Terrorism

Prisoners walk through an atrium at HMP Pentonville in London on May 19, 2003.

Radical Islamists Are Still a Threat Behind Bars

The rise of prison emirs and radicalization among incarcerated extremists means that governments must be as vigilant with prisoners as they are with fundamentalists on the street.

Iranian students at Amirkabir University in Tehran protest

A Public Relations Disaster Overtakes Iran

With protests raging in the streets, the Islamic Republic finds itself on the defensive at home and overseas over its misrepresentations.

Iranians burn a U.S. flag during a demonstration in Tehran following the killing of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani

Suleimani Killing Sparks Fear of War and Economic Turmoil

Oil markets expect escalation in wake of U.S. strike on Iranian general.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the logo of the Islamic State near Mosul, Iraq, on March 1, 2017.

The Year the Islamic State Lost Its Last Strongholds

Many of its militants are now in prison, but that doesn’t mean the battle is over. In 2020, conflict could rise anew.

A fighter loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2020         

Friends and foes alike no longer know where the United States stands. As Washington overpromises and underdelivers, regional powers are seeking solutions on their own—both through violence and diplomacy.

U.N. forces in Mali.

U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region

Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground.

A group of migrant men, mainly from Niger and Nigeria, sit in the back of a pickup truck during a journey across northern Niger toward the Libyan border post of Qatrun on Jan. 15.

2020 Could be Niger’s Year of Reckoning

The country is home to one of the largest deployments of U.S. military personnel in Africa and is a linchpin of regional stability—but the coming year could throw all that into turmoil.

A young Kashmiri villager looks at the remains of a house destroyed during a deadly gun battle between militants and Indian government forces south of Srinagar, on March 5, 2019.

India’s Militant Pipeline

From being jailed for throwing stones to joining terrorist groups, the history of radicalization in Kashmir shows that the region won’t stay quiet for long.

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (C) arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on Nov. 11.

Sudan’s New Government Can’t Succeed If It Remains on the U.S. Blacklist

Washington’s refusal to remove Khartoum from the state sponsors of terrorism list will slow Sudan’s transition to democracy and could undermine it.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, speaks as a picture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Oct. 30.

The Islamic State Will Outlive Baghdadi. Afghanistan Shows How.

The Islamic State-Khorasan offers a powerful case study of the militant group’s ability to create autonomous affiliates that flourish and endure.

Indian Shiite Muslim demonstrators burn an image of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a protest in New Delhi on June 9, 2017.

Baghdadi Is Dead But His Legend Lives On

The leader of the Islamic State was finally killed—but not before he became the most important terrorist in recent history.

A member of the Syrian pro-government forces carries an Islamic State flag as he stands on a street in Palmyra on March 27, 2016.

Baghdadi’s Martyrdom Bump

Killing the Islamic State leader will not kill his ideas.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the logo of the Islamic State south of Mosul on March 1, 2017.

Baghdadi’s Death Will Make Global Affiliates More Independent

The Islamic State’s next leader will have a hard time bringing disparate groups with competing agendas together.

A woman and children near a water tank at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held in northeastern Syria on Oct. 17.

In Syria, the Women and Children of ISIS Have Been Forgotten

Leaving thousands of detained Islamic State supporters and their families in poorly guarded camps poses a national security threat for Europe and the United States.

Members of the Iraqi Army load suspected Islamic State jihadis into a truck as they leave the courts before going to jail south of Mosul on Dec. 6, 2016.

Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner’s Dilemma

New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

Staff at the Prince of Wales hospital in Hong Kong wear face masks to protect themselves from SARS on March 14, 2003.

What Terrorism Experts Can Learn From Public Health Experts

National security professionals have a duty to use their influence to fight hyperbole.

About 20 members and supporters of Confederate heritage groups, including CSA II: The New Confederate States of America and the Virginia Task Force of Three Percenters or the 'Dixie Defenders,' face off with about 100 counter protesters at the Jefferson Davis Monument August 19, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.

White Supremacy Has Triggered a Terrorism Panic

The collective response to white nationalism has swung wildly from complacency to terrified myth-making.

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Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?

The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.

A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.

A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.