Egypt’s Prisons Are Becoming Recruiting Grounds for the Islamic State
Abuse behind bars and a record high rate of detainment are a recipe for disaster.
ISIS Has Not Been Defeated. It’s Alive and Well in Southern Syria.
While Washington celebrates victory, the Islamic State is regrouping, and the Assad regime is letting it happen.
ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success
The amorphous Boko Haram splinter group is taking inspiration where it can get it and bringing disaster to the Lake Chad Basin in the process.
Inside the Fall of the Islamic State
On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.
Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops
Pro-Iran factions are pushing for the move just as the Islamic State is starting to hit back.
The West Needs to Take the Politics of Women in ISIS Seriously
Victim narratives and sensationalist reporting undermine female fighters’ agency.
Our Best Weekend Reads
This week, India and Pakistan faced off in Kashmir, and Trump left Hanoi empty-handed.
What Comes After ISIS?
The United States is good at using military might to defeat terrorists—but without a plan for clean, competent governance in areas once ruled by the Islamic State, the threat will remain.
Terrorism Threatens a Former Oasis of Stability in West Africa
Burkina Faso managed to avoid the violence that plagued its neighbors, but a combination of poverty, unstable neighbors, and weak security forces has opened the door for extremists.
Trump Is Making the Mess in Syria Even Messier
He inherited the conflict. It’s up to him to resolve it responsibly.
Don’t Blame Everything on Erdogan
The Turkish government doesn’t have a soft spot for the Islamic State, and Ankara stands to lose more than anyone if the terrorist group makes a comeback.
The New Face of Terrorism in 2019
Forget the Middle East—it’s time to prepare for attacks from the former Soviet Union.
The United States Can’t Rely on Turkey to Defeat ISIS
Erdogan wants to confront the Kurds, not the Islamic State. Outsourcing the battle to Ankara will endanger America.
Turkey Is Lying About Fighting ISIS
Erdogan promises to finish America's fight against the Islamic State, but it's the Kurds that he's out to destroy.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019
As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.
France’s Existential Loneliness in Syria
Emmanuel Macron’s responsibilities in the Middle East’s biggest war are about to grow beyond his ability to fulfill them.
Start Small to Stop the Next ISIS
One year on from the defeat of the Islamic State, the new U.S. Congress should draw on lessons learned from efforts to counter violent extremism.
ISIS May Be Gone, But Iraq’s Yazidis Are Still Suffering
The defeat of the Islamic State has created a power vacuum in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, leaving the Yazidi minority at the mercy of competing militias.
Want to Deradicalize Terrorists? Treat Them Like Everyone Else.
Many counter-extremism efforts falter because ideological reform programs run by governments lack credibility. Appealing to the basic psychological needs of ex-radicals is more promising.
Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething
The world has focused on rebuilding the country’s north after defeating the Islamic State while ignoring festering resentment and poverty in Basra.