attorney general handing out prizes for sweeping torture under the rug?

David Cole |


The Ground Truth from Benghazi

The politicians in Washington are beating each other up over the Benghazi consulate attack. But they don't seem to be paying much attention to the evidence from the scene of the crime.

Christopher Stephen |

Micah Zenko

Don't Just 'Do Something'

Why Obama shouldn't send a bunch of ninjas to Benghazi.

Micah Zenko |



What if we can't catch terrorists in America because there aren't any?

John Mueller |


Justice Delayed

Why is it so hard to figure out who killed Christopher Stevens?

Martha Crenshaw |


Reports of al Qaeda's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The terrorist group may be headless, but its tentacles still pack a mean punch.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |