Why America’s Trillion-Dollar War on Terrorism Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram
A new book emphasizes the perils of social media campaigns and the limits of military intervention in saving Nigeria’s Chibok children.
Afghanistan Can’t Achieve Stability Without Women
To reach a gender-conscious peace deal with the Taliban, Afghan negotiators need more time—and U.S. support.
When Afghanistan Almost Worked
Five decades ago, before the great powers intervened, Afghanistan was on a much better path than today. But the longed-for “decade of democracy” was soon shattered.
The Islamic State’s Signing Bonus
The group may be defeated in Syria and Iraq, but joining it still offers major dividends to local jihadis in Africa.
‘The Taliban Have Tracked Me’
In Logar province, just outside of Kabul, fear of a Taliban takeover rises.
‘Bring the Troops Home’ Is a Dream, Not a Strategy
A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is a costly blunder and failure of leadership.
Why Experts Ignore Terrorism in Africa
If the world really cares about the continent’s future, it will start paying attention now.
From Moral Responsibility to Magical Thinking: How Biden Changed His Mind on Afghanistan
After 9/11, Biden embraced the idea that U.S. troops should leave the country better than how they found it. Now, as president, he’s withdrawing them regardless.
The country can’t contain insurgent movements until it has a comprehensive national plan for tackling them.
Biden Is Done with Afghanistan. Is Afghanistan Done With America?
Pulling out all U.S. troops is the administration’s risky plan to pressure Kabul and the Taliban to make peace.
Biden’s Withdrawal Plan Sets the Clock Ticking in Afghanistan
With troops to depart on Sept. 11, the next five months are critical for any chance of peace.
Why the World Won’t Criticize Chad
Western democracies look the other way as a dictatorial ally in the war on terror holds another election marred by violence and intimidation.
In Afghanistan, the Choice Isn’t Withdraw or Endless War
A middle path, with a greater role for India, is still possible—and preferable to either extreme.
Biden’s Strategy in the Sahel Looks a Lot Like Trump’s
U.S. diplomacy is back in West Africa—but the United States is also back to its old counterterrorism playbook.
Social Media Is an Intel Gold Mine. Why Aren’t Governments Using It?
“To platform or to deplatform” is the wrong debate.
India Joins the Afghan Peace Negotiations
Long sidelined by Islamabad, Moscow, and Beijing, New Delhi is finally taking a seat at the table.
Boko Haram Won’t Stop Targeting Schools in Nigeria
The militant group’s attacks and kidnappings bring it publicity and riches while weakening state security forces.
The U.S. Needs Deradicalization—for Christian Extremists
Programs designed to reform violent jihadis could help tackle the spread of QAnon and other conspiracy theories in evangelical communities.
9/11 Was a Wake-Up Call. America Is Still Snoozing After the Capitol Assault.
Domestic extremism is the greatest threat to the homeland—yet it’s not getting nearly enough public attention.